BOSTON, Mass. – Led by a strong showing from Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.), baseball collected their third straight win as they defeated Salem State University by the final of 5-1 Tuesday evening at Monan Park.
UMass Boston 5, Salem State University 1
UMass Boston (13-7)
Salem State University (12-12)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons used a three-run first inning to give their sophomore starter all the breathing room he would need in Tuesday's non-conference win. The Hyde Park native did not allow a run over six complete innings and had seven strikeouts to go along with five hits and two walks.
Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.) continued to swing the hottest bat on the Beacons team as he extended his hit-streak to 13 straight games after going 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Dan Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) and Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) both finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Mantoni also recorded the Beacons only other extra base hit, a double to lead off the sixth inning.
In the first inning, UMass Boston took control of the contest early as Kyle Boudrias recorded the team's first run of the night thanks to an error by the Vikings. Fowler would then plate his fellow infielder on an RBI double to deep center field to make it 2-0. Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) drove in UMB's third and final run of the opening frame on an RBI single up the middle.
Salem State would make some noise in the third inning as they led off the frame with a double. However, Burgos would battle back and eventually retired the side unscathed. Neither team would get anything going until the bottom half of the sixth inning.
After Mantoni's lead-off double, Boudrias moved the Northbridge native over to third with a single to right field. Mantoni would reach home thanks to a wild pitch to make it a 4-0 ball game at the team. Looking to tack on more runs, Salem State was able to hold-off UMB thanks to a pick-off play at second, and a pair of strikeouts.
Just like the sixth the Beacons could have opened the flood gates in the eighth as they loaded bases multiple times, but had to settle for just one run.
The lone Salem State run came in the top of the ninth on an passed ball with Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) on the hill to close out the victory, which he secured with a strikeout.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Beacons have now recorded a program best three-straight victories over the Vikings
- UMass Boston improved to 2-0 at Monan Park against the Vikings
- Fowler has now recorded at-least one run in the last three games and has at-least one RBI in 9 of the last 10 games
- Burgos' shutout start marked the first of his college career
- His seven strikeouts was a career-high
- Combined the Beacons defense turned three double plays
The Beacons will travel to Roger Williams University tomorrow for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game.