BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Dave Murphy (Plymouth, Mass.) and one of the best showings from the Beacons pitching staff, baseball cruised to their third straight win as they defeated Babson College by the final of 7-2 Thursday afternoon at Monan Park.
UMass Boston 7, Babson College 2
UMass Boston (13-11)
Babson College (14-9-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Murphy proved to be the driving force behind the Beacons huge non-conference win, as the junior transfer went 5-for-5, with two RBI and two runs scored. As a team the Beacons combined for 16 hits, which marks a season-high, and is the second the straight game with 10 or more hits.
On the hill, seven different pitchers did their part to help the Beacons to their first three game win-streak of the year. Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.), got the start and allowed just one run on one hit in the first two innings. From there Bryan Kaufman (Farmingdale, N.Y.), and the rest of the bullpen held the Beavers to just one run on five hits over the next seven innings.
Kaufman picked-up the victory on the staff day, as he improved to 2-3. Shawn Smeglin (Wakefield, Mass.) went two innings as well, and did not surrender a walk, and had a game-high two strikeouts.
Ryan Olivo (Rochester, N.Y.) also swung a hot bat as he went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Anthony Searles (Shelton, Conn.) and Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) also drove in a pair runs respectively to help on the scoreboard.
Thursday's contest look as if though the Beacons were going to have their work cut out for them, as the Beavers led off the game with a triple, followed by an RBI ground out to make it 1-0 in opening frame.
However the Beacons would respond immediately with a run in the bottom half of the first to keep their rivals close. After a scoreless second, and top of the third for Babson, UMass took their first lead of the day, as Murphy and Searles each drove in a run on back-to-back singles.
In the fourth, Murphy did it again, with Olivo following suit to make it a 5-1 ball game in favor of the Beacons. The Beacons would all but seal the victory in the eighth, with Boudrias driving in a pair of runs on a deep single to center field.
Babson did get the final run of the day, an RBI single by Eric Juan in the top of the 9th, but they were quickly retired thanks to Manny Garcia (Boston, Mass.). The Beacons closer finished out the ninth, and allowed the one run on just two hits.
Ken Rotunno was handed the loss, after surrendering five runs on 10 hits over five innings. Mark Webber was the only Beaver to finish with multiple hits, as Babson was held to just six hits in the loss.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, UMass has now won three of their last four meetings
- Kaufman is now 2-0 against the Beavers, having earned the win in 2015 (8-4)
- Josh Lopez (New Haven, Conn.), had his best defensive game as he combined for five putouts, and five assists, and one double play on 10 total chances
- UMass has now won two straight against the Beavers, which has happened only one other time in their 32 meetings
- Murphy's five hits marks a season-high for any Beacons player this season
The Beacons will host UMass Dartmouth on Saturday at 2 p.m. for a conference doubleheader.