Top 13 of 2013: Ilges Shuts Out Eventual Runner-Up Southern Maine 4-0
This is the eighth in our Top 13 of 2013 series. Every day for the rest of 2013, we will count down the Top 13 moments/games of the year, with each program represented. With three Little East Conference Titles, several huge upsets over nationally ranked teams and some dramatic finishes-2013 was another step forward for UMass Boston Athletics.
UMass Boston Baseball experienced an up-and-down 2013, but no win was more impressive than the Beacons' 4-0 win over national runner-up University of Southern Maine on April 23.
Junior right-handed pitcher Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, Mass.) pitched the best game of his career to hand the #11 Huskies their first shutout in 64 games. The shutout marked the first of Ilges' career, as he limited the top offense (8.91 runs per game) in the Little East Conference to just three singles and a walk, over nine dominant innings.
The performance was made even more special considering the fact the Beacons knocked off the Huskies at the USM Baseball Stadium, one of just three losses Southern Maine suffered at home all year.
While Ilges dominated the Huskies offense, his batterymate Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) carried the Beacons' offense with two RBI. Junior Jose Pena (Boston, Mass.) added two hits and an RBI, while senior captain Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) recorded two hits and a run scored.
Ilges set the tone early in the game, retiring the first 10 Huskies he faced, while his offense gave him some breathing room.
Consiglio doubled with one out in the first and came home on an RBI single from Ezold to give UMB an early 1-0 lead. The two players would be involved in the next Beacons' rally as well, as Consiglio singled to move Pena over to second and Pena scurried home on Ezold's one out sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 UMass Boston.
That would be more than enough run support for Ilges who adeptly worked around minor trouble in the fourth, fifth and sixth, before the Beacons padded the lead with two more runs in the seventh (4-0).
The junior right-hander faced a bases-loaded two out jam in the eighth, but forced Southern Maine's number five-hitter, John Carey, to weakly pop out to Ezold for the third out.
Another quick 1-2-3- inning in the ninth sent the Beacons home with their biggest win of 2013, as they dealt the Huskies, the eventual #2 team in the country, one of their 10 losses on the season.