SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – With a combined eight runs through the first four innings regionally ranked Western New England University defeated baseball by the final of 9-3 Wednesday afternoon at George E. Trelease Memorial Baseball Park.
The Golden Bears, who are ranked eighth on the most recent New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) regional poll, and 26th on the D3Baseball.com National Coaches Poll improved to 11-5 on the year. For the Beacons, Wednesday's loss dropped their overall record to 6-8.
Senior outfielder Matt Anthonis fueled the Golden Bears offense as the captain went 4-for-5, with one triple, three RBI and a run scored. On the mound Brendan Nugent allowed one run on seven hits through seven complete innings to give his team the window they needed to take the early lead.
Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) was the lone Beacon to record multiple hits in Wednesday's loss, as the junior went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) and Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) each recorded doubles, with Consiglio's extra base hit coming in a two-run top of the eighth which made it a six-run ball game at the time (9-3).
Junior righty Will Barrack (Lancaster, Va.) was handed the loss, his first in the last three starts, as the Virginia native allowed nine runs, six earned, on 14 hits. Barrack did manage to strikeout five bringing his strikeout count to 29 batters since his near record setting performance in Florida.
The Golden Bears, who won the 2011 NCAA Division III New England Regional tournament, put their first run of the afternoon the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. UMass would then respond with their first run of the day in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by Jose Pena (Boston, Mass.) which scored Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.).
Unfortunately that would be the Beacons only run until the eighth inning, during which time the Golden Bears scored three runs in the second and fourth innings, while also adding one run in the third and the sixth frames.
UMass tried to put together a late rally in the eighth as they quickly got runners on base. However UMB's only runs in the inning would come from a wild pitch that scored Moquette and a sacrifice fly from Ezold which scored Consiglio.
Baseball returns to action this Saturday when they travel to Rhode Island College for a Little East Conference doubleheader. The first pitch is scheduled for noon from Providence, R.I.