AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Despite two solid outings from Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) and Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) the Beacons struggled defensively as they recorded seven errors, which allowed four unearned runs to give Wheaton College (MA) an 8-7 win in 11 innings Thursday morning at Lake Myrtle Park.
UMass Boston 7, Wheaton College 8 (11 innings)
UMass Boston (4-3)
Wheaton College (4-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
On four different occasions baseball, could have earned a crucial in-region win over their longtime rivals. However, a costly error in each of those innings, allowed the Lyons to stay in the contest. Despite going into the extra innings, UMass Boston's offense still managed to get a crucial run. They could have gained a very comfortable lead in the 10th with bases loaded, but had to settle for the one run to make it 5-5 at the time.
In the 11th the Beacons jumped out to a 7-5 lead thanks to an RBI double by Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.), and an RBI single by Sal Frosceno (Derby, Conn.). Tramondozzi worked quickly in the bottom of the 11th as he got the lead-off batter to groundout. After a single by the Lyons, the Beacons had the chance to turn the double play, but were unsuccessful as an error put runners on first and second.
Another single loaded the bases with only one out, and with a single and a hit by pitch the Lyons were once again tied with the Beacons 7-7. The game-winning run for Wheaton came on a sac-fly to right field, which closed out a very tough game for UMB
Through the first four innings, Wheaton scored the only run to take an early 1-0 lead. However, that lead was erased with one swing of Dave Murphy's (Plymouth, Mass.) bat as the senior crushed a 3-run shot in the fifth. UMB then made it 4-1 in the sixth on a Charlie Huegi RBI double.
On the hill, Burgos went seven complete innings and had five strikeouts, while only allowing one walk and five runs, four earned, on five hits. Tramondozzi was just as solid as he totaled five K's, while only allowing one walk in 3.1 innings. Andrew Iannucci earned the win for the Lyons after going just a 1/3 of an inning.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The seven errors marked the most of the season allowed by the Beacons
- Thursday's contest marked the first meeting between the two teams since April 2014, and their first meeting in Florida since 2007
- Burgos' seven innings of work was the most by any Beacons pitcher this season
- Murphy's 3-run blast marked the first of the year for the senior infielder
The Beacons will close out their spring trip tomorrow when they face University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 12:45 pm at Lake Myrtle Field #2.