BOSTON, Mass.—Brandeis University junior Sean O'Neill held the Beacons to just three hits in seven-plus innings and Kyle Lussier hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh, to lift the Judges past host UMass Boston baseball Monday afternoon.
Brandeis University 3, UMass Boston 1
(UMass Boston 1-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
A year after combining for 28-runs at Monan Park, O'Neill paved the way for the Judges first win, by allowing just three hits and one run in seven innings. He struck out five and allowed three walks, before being pulled after a lead-off single to start the eighth. That single was the first hit he allowed since giving up back-to-back hits with two down in the first.
Freshman Tim Lopez and senior Liam Coughlin came on in relief and combined to go two innings scoreless with one walk and two strikeouts.
UMass Boston's pitching staff matched Brandeis for the opening six innings. Lefty starter JT Morin (Wilton, Conn.) allowed just one run in four innings of work, including stranding the bases loaded with one down in the fourth.
Sophomore Joe Maguire (Peabody, Mass.) got out of his own bases-loaded one out jam in the fifth. His final line included two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and two hits. Freshman Chris Munro (Marshfield, Mass.) made his collegiate debut and threw 2.1 scoreless innings, with three strikeouts to close out the game.
Sophomore Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) led the Beacons offensively with an RBI double in three trips to the plate. Senior Dave Murphy (Plymouth, Mass.) added an infield single and a run scored and Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) produced the Beacons final hit of the day.
UMass Boston scored their lone run of the game in the bottom of the first. With two down and no one, Murphy singled into the hole at shortstop and then came in to score from first on a Boudrias double to the left-center field gap.
After cruising through the second and third, Brandeis finally got to Morin in the fourth. Dan O'Leary led off with a double off the wall in left and moved to third base on an error. With runners at the corners and one out, O'Leary scampered home on a wild pitch to tie the game. The Judges would load the bases with one down, but Morin induced back-to-back short fly balls to Joey Rogers (Dighton, Mass.) in right to get out of the jam.
Brandeis threatened again in the fifth, but with the bases loaded and one down, Maguire induced a four-six-three double play to get out of the inning.
With the Beacons' bats silent, Brandeis finally went ahead in the seventh. Lussier greeted sophomore Kyle Carvello (Braintree, Mass.) with a homer over the "Monster" and Ryan Tettemer tacked on a sacrifice fly with one out.
The Beacons mounted their first real rally since the first in the bottom of the eighth. Herzog lined a hard single to center to end O'Neill's day . Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.) came on to pinch hit and worked a four pitch walk and then both base runners moved up on a two-strike sacrifice bunt from Sal Frosceno (Derby, Conn.). With the tying run at second and one out, Lopez forced a pair of fly outs without a run scoring, to keep the score 3-1.
Coughlin tossed a one-two-three ninth to secure Brandeis' first win of the year.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Brandeis improved to 6-1 all-time against the Beacons and 2-0 at Monan Park.
- The Beacons' three hits were their fewest since April 16, 2016. The Beacons managed just three hits, one doubles and two singles in a 4-1 game one loss to UMass Dartmouth.
- UMass Boston's pitching staff combined for 10 strikeouts and allowed just seven hits.
UMass Boston will play their final game before Florida on Tuesday, when they host regional power MIT at 3 p.m. The Beacons defeated MIT 4-0 last season in the first-ever game at Monan Park.