BOSTON, Mass. – Baseball jumped out to an early 9-0 lead through the first three innings as they cruised to their eighth straight win with an 13-4 victory over regionally-ranked Endicott College Monday evening at Monan Park.
UMass Boston 13, Endicott College 4
UMass Boston (23-10)
Endicott College (21-16)
HOW IT HAPPENED
UMass Boston wasted no time taking control of the rare Monday affair as they put-up five runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Josh Lopez (New London, Conn.) got UMass on the scoreboard with an RBI single. Nick Cotraro (Beverly, Mass.) added to UMB's lead with an RBI single of his own through the right side. Danny Brown (Hudson, N.H.) then knocked-in a pair of runs on a single through the right side. Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) plated the fifth run of the inning on an RBI sac-fly.
UMB would then push their lead to 8-0 as they scored three runs in the second inning, two of which came-off the bat of Nico Kydes (Stamford, Conn.). In the third inning Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) continued to pound the baseball as he absolutely crushed it over the left field wall on a solo shot.
After a scoreless fourth, the Beacons tacked on one more run in the fifth with Herzog droving in a run on an RBI groundout.
The Gulls ended the shutout bid in the seventh with three runs to make it 10-3 in favor of the home team.
The Beacons pushed their lead back to 10 (13-3) in the eighth thanks to an RBI single by Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.), and wile pitch that scored Danny Collazo (Stamford, Conn.), and a McCormick fielder's choice.
Endicott scored their final run in the ninth on groundout, but any chance of a comeback was cut down as Anthony Pescara (Hinsdale, Ill.) closed out the game with a strikeout.
Ben Gottesman (Acton, Mass.) improved to 4-0 on the year after going six complete. During his outing he allowed just three hits, and recorded seven strikeouts, while only walking one batter. Kyle Wollman was handed the loss after allowing five runs, all earned, on six hits in just one inning of work.
Four different players recorded two hits in the non-conference win, with Herzog leading the way with the lone extra base hit. He finished the contest 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Lopez accounted for three of the Beacons 13 runs as he went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two walks.
Riley finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Combined the Beacons were walked 12 times, while their pitchers recorded a total of 12 strikeouts
- Herzog has now recorded an extra base hit in 13 straight games, and has now homered four times in the last three games
- Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) extended his hit streak to 29 straight games, and is currently riding a streak of four straight games with multiple hits
- Lopez now needs just one hit for his 150th career hit
- Gottesman has now allowed just one earned run and has recorded 31 strikeouts in 25.1 innings of work in seven appearances
- All-time the Beacons are now 5-8 against the Gulls and have won five straight
- Their 13 runs scored marked the most they have ever recorded against Endicott, while their three runs allowed is the fewest ever allowed
The Beacons will travel to UMass Dartmouth tomorrow for a 3:30 p.m. conference game.