Clutch Hitting Earns Baseball Conference Win over Southern Maine
GORHAM, Me. – With back-to-back RBI singles from Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) and Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) and another strong showing by closer Jeff Thomas (Redwood City, Calif.) baseball (14-9, 3-2 Little East) recorded their third straight conference win in four day as they defeated the University of Southern Maine (11-11, 3-2 Little East) by the final score of 6-5 Tuesday afternoon at USM Baseball Stadium.
Moquette, who also crushed his third home run of the season in his first at-bat, drove in the game-tying run in the top half of the ninth on a groundout to second base. Consiglio followed it up with his first hit of the afternoon, a single to left field which scored pinch runner Luke Fischetti (Liverpool, N.Y.).
Now with the lead in their favor the Beacons who got a solid 2.1 innings from reliever Will Barrack (Lancaster, Va.) turned the ball over to Thomas. Once again the California native showed total command of his pitches as he retired the final three Southern Maine batters in order to get his fifth save of the season and the Beacons 14th win of the year. Barrack's one hit, one strikeout showing earned him his second win of the year as the Virginia native improved to 2-0 on the season.
UMass actually held a 2-0 lead through the first 2 ½ innings of Tuesday's contest. Southern Maine would earn their first lead of the day in the bottom of the third with three runs to make it 3-2 in over of the Huskies. The Beacons would tie the score at 3-3 in the top half of the next inning on an RBI single by Wilberto Sanjuro (Boston, Mass.), which scored Jack DeBiase (Prospect, Conn.). DeBiase reached base by firing a double down the right field line to put a runner in scoring position with two outs on the scoreboard.
Neither team would score a run over the next three innings. Southern Maine did threaten to break the tie in the sixth after Forrest Chadwick recorded a triple to deep center field with two outs. After the triple, Barrack stepped on the hill and got his first batter to groundout to the shortstop.
Michael Boughton (New Britain, Conn.) got the start in Tuesday's conference game and went 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on 11 hits, while walking one batter. Southern Maine went on to break the 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth on a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly.
This would set-up the ninth heroics by the Beacons. Nick Grassetti (Agawam, Mass.) led off the inning with a walk and would then advance to second after Dominic Morbidelli (Oakland, Calif.) was hit by a pitch. Fischetti would then take over at first, which set-up double steal to move both the tying and game-winning run into position. Another walk this time to Mark McCormack (Shelton, Conn.) would load the bases with no outs on the scoreboard. After a pitching change, Moquette plated the tying run on his groundout to second base. Consiglio then followed suit with a single to left which scored Fischetti. Southern Maine did manage to get out of the inning trailing by one, but for the Beacons that would be all they needed to secure the victory.
Sanjuro had another strong day for UMass as he closed out the contest 2-for-4 with an RBI. UMass scored their six runs on eight hits, while Southern Maine combined for 12 hits in the loss.
Baseball returns to action on Friday when they travel to Babson College for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game. A schedule note, Saturday's doubleheader against UMass Dartmouth which was supposed to be played at Yetten Field will be played at UMass Dartmouth. The Beacons will serve as the home team in the conference twinbill which is slated for a noon start.