BOSTON, Mass. – The tough week for the fourth/fifth ranked Beacons continued as they once again struggled to score runs as the Beacons stranded a season-high 16 runners in the 5-1 loss to Roger Williams University Friday afternoon at Monan Park.
#4/5 UMass Boston 1, Roger Williams University 5
UMass Boston (11-5)
Roger Williams (4-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After scoring their only run in the bottom of the first inning, the Beacons failed to drive in another run, despite having at-least one player reach base in every inning. In two separate innings, the Beacons left the bases loaded, while the Hawks used a grand slam in the fourth inning to get all the run support they needed to earn the upset win.
With the four-run cushion, Justin Garcia and Chris Flynn would continue to shut down the Beacons over the final five innings. Garcia collected the win, after striking out six, while only allowing the one-run, which was unearned, on seven hits. Flynn registered his first save of 2018 after pitching four scoreless innings. The right allowed just three hits and struckout four in the best showing of the young players career.
Despite the grand slam, the Beacons pitching staff did everything they could to limit the Hawks. Tyler Arruda was handed his first loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits. From there the bullpen continued to shut down the Hawks bats with Sal Frosceno (Derby, Conn.), Anthony Pescara (Hinsdale, Ill.), and Chris Munro (Marshfield, Mass.) allowing just two hits over the final four innings respectively.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Hawks ended a three-game skid to the Beacons and won their second of three meetings in Monan Park
- The Beacons entered the contest ranked 4th on the D3Baseball.com National Poll and 5th on the ABCA National Poll
- The Beacons are now 4-2 in Monan Park in 2018
The Beacons will travel to Eastern Connecticut State University tomorrow for a Little East Conference doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.