PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Led by another stellar hitting performance from Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) baseball earned an 8-6 win in 10 innings in game one before cruising to a 10-1 win in the nightcap as they swept Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon at Pontarelli Field in a Little East Conference doubleheader.
UMass Boston 8, Rhode Island College 6 (10)
UMass Boston 10, Rhode Island College 1
UMass Boston (22-10, 10-3 Little East Conference)
Rhode Island College (23-13, 7-6 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the sweep, the Beacons remain in second place in the conference standings with just three games remaining in the regular season. If UMB wins their final three games and if Plymouth State sweeps Southern Maine in the final doubleheader of the regular season, the Beacons would win the regular season title for the third time in the last four seasons.
On the day, Herzog could not be stopped as he crushed three home runs, to go along with six RBI, six hits, and four runs scored.
GAME ONE – UMB 8, RIC 6 (10 INNS.)
Trailing by two heading into the top of the ninth, UMB got a pair of runs in the inning to tie the game at 6-6 to force the extra inning affair. Josh Lopez (New London, Conn.) plated both runs in the crucial inning as he ripped a double to right field. After Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) held the Anchormen off the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth, the Beacons got their game-winning runs in the 10th.
Herzog drove in the go-ahead run on an RBI single to left field, while Lopez gave Tramondozzi some breathing room with an RBI single of his own. Tramondozzi completed the win, as he did not allow a hit to earn his first win of 2019 after going 3.1 innings.
The Beacons combined for 13 hits in the game one win, which immediately carried over into game two as UMB knew they needed the sweep to stay on the heals of the Huskies of USM.
GAME TWO – UMB 10, RIC 1
UMass quickly took control of game two with a four-run top of the first inning. Herzog recorded a solo shot, while Danny Brown (Hudson, N.H.) plated the second run of the frame on a sac-fly. Nico Kydes (Stamford, Conn.) completed the four-run inning as he drove in a pair of runs on a double to right field.
Herzog continued his red-hot doubleheader as he gave UMB a five-run lead with his second solo shot in the top of the second. After a slew of Anchormen errors in the sixth, the Beacons lead extended to 7-0.
RIC's only run came in the bottom of the sixth with former Beacon Ray Zincone recording an RBI single.
The Beacons would score one run in each of the final three innings, with Herzog capping-off the day with an RBI single in the top of the ninth.
Tylor Arruda (New Bedford, Mass.) improved to 5-1 on the year after going seven complete innings. He allowed the lone run on five this and had five strikeouts.
Mike Doherty (Brewster, Mass.) closed out the win as he allowed just one hit, while striking out two over the final two frames.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the sweep, the Beacons have now recorded 10 or more conference wins in a season for the third straight year
- They now need just one win to tie the program record for most conference wins in a season
- Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) went six complete innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on 10 hits and had two strikeouts in the game one no decision
- All-time the Beacons are now 32-27 against RIC
- The Beacons are now 21-6 against RIC since March 28, 2009
- Saturday's sweep marked the second straight for the Beacons on RIC's home field
- Coach Brendan Eygabroat now sits just 10 wins away from his 350th career victory as the Beacons skipper
The Beacons will host Endicott College on Monday at 7:15 p.m.