AUBURNDALE, Fla. – With runners on first and second in the bottom of the 11th inning, Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) ripped an RBI single which plated Danny Brown to give baseball another come-from-behind win as they defeated Rowan University by the final of 7-6 Saturday evening at Lake Myrtle Field.
UMass Boston 7, Rowan University 6
UMass Boston (3-1)
Rowan University (5-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With one out on the scoreboard, the Beacons led off the bottom half of the 11th with single by Brown that got through the right side of the infield. From there a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt by Sal Frosceno (Derby, Conn.) moved Brown over to second, and eliminated the chance of a double play ball.
The Beacons would then catch a huge break as Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) reached on an error by the Profs defense to put runners at first and second. That would then set-up the Herzog game-winning single, as the sophomore for the second straight night played a major part in the Beacons come-from-behind win.
Friday's win went to Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.), who allowed just one hit in two innings of work. The Beacons top closer struck out four batters, and did not surrender a walk to keep the game even at 6-6.
Just like their win yesterday, the Beacons had to overcame a substantial lead, as they trailed Rowan by four runs heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Beacons would tie the game at 4-4 in that inning, and would take their first lead of the day in the fifth as they tacked on a pair of runs. Rowan would even the score at six runs a-piece in the top half of the seventh.
UMB could have earned the walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth inning, unfortunatley Rowan recorded back-to-back strikeouts to strand a runner on second to force the extra frames. With Tramondozzi cruising on the hill in his first two innings of work, the Beacons knew that all they needed was to get just one base runner in scoring position.
On the day, the Beacons managed just six hits but did take advantage of four Rowan errors, and four wild pitches, all of which played a major part in the Beacons mid-inning rally.
Dan Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) and Frosceno each recorded a double in the win, while Herzog finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Mantoni earned his second start of the year and last 5.2 innings. Bryan Kaufman had a strong appearance out of the bullpen as he allowed just two hits in 2.1 innings of relief.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday's win marked the first for the Beacons over Rowan having dropped their previous two meetings, both of which took place in Florida
- Through the Beacons first four games, Herzog leads the offense with a .375 average, six hits, and five RBI
- The last time UMass started their spring trip off with a 2-0 record was in 2012
The Beacons will face Nichols College tomorrow at 12:30 pm at the Chain of Lakes Park, Field #1.