Clutch Hitting Gives Baseball 9-5 Win over Franklin and Marshall
BABSON PARK, Fla. – Despite falling into a two-run hole in the fifth baseball (2-0) managed to battle back to score six runs over the final two innings to earn a 9-5 win over Franklin and Marshall College (3-4) in what was supposed to be their first doubleheader of the season Sunday afternoon at Weber International University. Game two of the doubleheader was canceled due to rain.
Fueling the Beacons late inning rally was a combined five hats, with senior Pat Lynch (Middletown, R.I.) recording perhaps the biggest hit of the afternoon as he drove in two insurance runs on a double to right center in the sixth inning to make it 8-5. Second baseman Mike Mattei (Spencer, Mass.) also fueled the clutch inning as he drove in the game's final run on an RBI single up the middle.
Overall the Beacons combined for nine hits in Sunday's contest, with Mark McCormack (Shelton, Conn.) having another strong afternoon as he went 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. In his first at-bat of the game, the senior outfielder crushed his first home run of the year over the right field fence to give UMass a very early 1-0 lead. Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) was just as efficient as he drove in four runs on two hits.
On the hill Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, Mass.) went a strong 4 2/3 innings as he struckout three while only allowing one walk. Of the five runs scored in his outing, only two were earned. The righty surrendered just six hits in his appearance of the 2012 season. Getting the win Tyler Kapushinksi (New Britain, Conn.) who managed to help the Beacons out of a jam in the bottom half of the fifth to keep it just a two-run game (5-3). Kyle Szatrowski (Agawam, Mass.) and Jeff Thomas (Redwood City, Calif.) each threw one inning to close out the Beacons come-from-behind victory.
Aaron Gillette tallied a team-best two RBI and a run scored on 1-of-3 hitting. Brian Erb also drove in a pair of runs as the center fielder went 1-for-2 at the plate.
After McCormack's monster of a shot in the first inning, Franklin and Marshall managed to get on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the third. UMass fired right back in the top half of the next inning to make it a two-run ball game (3-1).
Franklin and Marshall had their biggest inning in the fifth when they put-up a four-spot to make it 5-2 in favor of the Diplomats. Despite the late rally four runs by F&M, the Beacons did not give-up as they came firing back over the final two frames to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Baseball returns to action tomorrow when they face Becker College at 11:30 a.m. No word yet on if they will be making up game two of today's doubleheader.