GORHAM, Maine – The 23rd ranked Huskies of the University of Southern Maine handed the fourth/fifth ranked Beacons a 14-6 loss Tuesday afternoon at Ed Flaherty Field, ending the Beacons 15 game win-streak in a crucial Little East Conference match.
#4/5 UMass Boston 6, #23 U. of Southern Maine 14
UMass Boston (26-6, 9-1 Little East Conference)
U. of Southern Maine (21-8, 7-3 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons pitching staff allowed a season-high three home runs and 19 hits, while UMB's offense was less than stellar as they combined for just three runs through the first eight innings. In what has become a recent trend for UMB, they once again failed to score runs early, which allowed the Huskies to jump out to a commanding lead.
UMB did try to close the gap in the ninth, but had to do so with two outs on the scoreboard, as the Huskies got back-to-back strikeouts to start off the final frame. The Beacons cut the deficit to eight and had the bases loaded, but the Huskies bullpen would collect the final out to preserve the win.
With the loss, UMB now sits just two-games ahead of the Huskies with only four-games remaining in the Little East regular season. A sweep this Saturday at Plymouth State University and a Southern Maine loss would secure the Beacons second regular season title in the last three seasons, and the right to host the Little East Tournament at Monan Park. UMB could also clinch if they were to win three of their last four games remaining as well, as USM split with both Plymouth State and Rhode Island College. The Beacons will face the Anchormen in the final regular season series at Monan Park next Friday.
Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) was one of two Beacons that recorded multiple hits in the conference loss, as the junior finished 3-for-5 with three RBI. He had one of the team's three doubles, with Anthony Cecere (Wakefield, Mass.), and Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) also hitting doubles.
Joey Rogers (Dighton, Mass.), who was 3-0 against Southern Maine all-time, was handed his first loss as he gave up eight runs, on nine hits, while only striking out three.
Ben Lambert was once again impressive against the Beacons as he struck out nine, while only allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work. USM's bullpen would pick-up five more strikeouts to bring the game total to 14 and the season total to 28 in two meetings.
Jake Dexter led the Huskies bats with a 4-for-5 showing, while Zach Quintal finished 2-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored. Both of Quintal's hits were homers, while Kyle Heath recorded three of the Huskies' five doubles.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons record setting win-streak ended at 15 straight games, nine straight in Little East Conference play
- The six-runs for the Beacons marked the most in LEC play since game two of their two-game series with UMass Dartmouth
- UMB has not allowed 14 runs this season, and it marked just the third time that an opponent scored 10 or more runs in 32 games played
- Tuesday's loss marked just the second for UMB against the Huskies since April 19, 2016 with both losses coming in Gorham
- The Beacons entered Tuesday's game ranked fourth on the ABCA National Poll and fifth on the D3Baseball.com/NCBWA Top-25 Poll
The Beacons will host St. Joseph's College (ME) tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Monan Park.