Greenville College Hands Baseball 7-3 Loss On Opening Day

AUBURNDALE, Fla.—Greenville College (Ill.) recorded a pair of three-run innings and shut the Beacons down for the final five frames, to spoil UMass Boston's season-opener with a 7-3 win Thursday afternoon at the Lake Myrtle Complex.

After UMass Boston evened the score at three in the fourth inning, the Panthers responded with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning, to move back above .500 at 3-2.

Sophomore outfielder Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) provided the majority of the Beacons offensive firepower, with a two-run blast to left inning to tie the score at three. LaPaglia scored two of the Beacons three runs, including the first run of the season to give UMB a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Luke Fischetti (Liverpool, N.Y.) added the other Beacons extra-base hit, with an RBI triple in the second. Senior Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) and Jose Pena (Boston, Mass.) each finished with two hits apiece, while Bryan Failla (Torrington, Conn.) was the only other player to reach base multiple times-with two walks. 

The Panthers top of the order duo of Cole Lawson and Tim Osborne combined to finish 6-for-11 with two runs and five RBI.

On the mound, starter Michael Boughton (New Britain, Conn.) took the loss after going five innings, allowing six runs, three earned. The senior struck out three and allowed just one walk in his first career appearance on opening day. 

Relievers Matt Dziok (Southampton, Mass.) and Tyler Kane (Wilbraham, Mass.) combined for three innings of one run ball to keep the game within striking distance.

It just wouldn't be enough against the Panthers pitching staff, as Josh Wagemann earned his first win of the year, by throwing 6 2/3 innings of three-run ball. Nick Bilfano and Scotty Voyles came out of the Greenville pen to allow just one base-runner over the final 2 1/3 innings. 

After a scoreless first inning, UMass Boston struck first. Fischetti slammed a two-out triple to left field, to give the Beacons their first lead of the 2013 campaign at 1-0 in the top of the second.

The Panthers responded with three unearned runs of their own in the bottom half, after a Beacons error with two outs and none on sparked a Greenville rally. Greenville racked up three runs with back-to-back singles to load the bases, followed up by a bases-clearing double to make it 3-1 Panthers. 

UMass Boston knotted the score at 3-3 in the fourth inning, when LaPaglia crushed a pitch over the left-field fence to score Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) in front of him.

But Greenville answered right back, to take the lead for good. The Panthers put three runs across thanks to three singles, two stolen bases and a wild pitch to grab a 6-3 after four innings.

The Panthers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, when the leadoff batter reached on an error and came around to score on a two-out RBI single from Osborne.

The extra-run didn't come into play as the Beacons struggled to muster any baserunners against the Panthers pitching. After scoring twice in the fourth, UMB recorded just three hits and a walk over the final five innings.

UMass Boston will return to action Friday looking for the first win of the season, when they take on nationally-ranked Saint Joseph's College (Maine) for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at the Frostproof Sports Complex.