BEVERLY, Mass. – Despite tacking on six hits, a total of eight stranded base runners would prove to be the downfall for baseball as the Gulls of Endicott College were able to drive in three runs, one in the fifth and two in the seventh, to defeat the Beacons by the final of 3-0 Sunday afternoon at North Field in a non-conference game.
With Sunday's loss, the Beacons close out their week with a 3-2 mark, after winning a pair of huge Little East Conference games yesterday afternoon, and a huge upset of nationally ranked Southern Maine on Tuesday. The Beacons only other loss came at the hands of MIT as they fell 3-2 in 11 innings in Cambridge.
The decision drops UMB's overall record to 15-18, while Endicott earned their eighth straight victory to improve to 27-11. Sunday's match-up also marked the second to last non-conference on the Beacons schedule in 2013 with their last non-conference game slated for Tuesday when they travel to Wheaton College (Mass.).
Against the Gulls, freshman pitcher Nick Radcliffe (Randolph, Mass.) made his return to the hill after taking over as the Beacons most recent starting left fielder. The lefty would go seven complete innings, allowing the three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits. He also managed four K's and one walk before falling to 1-1 on the year. Matt Dziok (Southampton, Mass.) closed out the eighth and surrendered just one hit.
Endicott was carried by Brendan Pittsley who went 7.2 innings in which he scattered five Beacons hits, while also recording five strikeouts and one walk. Kevin Dupras picked-up his sixth save of the year after closing out the final 1.1 in which he allowed just one hit and totaled three strikeouts.
At the plate, Endicott got a majority of their offense from the middle of their line-up as Tad Gold and Matt Paolo each went 2-for-3. Paolo reached home plate once, while Gold made his way around the bases twice and also drove in one run as well.
Ryan Manning (Plainville, Mass.) was the only Beacon to finish with multiple hits as the junior infielder went 2-for-3. Patrick Murphy (Stamford, Conn.) went 1-for-1 in a pinch hit appearance late in the contest.
Baseball returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Wheaton College (Mass.) for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game the last of the season for UMB.