Baseball and Salem State Battle to Rare 8-8 Tie
SALEM, Mass. – Needing two runs going into the top of the ninth Wilberto Sanjuro (Boston, Mass.) delivered in a big way as he drove in two runs on a triple to force Wednesday's non-conference game into extra innings. However with the sun quickly setting the non-conference duel would end with the score still tied at 8-8 between the Beacons (16-11-1) and Salem State University (24-8-1) at the Salem State Baseball Field.
The tie marked the first for UMass since the 2003 season and the first for head coach Brendan Eygabroat since taking over the Beacons eight seasons ago.
Sanjuro's game-tying triple in the ninth was the only hit for the senior as he entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. Outfielder Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) also swung a strong bat in Wednesday's contest as he crushed a three run home run in the top of the seventh, which at the time made it 7-5 in favor of Salem.
LaPaglia ended the day 2-for-4 with the three RBI and two runs scored. Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) and Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) both extended their hitting streaks. With Consiglio's lone hit of the day, the junior infielder now stands at 10 straight games with at-least one hit. Moquette now sits with a 14 game hitting streak as he went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Also recording an extra base hit was Jack DeBiase (Prospect, Conn.). The catcher turned designated hitter for the day went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Kyle Szatrowski (Agawam, Mass.) got the start against the Vikings and went four complete innings and allowed four runs on six hits, while also striking out three. Later in the game Tom Cole (Mattapoisett, Mass.) would also go four innings and even though he gave up seven hits, Salem State did not record a run. The righty also struck out five batters in the process as well.
Baseball returns to action on Saturday when they host Keene State College at noon at Yetten Field in a Little East Conference doubleheader.