PLYMOUTH, N.H. – After winning a game one 12-8 slugfest with the Panthers of Plymouth State, the fourth/fifth ranked Beacons could not complete the sweep as their offense went dormant allowing the Panthers to earn a 6-2 game two-win Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference doubleheader.
GM 1 - #4/5 UMass Boston 12, Plymouth State University 8
GM 2 - #4/5 UMass Boston 2, Plymouth State University 6
UMass Boston (27-7, 10-2 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State University (13-15, 5-7 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons will now have to wait until next Friday to see if they clinch the regular season championship and right to host the Little East Conference Tournament. With a sweep of Rhode Island College, the Beacons would clinch their second LEC regular season title in the last three years. The Beacons can also earn the right to host with a Southern Maine loss to Eastern Connecticut State University in the regular season finale as well.
Despite an early lead for the Beacons, the Panthers would not stay down for long as they scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. UMB countered that four-run inning with seven runs of their own in the fifth. Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) led the charge with a two-run homer, the second of his career. Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) then drove in a pair of runs on a double, while Anthony Cecere (Wakefield, Mass.) plated his teammate on a double to left center. Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.) kept the runs coming on a sac-fly, while Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) accounted for UMB's final run of the inning on a passed ball.
Plymouth State nearly erased the deficit in the sixth and seventh innings as they made it 8-7 over the two frames. In the top half of the eighth Boudrias and Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.) each drove in a run to push UMB's lead to 10-8.
The Panthers knocked-in their final run of the day in the bottom half of the inning, but any chance of a comeback was short lived thanks to a game-clinching two-run homer by Wanderson Pinales (Bani, D.R.).
Boudrias led the Beacons with three RBI, as the DH went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Murphy was walked three times and finished 1-for-3 with a run scored. Cecere had another strong day at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
JT Morin (Wilton, Conn.) was solid on the hill striking out seven batters over five innings of work. Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) picked-up the save after going the final two innings. Morin had the only strikeouts for the Beacons pitching staff, and allowed four runs on four hits.
Will Austin failed to record an out and was handed the loss after allowing two runs on two hits.
Plymouth State used a combined three runs between the third and fourth innings to gain the early advantage. UMB cut their lead back to two in the seventh with a Huegi RBI double, which plated Herzog.
The Panthers extended their lead to 5-1 in the eighth on a two-run single to right field. The Beacons would hold PSU to the two-spot as they knew they had just six outs remaining. The Beacons made it a three-run game again, thanks to a wild pitch, which plated Dave Murphy (Plymouth, Mass.). However, Plymouth State clinched the win in the bottom half of the eighth as they scored one more run to make it 6-2.
Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) was handed his first loss of the 2018 season after allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits. The righty had just one strikeout and walked two batters.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday's split marked the first conference split for the Beacons since Saturday, April 15, 2017 when they split with Eastern Connecticut State
- The game two loss ended the Beacons seven-game win-streak over the Panthers, but was just the second loss to PSU since 2013
- UMB has now 10-2 against Plymouth State since the 2013 season
- Morin improved to 5-1 on the year with the game one win while Burgos fell to 7-1
- With the game one save, Tramondozzi set the program record for saves in a season with eighth of the year
- The Beacons recorded 12 hits in the opener, but were held to just five in the nightcap
- UMB now needs a sweep of RIC to clinch the top-seed and the right to host the LEC Tournament for the second time in three years
- They also need the one win to earn at-least a share of the Little East Conference regular season championship, their second in three years as well
The Beacons will travel to Endicott College on Monday for a 6 p.m. non-conference game.