DUDLEY, Mass. – A combined 15 runs through the first three innings, was all baseball needed, as they cruised to their fourth-straight win with a dominating 20-4 decision over Nichols College Thursday afternoon at NC Baseball Field.
UMass Boston 20, Nichols College 4
UMass Boston (20-10)
Nichols College (19-16)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Senior outfielder Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) tied the program record for hits in a game, as he finished the one-sided win 6-for-7 with four RBI and four runs scored. Danny Brown (Hudson, N.H.) finished second on the team in hits as he went 4-for-6 with five RBI, four extra-base hits and three runs scored.
On the day the Beacons pounded out a season-high 26 hits and had 20 RBI. They also tied the program record for total at-bats with an impressive 52.
The Beacons pitcher had little to worry about in Thursday's win with such a comfortable lead in their favor. Joey Rogers (Dighton, Mass.) registered his first win of the season, after going four complete. He allowed just three runs on six hits and had three of the team's six strikeouts.
Combined the Beacons recorded 12-extra base hits. Brown led all hitters with a career-best three doubles, while Herzog recorded his program-record, tying 11th triple. Brown also had one of the Beacons two home runs, with the other going to Kyle Penney (Tolland, Conn.).
Nichols College managed just two of their runs in the third to make it 15-2 at the time. They then added another in the fourth, and one in the eighth. After the eruption in the first three innings, the Beacons added three more in the sixth, one in the seven, and one in the ninth to complete the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Herzog now sits tied with current assistant coach Jamill Moquete ('14) who has held the program record for triples since 2014
- The Beacons 26 hits marked the most of 2019 beating out last Friday's 24 hits in game two of their doubleheader with Western Connecticut State
- It also marked the most hits in a single game since March 19, 2005 when the Beacons recorded 27 hits in the 27-5 win over Finlandia University
- Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) now needs 13 hits for his 100th, while Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Josh Lopez (New London, Conn.) both sit just six away from their 150th hits
- All-time the Beacons are now 2-0 against Nichols having outscored the Bison a combined 39-5 in those two contests
- With his six hits, Herzog moved into ninth-place in program history in career hits with 156
- During their four-game win-streak, the Beacons have outscored their opponents 63-13 in 32 innings of play
- Herzog extended his extra-base hitting streak to 10 in a row, while Kyle Boudrais (Medford, Mass.) extended his overall hitting streak to 26-straight
The Beacons will travel to Rhode Island College on Saturday for a 12 p.m. Little East Conference doubleheader.