BROCKTON, Mass.—Four Dolphins pitchers combined to allow six hits and just one run and Josh Sharpe added two runs and three RBI to help the visiting College of Mount Saint Vincent (11-17) to an 11-1 victory over UMass Boston (11-13) Wednesday afternoon at Campanelli Stadium.
The Dolphins jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and tacked on four more in the fourth and three in the seventh to easily earn a victory in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Senior second baseman Jose Pena (Boston, Mass.) paced the Beacons with two hits and an RBI, while freshman Zach Cartwright (Tampa, Fla.) earned his first collegiate start at shortstop and picked up his second collegiate hit.
After Will Barrack (Lancaster, Va.) was charged with eight runs, five earned, through 3.1 innings, Brendan Eygabroat used some seldom-used relievers with great success.
Seniors Ryan Augustine (Burlington, Conn.) and Tom Cole (Mattapoisett, Mass.) each made their 2014 debuts, while freshman Mark Ney (Marlborough, Mass.) appeared in his second game in Beacons Blue. The trio allowed just three runs over 5.2 innings, with Cole, who was making his first appearance in two seasons, striking out three and allowing just one hit and two walks over the final 2.2 innings.
The College of Mount Saint Vincent's pitching was just a little bit better on the day though, as the four Dolphins pitchers stranded nine Beacons and allowed just one earned run. Reliever Mike Kuczinski earned the victory by throwing three scoreless innings.
Mount Saint Vincent opened the contest with four runs in the top of the first thanks to three walks, two hits, a hit by pitch and a Beacons error.
With the bases loaded and one down, Mike Esposito got the Dolphins on the board with a bloop single to left-center field that fell between two Beacons' outfielders. Tyler Rieth followed with an RBI groundout and Keith Schroeher tacked on two more runs with an RBI single down the right-field line to push the visitor's lead to 4-0.
The Dolphins added to their lead in the fourth thanks to two more Beacons' errors and some aggressive base-running.
With the bases loaded once again, Sharpe hit a weak grounder to second base that Pena threw away, allowing two runs to come into score. After Barrack was replaced by Ney, the Dolphins tacked on two more runs, thanks to two double-steals. Each time the Dolphins runner from first base forced a throw down to second, allowing the runner from third to scamper home.
UMass Boston had a chance to cut into the 8-0 deficit in the bottom of the fourth, but the Dolphins defense turned a perfectly executed double-play with the bases loaded and one out.
The Beacons finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth with two down. Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.) worked a lead-off walk and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. With two down, Pena lined a double down the right-field line to easily score Moquete and cut the deficit to 8-1.
The visitors answered right back with three runs in the top of the seventh. After throwing a scoreless sixth inning, Augustine loaded the bases with one out, before allowing an RBI infield single to Craig Weber. Cole came in to replace Augustine and was greeted by a two-run single through the left-side from Sharpe to make it 11-1. Cole was making his first appearance since April 18, 2012, after missing all of last-season due to shoulder surgery.
That would be the last time either team would scratch across a run, as Cole and Joseph Crosser matched each other with scoreless eight and ninth innings for their respective squads.
UMass Boston will continue their season-high eight-game home-stand on Friday, when the Beacons host Western New England University at 4 p.m.