BEVERLY, Mass. – A three-run home run by Jose Pena (Boston, Mass.) in the top of the ninth put baseball to within one, but they were unable to pull off the comeback as they were defeated by Endicott College by the final of 8-7 Monday afternoon at North Field.
Chase Sullivan's first collegiate solo homer in the fifth proved to be the deciding run, while on the hill Connor McLaughlin managed to get his team out of the inning with the Beacons knocking on the door to earn his fifth save of the year.
Endicott College improved to 26-12 with Monday's win and represented the first of three regionally-ranked opponents that the Beacons will face this week. For the Beacons they dropped to 14-19, with Pena finishing 1-for-4 at the plate, which included a walk, three RBI and two runs scored.
UMass Boston was able to take advantage of four Endicott errors on the day to score runs in the second, fourth, and sixth innings. They would also tack on a run in the top of the seventh to cut the Gull's lead to four (8-4). The Beacons fourth run came on an RBI single by Daniel Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.)
In the ninth Pena crushed his third homer in just over a week to make it a one-run ball game. His long ball would have tied the game at 8-8, had the Gull's not picked off a runner at first to put two outs on the board. They would eventually get the final out of the inning and earn the victory on a groundout to the second baseman.
Senior righty Will Barrack (Lancaster, Va.) started the game for the Beacons, but was only able to go the first two innings. During his outing the Gulls did a majority of their work, scoring seven of their eight runs. Gulls freshman starter Luke Morse took the mound and pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three unearned runs to cross the plate on four hits and one walk with two strikeouts as the rookie improved to 4-4 on the season.
The Beacons relied on their bullpen to keep the Gulls offense in check as seniors Matt Dziok (Southampton, Mass.) and Tom Cole (Mattapoisett, Mass.) combined for six innings of four-hit, one-run pitching to close out the game.
Cody Hall recorded a career-high four RBI in the non-conference victory as the shortstop went 1-for-4 with a run scored. For Sullivan he finished the day 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored and was the deciding factor with the long ball in the fifth. Cam Farnham, continued his hot hitting with a 4-for-5 day.
Baseball returns to action tomorrow when they travel to Wheaton College (Mass.) for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game.