BOSTON, Mass. – Later today, the Beacons will once again be in the hunt for their second conference championship in program history as they travel to Eastern Connecticut State University for the 2014 Little East Conference.
The Beacons, who are the fourth-seed in this year's tournament, will face intra-state rival UMass Dartmouth at 6 p.m. at the ECSU Baseball Stadium.
Live Stats and a Video Webcast of every game will be available throughout the tournament
Live Stats: https://easternct.prestosports.com/live_stats/index
Tournament Bracket: http://littleeast.com/sports/tourney/spring-tourney-central
In 2014, the Beacons had their fair share of ups-and-downs as they played another tough in-region schedule. UMass would close out the year with a 17-22 record, and a 7-7 mark in the Little East Conference. Going into the final weekend of conference play it looked as if though the Beacons would have to settle for the fifth seed, however with their sweep over Rhode Island College in the conference finale, and with some help from Eastern Connecticut, they moved up one spot and now face the Corsairs in the No. 4 versus No. 3 match-up.
Going into the Little East Tournament, no player has been more dominant for the Beacons then senior outfielder Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.). Currently leading the Beacons offense with a .346 average, .583 slugging percentage, and a .509 on-base percentage, Moquete will look to lead UMB to their second championship in the last five seasons. In 39 games played, all of which he started, Moquete has combined for 44 hits, six doubles, six triples, and four home runs. He also has 28 RBI, 74 total bases, 35 runs scored, and leads the team with a whopping 40 walks. On the bases he leads UMass with 18 steals as well.
Freshman infielder Daniel Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) has had a standout rookie campaign for head coach Brendan Eygabroat. Able to play a variety of positions, Mantoni has settled in as the Beacons starting third baseman. He has also served as one of the Beacons starters and a reliever during the 2014 campaign. In a combined 37 games, the Northbridge native is hitting .318 with 41 hits, 24 RBI, and 26 runs scored. He sits third on the team with 11 stolen bases, and leads the team in sac-fly's with four and is second in sacrifice hits with three.
Against the Corsairs, the Beacons will turn to ace Kyle Szatrowski (Agawam, Mass.), to continue his winning ways. Currently leading the pitching staff with a 3.40 ERA, Szatrowski enters the tournament with a 4-1 record. In 53.0 innings, Szatrowski has struck out 36 and has walked just 11. Also look for the Beacons to go to Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, Mass.) and Josh Cummiskey. (Lowell, Mass.) Ilges, in his final season with UMass Boston, sits with a 4.47 ERA and has appeared in a team-high 56 1/3 innings. He also has 24 K's and has allowed 11 walks. Cummiskey, is sitting second amongst the starters, with a 3.70 ERA, and has struck out 23 and walked nine in 41 1/3 innings.
The winner of this evening's contest will play the winner of No. 2 Southern Maine and No. 3 Plymouth State University tomorrow at 6 p.m. The loser will play in an elimination game tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 p.m. against the winner of game one between No. 1 Eastern Connecticut State and No. 6 Rhode Island College.
The winner of this year's conference tournament will receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Regional tournament, which will be played at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Mass. Last season the Huskies cruised through the conference and regional tournament, and fell just short in the National Championship game against defending reigning national champs Linfield College.