April 25, 2014

Baseball Splits Little East Twin Bill with Plymouth State

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A game one grand slam by Chris Adams (Whitman, Mass.) and another strong showing from lefty Kyle Szatrowski (Agawam, Mass.) helped baseball (14-18, 5-7 Little East) earn another Little East Conference split this time with the Panthers of Plymouth State University (19-14, 5-7 Little East).  The Beacons defeated the Panthers in game one 7-4 and nearly rallied in game two but fell just short dropping a 6-4 decision Friday afternoon at Panther Park.

In his first conference start Adams ripped the cover off the ball in the opener as he went 2-for-4 with the grand slam and a double.  He finished off the victory with five RBI and a run scored.  Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.), who was quiet offensively in game one, unloaded in the nightcap as the Boston native went 2-for-4 which including a record setting ninth career triple.  He also had two RBI and a run scored and nearly helped the Beacons rally from a six-run deficit in game two.

On the hill, Szatrowski notched his third win of the year as well as the team's first complete game.  The lefty went all nine innings and allowed the four runs on five hits.  He also struck out five and did not walk a batter.  In game two Josh Cummiskey (Lowell, Mass.) was solid out of the bullpen allowing just one run on six hits over 5 1/3. 

GAME ONE – UMass Boston 7, Plymouth State University 4

The Beacons used a four-run top of the third, all of which came off of the bat of Adams, to take a commanding lead in another must-win contest.  Coupled with another Szatrowski no-hitter through five the Beacons were firing on all cylinders.  Plymouth State's first two runs of the day also came off of a home run as Brandon Cox emptied the bases to make it 4-2. 

After a scoreless sixth, UMass Boston would score their fifth run of the day in the seventh on an RBI double by Adams, which plated Jose Pena (Boston, Mass.).  The Panthers would respond with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning, but the Beacons bats were not finished as they tacked on two more in the eighth to give Szatrowski a three-run lead.  In the eighth Daniel Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) ripped an RBI single up the middle, while Szatrowski picked-up an RBI sac-fly which scored Moquete.

The Panthers would go down in order over the final two innings to give the Beacons the conference win. 

GAME TWO – UMass Boston 4, Plymouth State University 6

In the nightcap the Panthers would score all six of their runs in the first three innings.  The Beacons cut the deficit in half with a three-run top of the fifth, which was led by Moquete's two-run triple.  For Moquete his triple broke the program record of eight originally set by Steve Daley who played for the Beacons from 1987-1990.  The record marks the second of the week for the senior who also set the career mark for walks in a season in yesterday's loss at MIT. 

Following the big hit by Moquete, Mantoni would drive in his teammate on a sac-fly to make it 6-3 Panthers. 

In the next inning Anthony Searles (Shelton, Conn.) tripled to nearly the same spot in left center as Moquete and came home on a base hit by Bryan Failla (Torrington, Conn.) to cut the margin to 6-4. 

Cody Gilchrist went the first 5 1/3 for the Panthers and eventually earned the victory after allowing the four Beacons runs on six hits.  Curtis Arsenault notched his second save after closing out the final 3 2/3.  He did not allow a hit in his outing and combined for eight strikeouts respectively with Gilchrist. 

For the Beacons, Luca Ilges (Gloucester, Mass.) was handed the loss after going just 2 2/3 in which he allowed five Panthers runs, all earned, on seven hits. 

Baseball returns to action on Monday when they travel to Endicott College for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game.