Bullpen Pushes Baseball Past Worcester State

WORCESTER, Mass. – With a strong outing by the Beacons pitching staff baseball (8-5) notched their second win of the week as they handed Worcester State University (4-13) a 9-2 loss Thursday afternoon at Rockwood Park.

Combined the three Beacons pitchers recorded 10 strikeouts respectively and only walked batters.  Getting the start in Thursday's non-conference game was Will Barrack (Lancaster, Va.), who went the first four innings.  From there it was Ryan Augustine (Burlington, Conn.) who went the next four frames on his way to earning his first win of the season.  Patrick Austin (Torrington, Conn.) closed out the win in the ninth with two strikeouts while only surrendering one hit.

At the dish it was multi-hit day for Collin Keefer (Charlotte, N.C.), Mark McCormack (Shelton, Conn.), and Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.).  Moquette who continues to swing one of the hottest bats in all of Division III baseball, recorded three RBI on his team-leading fourth double of the season.

For Keefer and McCormack they also recorded two hits on the afternoon, with Keefer notching his first triple and McCormack his first double of the season. The two also combined for five runs scored, with Keefer driving in a pair of runs as well.

After two scoreless innings, the Beacons got on the scoreboard in the top of the third following a bases clearing double from Moquette that put UMass up 3-0 on the scoreboard.  Touching home plate on the extra base hit was Jack DeBiase (Prospect, Conn.), Keefer and McCormack.

In the fourth the Beacons took advantage of two errors by Worcester State which allowed two runs to cross home plate. That along with an RBI single from McCormack extended the Beacons lead to six.

Worcester State's only runs of the afternoon would come in the bottom half of the fourth on an RBI double.  Following a scoreless fifth, McCormack made it a five-run ball game on his RBI double to right center.  Worcester State would walk in UMass' eighth run of the night, and Luke Fischetti (Liverpool, N.Y.) would cap off the victory with an RBI double in the ninth secure the seven-run victory.

Baseball returns to action tomorrow when they travel to St. Joseph College (ME) for a 3 p.m. non-conference game, which was rescheduled from earlier this week.