BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Josh Lopez (New Haven, Conn.) and Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.), baseball cruised to their second-straight win of the week as they handed Suffolk University a 14-4 loss Thursday afternoon at Monan Park.
UMass Boston 14, Suffolk University 4
UMass Boston (17-10)
Suffolk University (21-12-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lopez and Herzog combined for six of the Beacons 16 hits, with the senior duo also accounting for five runs, while driving in three more. Herzog extended his already impressive hit streak, as he has recorded at-least one extra base hit in his seventh-straight game. The senior outfielder led-off the bottom of the first inning with a thunderous triple, before picking-up a second one late in the contest.
Lopez, who returned to the Beacons line-up just a few short days ago, has made an immediate impact. The senior second baseman was one of three Beacons to record a double, with Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) and Nick Cotraro (Beverly, Mass.) both recording two doubles in the win.
The Beacons pitching staff made quick work of the Rams as Joey Rogers (Dighton, Mass.) made his first start in over a month. In three innings of work he allowed four runs, one earned, on six hits, while striking out one. PJ McKermitt (Chicago, Ill.) earned his first win as a Beacon after three impressive innings out of the bullpen. He allowed just two hits over three scoreless innings, which allowed the Beacons bats to blow the game wide open.
Kevin Sinatra was handed the loss after giving-up 10 runs, all earned, on nine hits in just three innings.
Suffolk's only runs came in the top of the first and third innings, as they scored a pair in each frame. The Beacons scored at-least one run in every inning but the final two. They quickly erased the early two-run deficit with three runs in the bottom half of the first. They then made it a 6-4 ball game through three complete.
From there the Beacons expanded their lead quickly, scoring fourth in the fourth, one in the fifth, and three in the sixth.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Beacons have now won eight of their last 12 meetings with the Rams
- Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) extended his hit-streak to 23 straight games with a single
- In total, the Beacons pitchers allowed just two walks, while striking out five
The Beacons will face Western Connecticut State University tomorrow at Monan Park at 12 p.m. in a Little East Conference doubleheader. The Colonials will be the home team for both games as the game was moved to Boston duo poor field conditions in Danbury, CT.