BOSTON, Mass. – In another crucial Little East Conference doubleheader baseball managed to scrape together six-runs in the two games to earn a split with Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Monan Park.
GM1 – UMass Boston 2, Plymouth State University 4
GM2 – UMass Boston 4, Plymouth State University 2
UMass Boston (11-8, 3-2 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State University (9-10, 2-3 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons offense combined for 16 hits respectively, with senior Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) standing as the lone Beacon with more than three hits in the twinbill. The first baseman recorded one in game one, and three in game two to extend his hit-streak to 15 straight games.
UMass Boston was the visiting team in both games as the doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played at Plymouth State University. The games were moved to Boston because PSU's field is still under snow.
GAME 1 – UMB 2, PSU 4
The Beacons would manage their only two runs in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game at 2-2 at the time. Plymouth State would immediately counter in the bottom half of the inning to take the slim 4-2 decision.
Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) finished with two of the team's six hits and accounted for one of the runs. The Beacons second run in game one went to Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.). Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) got the start on the hill for UMB and went five complete. The senior righty allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits and had two strikeouts. The loss went to Joe Maguire (Peabody, Mass.), who surrendered the two runs in the eighth on one hit.
GAME 2 – UMB 4, PSU 2
The nightcap got off to a good start for the Beacons as they tacked on their first run of the day in the top of the first inning on a Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) RBI single up the middle, which plated Boudrias.
Plymouth State would once again immediately respond in the bottom half of the same inning with an RBI double of their own.
It was not until the sixth inning that the Beacons would strike again, this time on a sac-fly by Nick Palma (Peabody, Mass.) to make it a 2-1 ball game. In the seven, Nick Cotraro (Beverly, Mass.) represented the Beacons third run of the game, as he took home following a wild pitch.
The Panthers quickly cut the deficit back to one with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Beacons got the insurance run they needed in the top of the eighth with Nico Kydes (Stamford, Conn.) dropping a single into left field, which scored Ryan McLoud (Plymouth, Mass.).
In the ninth, the Beacons turned to closer Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.). After walking the first batter he faced and hitting the second, the senior righty collected himself and struck out the next two in order. He ended the game with a fly out to left field to earn his conference leading sixth save.
Also playing a major part in the game two win, was the incredible defensive showing by Huegi. The senior shortstop turned three double plays in the win, one of which he out hustled the runner to second base to help keep the Panthers off the scoreboard.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Cotraro recorded the Beacons lone extra base hit, a double, in the doubleheader
- In total the Beacons pitching staff combined for 15 strikeouts
- Tylor Arruda (New Bedford, Mass.) earned the win in game two, his third of the season, after allowing just one run on six hits in six innings of work; He also had five K's and four walks
- The Beacons are now 3-1 all-time against the Panthers at Monan Park, but are still 2-0 as the home team
- The Panthers entered the doubleheader as the Division III leader in steals per game with 4.88 and third in the country in total steals
- UMB is now 11-3 against the Panthers since April 25, 2015
- The split marked the second straight between UMB and PSU
- With his four hits on the day, Boudrias now sits with 214 career hits which is just eight hits from tying Dan Mantoni '17 for third in all-time career hits
- With his game two save Tramondozzi now has 22 career saves in his four seasons at UMass Boston
The Beacons will host nationally-ranked Southern Maine on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in a single game at Monan Park.