CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Beacons saw their 2019 campaign come to a close, as they were handed an 8-4 loss by the sixth-ranked Panthers of Chapman University in the if-necessary game Monday afternoon at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
#22/23 UMass Boston 4, #6/6 Chapman University 8
UMass Boston (37-14)
Chapman University (42-12)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the loss, UMB finishes 2019 with the second-most wins in program history for the second-straight year. It also marks the third-straight season that the Beacons have recorded 37 total wins in a single campaign.
Monday's loss also secured the Beacons a third-place finish at the College World Series, which marks the best finish at the national tournament in the history of the baseball program.
Chapman used a pair of three-run middle innings to secure their spot in the national championship series where they will face undefeated Birmingham Southern University in a best-of-three series, beginning tomorrow.
The Beacons compiled eight hits in the loss, all of which belonged to their top-4 hitters in the line-up. Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) closed out one of the most impressive showings at the CWS for a Beacons player with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning and a double in the fourth.
In the CWS, Riley was 6-for-12 with four doubles a home run, four RBI, and two runs scored. The senior now sits as the single-season leader in doubles with 24.
Tylor Arruda (New Bedford, Mass.) started off strong on the hill for the Beacons retiring the first three batters he faced. He then hit a rough spot in the second as Chapman scored a pair of runs to tie the game. UMB tried to respond in the third inning with runners on second and third but were stopped by an inning ending double play.
Arruda kept the game locked at 2-2 through three complete, but with the Beacons bats unable to plate another run, the Panthers took full advantage in the fourth and fifth innings as they did all of their damage during that stretch.
The Beacons got a run back in the sixth thanks to a fielding error by the Panthers, which plated Josh Lopez (New Haven, Conn.), who led off the frame with his third of four hits. Lopez accounted for three of the Beacons four runs as he set a program record for most runs scored and most hits by a Beacon in the CWS.
UMB's final run, which nearly sparked a comeback in the eighth came from Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) who ripped an RBI double. Unfortunately, that rally was short lived thanks to another inning-ending, double play by the Panthers.
Senior Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) made his final appearance on the mound for UMB and closed out the final three innings allowing just one hit, while striking out two. Arruda went five completed and allowed the eight runs on 10 hits and had two strikeouts to close out his All-Region season.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The 51 games played by UMass Boston marks the most ever in program history
- The baseball program became just the second program in UMB history to record a top-3 finish at the national championship, behind the national championship women's track and field teams
- Head coach Brendan Eygabroat now sits with 355 career wins and has led the Beacons to four straight 30-win seasons and three CWS appearances since 2010
- The Beacons finished as the top team in New England for the second time in the last three seasons
- This year's senior class of Lopez, Boudrias, Burgos, Riley, Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.) Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.), Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.), Joe Maguire (Peabody, Mass.), and Anthony Cecere (Wakefield, Mass.) represent the most successful class in the history of UMass Boston baseball having won three Little East Tournament titles, two LEC Regular Season crowns, two NCAA Regional championships, an NCAA Super Regional Championship, and a 3-4 record at the CWS
- As a class they compiled a record of 142-52 (.732) overall, 45-13 (.775) in the LEC
- The 2019 Beacons became the first team to player an official game in the month of June in the history of UMass Boston spring sports