GORHAM, Maine – Fourteen hours after their game was halted due to darkness, UMass Dartmouth earned the walk-off victory as they defeated 21st/22nd ranked baseball Friday morning at Ed Flaherty Field in the Little East Conference Tournament.
#21/22 UMass Boston 7, UMass Dartmouth 8
UMass Boston (30-10)
UMass Dartmouth (24-18)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After the Corsairs scored six-runs through the middle innings to take a 7-3 lead. In the top of the eighth inning, UMB got their rally started early with Anthony Searles (Shelton, Conn.) recording a lead-off single. From there the Beacons would take advantage of back-to-back fielding errors to score two-runs to make it 7-5 with no outs on the scoreboard.
A wild pitch would score Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.) to make it a one-run affair with only one out on the board. Dan Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.), kept the Beacons rally going with a double to center field. Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) entered the game to pinch runner, and quickly made it home thanks to an RBI single by Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.). The Corsairs would get out of the inning with back-to-back outs.
Bryan Kaufman (Farmingdale, N.Y.) shutdown UMD's bats as he retired the side in order to keep the game deadlocked at seven runs a-piece. Before they were able to start the ninth, the umpires and coaches agreed to halt the game due to darkness.
Friday morning, the Beacons returned to the plate in hopes that the eighth inning momentum would carry over. After a lead-off walk to Brown, the Corsairs would get the freshman out at second on a failed sacrifice bunt.
UMD then got their second out on a swinging strikeout, before throwing out Searles who was trying to steal second.
Trying to close out the ninth was Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.), who was fresh-off his extra inning win over Rhode Island College on the first day of the tournament. Tramondozzi, who went a season-high 4.2 innings, started off the inning with a hit batter. They then got their first out on a fly-out to right field. From there a pair of singles would be all the Corsairs needed to clinch the walk-off win and remain in the winner's bracket.
Mantoni lasted just 5.1 innings and allowed seven runs, six earned, on seven hits. He allowed a pair home runs and surrendered two walks, while only striking out three. Kaufman was solid over 2.2 innings as he allowed just one hit.
Zack Reid improved to 2-2 and closed out the final 1.2 innings for the Corsairs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Boudrias finished 3-for-5 with three RBI
- Both teams were charged with four errors, which was the most for UMB since April 13
- The Beacons will now have to win three straight games to win the conference championship
- UMass Boston is currently ranked 2nd on the final NCAA Regional Poll, which was released Thursday evening
With a win over Keene State College, the Beacons will face the Corsairs at 3:30 p.m. in a must-win game. A loss to the Owls, and the Beacons will be eliminated from the conference tournament.