MALDEN, Mass. – Led by a seven inning two hit showing from righty Will Barrack (Lancaster, Va.) baseball (10-8) notched their second win of the week as they handed Framingham State University (11-9) a 9-3 non-conference loss Tuesday evening at Malden Catholic.
Barrack who earned his first win of the year in Tuesday's contest retired a total of eight batters to help the Beacons avenge their previous losses to the Rams. The 6'5" righty allowed just one walk and scattered two singles in his seven innings of work.
As a team the Beacons combined for 13 hits, with Mark McCormack (Shelton, Conn.) going 4-for-6 with a run scored. Sophomore Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) wasted little time getting back into his groove as he crushed two doubles as well as accounting for three runs scored.
Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) also had a big game for UMass as he drove in two runs on three hits, while also touching home plate twice. On the base paths the Beacons were aggressive all night totaling five stolen bases.
For Framingham State their lone extra-base hit came in the bottom of the eighth which scored all three runs. Pedro Acevedo who was red-hot the last time the two squads met was held to just two hits on the night.
Looking to build some early momentum, the Beacons started the evening off with a single from McCormack and a double from Moquette. Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) would drive the first run of the night across home plate on a sacrifice fly. LaPaglia gave the Beacons their second run of the opening inning on his RBI single, which scored Moquette. After a Mike Mattei (Spencer, Mass.) singled to put runners on first and third, catcher Jack DeBiase (Prospect, Conn.) drove home the final run of the inning on a single to center field.
Barrack also had a strong first inning as he struck out his first batter, while getting the third to ground into a double play to make it a 1-2-3 inning.
After a scoreless top of the second, Barrack would return to the hill and continued to roll as he struck out three of the four batters he faced, while allowing his second and final hit of the night for the sophomore.
The strong showing by Barrack would allow the Beacons the window they needed as they put up two more runs in the third and fourth innings. Neither team would touch home plate over the next three frames, but in the top of the eighth UMass tacked on their final two runs of the evening in the form of a Mattei RBI single and a DeBiase hit that would score Kyle Thebado (Marlborough, Mass.).
Framingham State ended the Beacons shutout bid in the bottom of the eighth, but their late rally was too little too late as freshman Steve Roche (Worcester, Mass.) closed out the ninth with a pair of strikeouts to give UMass their 10th win of the season.
Baseball returns to action today when they travel to Western New England University for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Waltham but do to field availability issues the game was moved to Western New England.