BRISTOL, R.I.—Three Beacons pitchers combined to allow just five hits, no walks and no earned runs, to lead UMass Boston Baseball to a 4-1 road win over Roger Williams University on Wednesday afternoon.
UMass Boston 4, Roger Williams 1
(UMass Boston 13-8)
(Roger Williams 9-14-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Junior Ben Gottesman (Acton, Mass.) put together the best start of his collegiate career and fellow starting pitchers Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) and Tylor Arruda (New Bedford, Mass.) combined to close it out.
Gottesman threw a career-high five innings and allowed just three hits and one unearned run to earn the victory. He tied his career-high with five strikeouts in his second-consecutive start for the Beacons.
Burgos allowed just two hits and struck out one over two scoreless frames. Arruda came on for the final two innings and gave up just one hit for his first collegiate save.
Offensively, Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) and Anthony Cecere (Wakefield, Mass.) each finished with three hits in the contest. Boudrias added a run scored and an RBI, while Cecere chipped in with a run scored.
Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.) was the only other Beacon to record multiple hits, as he finished 2-4 with an RBI.
UMass Boston took the lead for good in the top of the first. Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) worked a leadoff walk and Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) came through with a single to left. Boudrais followed with an RBI single to right that plated Herzog to make it 1-0. Roger Williams pitcher Kyle Schaefer got out of the bases loaded jam with no outs thanks to a pair of strikeouts and a fly out.
The Beacons doubled their lead in the third. Cecere doubled with two down and raced home when Nick Palma (Peabody, Mass.) laced a single to right field.
Roger Williams scratched across their only run of the game in the bottom of the third. Justin Stone reached on a leadoff error, took third on a single to right and came home on Eli Camner's RBI groundout.
UMass Boston pushed their lead back to two in the next half-inning. Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) led off with a double, took third on a Ryan Leung (Brookline, Mass.) sacrifice bunt and scored on a Huegi RBI single.
The Beacons added their final run of the game in the fifth. Boudrias opened the frame with a single, took second on a passed ball, third on a groundout and easily scored on a Nico Kydes (Stamford, Conn.) two-out single.
Roger Williams had their best chance to get back into the game in the sixth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Burgos induced a fly out to center to get out of the jam.
The Hawks managed to put just two base runners on base over the final three innings against Burgos and Arruda.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons recorded 14 hits in the contest, which marks their second most this season. UMass Boston posted three doubles in the contest.
- Wednesday's contest marked the third time this season the Beacons pitching staff has not allowed an earned run. The Beacons have accomplished the feat twice in two games against the Hawks.
- In two starts this season, Gottesman is 1-0 with a 0.00 earned run average in eight innings. He has allowed just three hits, two walks and has struck out 10 batters.
- Senior Josh Lopez (New Haven, Conn.) made his season debut on Wednesday. It marked his first appearance since the 2017 College World Series.
- Boudrias extended his hitting-streak to a career-high 17 games in the first inning. McCormick reached 12 games in a row with his first inning single.
- With the win, UMass Boston improves to 13-5 all-time against Roger Williams.
UMass Boston will travel to take on #14/14 Babson College on Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. The Beacons and Beavers both played in NCAA Regional Finals in 2018 and played each other in the 2017 NCAA New England Regional Final.