GORHAM, Maine – A combined 13 hits and eight scoreless innings the No. 2 Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University handed baseball their first loss of the 2013 Little East Conference tournament as they defeated the No. 4 Beacons 9-1 Wednesday morning in an extended game two for both teams at the USM Baseball Stadium.
Now in the loser's bracket the Beacons must play an elimination game this afternoon at 3 p.m. against UMass Dartmouth to keep their postseason dreams alive. The Warriors will face the No. 1 Huskies of Southern Maine at noon, with the winner advancing to the championship game which will be played tomorrow afternoon.
Knowing inclement weather was in the forecast yesterday afternoon the Beacons and Warriors tried to get in as many innings as possible. Unfortunately they were only able to get through two innings before the sky opened up forcing a 45 minute rain delay. After that the two teams had to compete with time itself as the sun continued to go down. The umpire would call the game due to darkness prior to the start of the bottom of the fifth inning, setting up this morning's continuation game between the two squads.
Eastern Connecticut did all of their damage prior to the game being called yesterday afternoon as they tacked on their nine runs through the first five innings. UMB's lone run came in the bottom of the sixth this morning when Bryan Failla (Torrington, Conn.) drove in Kurtis White (Nahant, Mass.) on a RBI single to center field.
Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) led the Beacons with a pair of hits, while Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) recorded the only extra base hit, a double in the second inning. On the hill, Kyle Szatrowski (Agawam, Mass.) was handed only his second loss of the year after he allowed three runs on four hits. Szatrowski only went two complete before being pulled following the rain delay. Junior Will Barrack (Lancaster, Va.) closed out the contest Wednesday morning and pitched four scoreless innings and allowed just two hits, while striking out three batters.
Baseball returns to action at 3 p.m. when they face UMass Dartmouth in an elimination game for both teams.