Southern Maine Uses Big Early Lead To Down Baseball 17-10

Southern Maine Uses Big Early Lead To Down Baseball 17-10

BROCKTON, Mass.—The University of Southern Maine (19-9, 7-3 Little East) scored 14 runs in the opening four frames to cruise to a 17-10 win over host UMass Boston baseball (13-12, 5-5 Little East) Tuesday afternoon at Campanelli Stadium.

The Huskies scored three runs in the first and third innings, one in the second and seven unearned runs in the fourth inning to leap out to a 14-2 lead. With the win, Southern Maine stays in a tie with UMass Dartmouth (7-3) for the league-lead with four games left to play in the conference season. On the other side UMass Boston saw their season-high three-game winning streak come to a close, as the Beacons committed five errors over the first four innings. 

UMass Boston sophomore catcher Anthony Searles (Shelton, Conn.) hit his first collegiate home run and led the Beacons offensively with a 2-for-3 day with one run and two RBI. 

Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) added three hits in five at-bats, a run scored and a team-best three RBI. While off the bench, Chris Adams (Whitman, Mass.) added two hits in two at-bats, including a pinch hit double, and an RBI.

Alex Carusotto (Pittsfield, Mass.), Harlan Zeerip (Bridgewater, Conn.) and Yuta Ito (Kobe, Japan) combined to allow just three runs over the final six innings, after Southern Maine scored 14 in the first three plus innings. Freshman Sal Frosceno (Derby, Conn.) took the loss, after allowing seven earned runs over 2.1 innings. 

Sophomore Nick George improved to 3-0 for the Huskies by going five innings and allowing four earned runs, while striking out five.  

Dylan Morris and Brendon Joyce both struck for three-run homers for the Huskies, who set a new season-high with their 21 hits and tied their season-high with 17 runs scored.

After Southern Maine opened the game with three runs in the top of the first, UMass Boston cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning. With Josh Lopez (New Haven, Conn.) and Delvis Baez (Lawrence, Mass.) in scoring position and one out, Ezold drove a double over the left fielder's head to easily plate both runners. 

Southern Maine would proceed to score the next 11 runs, to run away with the contest. 

With a 4-2 lead heading into the third, Morris gave the visitors a five-run cushion and ended Frosceno's day, when he drove a ball over the fence in dead-center field for a three-run homer.

The Huskies would tack on seven more runs in the fourth inning, behind four Beacons' errors. Each of the first three Huskies in the inning reached on errors and then Southern Maine followed with five hits and a walk, including Joyce's three-run homer to right field that pushed the visitors lead to 13-2.

UMass Boston would slowly cut into the lead over the final five frames, with Searles coming away with the biggest hit. With Charlie LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) on first after a lead-off single in the bottom of the fifth, Searles crushed a ball to the base of the scoreboard in left-center field for his first collegiate homer. 

Ezequiel Sanchez (Manti, Puerto Rico) added a pinch-hit RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it a 14-5 game, but that's as close as the Beacons would get until the ninth inning.

With the Beacons trailing 17-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth, UMass Boston sent nine batters to the plate against Chase Orava and scored four runs. Ezold and Adams each had RBI singles during the rally, but Orava struck out the final two batters to give Southern Maine the season-sweep.

UMass Boston will host Lesley University Wednesday at 5 p.m. in non-conference action at Campanelli Stadium.