HARWICH, Mass. – Junior Sal Frosceno (Derby, Conn.) went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and three RBI as the 17th/19th ranked Beacons defeated Suffolk University 13-4 in a winner's bracket game of the 2017 NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional at Whitehouse Field.
#17/19 UMass Boston 13, Suffolk University 4
UMass Boston (36-10)
Suffolk University (28-16)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Frosceno led the Beacons at the plate collecting hits in his first three at bats of the day, while stealing two bases. Senior Luke Nagle (Pembroke, Mass.) also went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI, while sophomore Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Senior Anthony Searles (Shelton, Conn.) recorded a pair of hits including a double and scored a run while driving in one.
The Beacons plated five runs in their first at bat of the day, and added six more in the next three innings as they built an 11-0 lead through the first four innings. The big hit in the open inning was a two-run triple to left by Frosceno, while Nagle and Herzog added RBI base-hits.
Suffolk got on the board in the bottom of the fourth as Seth Coiley and Matt Brenner led off the inning with back-to-back singles. The two teams traded two-runs apiece in the sixth inning to reach the final margin.
Suffolk was led offensively by Belski who went 1-for-3 with three RBI while Brenner and Speliotis each went 2-for-3. Brenner scored a pair of runs with a walk, while Speliotis crossed the plate once.
Dan Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) earned the win on the hill for the Beacons going six innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits with three strikeouts and a walk. The senior righty improved to 2-0 in NCAA Regional Tournament play.
Worth Walrod took the loss for the Rams going two innings and allowing 10 earned runs on 11 hits with a strikeout.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston improved to 9-2 all-time in NCAA Regional Tournament play and 9-4 in the NCAA Tournament
- Sunday's championship game will mark the second ever for the Beacons; UMB advanced and won their first regional crown in 2010
- Saturday's meeting was the first-ever NCAA Tournament meeting between the Beacons and the Rams
- UMass Boston is now 6-3 against the Rams since the 2006 season
- Mantoni's six innings was his longest outing since his April 29 win over Plymouth State University
The Beacons will face either Suffolk, Babson College, or Salve Regina University at 4 p.m.
Information for this release provided by the Mass. Maritime Academy Sports Information Department