SALEM, Mass. – With a combined 18 hits, eight of which were for extra bases, Salem State University (15-10) defeated baseball (9-8) for the second time in less than a by the final of 13-3 Tuesday afternoon at Central Campus Field.
Richard Fecteau led the Vikings as the second baseman went 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored. Designated hitter Brett Cahill also had a big day for Salem as he went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.
Salem State got on the board in the bottom of the opening inning scoring three runs. UMass would respond with a run in the top of the second to make it 3-1 in favor of the home team. The Vikings would push their lead to four in the bottom half of the same inning with a pair of runs to make it 5-1. The Beacons would get one more run in the third to cut Salem's lead to three.
The Vikings would gain some insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth, before securing the victory in the seventh scoring five more runs to push their lead to 10. The Beacons were held to just one more run in the top of the sixth before falling to the Vikings.
Harlan Zeerip (Bridgewater, Conn.) was handed the loss after going one complete inning, in which he allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits. The Beacons bullpen got a lot of work in Tuesday's loss with five different hurlers stepping on the hill in Salem.
At the plate Anthony Searles (Shelton, Conn.) and Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) each recorded two hits and a run scored. The Beacons managed eight hits in the loss with Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.) and Alex Webb (Gloucester, Mass.) each driving in one run.
Matt Burnham earned the victory, his second of the year, after going six complete innings. He allowed all three runs and eight hits. He also walked four and struck out three.
Baseball returns to action tomorrow when they host Framingham State University in the Beacons 2014 home opener at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton. Frist pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.