BOSTON, Mass. – An Anthony Cecere (Wakefield, Mass.) two-run single proved to be the only offense that the 23rd ranked Beacons could produce as they were handed a tough 8-2 Little East Conference loss by UMass Dartmouth Tuesday afternoon at Monan Park.
#23 UMass Boston 2, UMass Dartmouth 8
UMass Boston (8-5, 2-1 Little East Conference)
UMass Dartmouth (6-9, 1-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Looking to end a four-game losing streak, as well as earn their first conference win of the year, the Corsairs jumped all over the Beacons from the start. UMD put-up a pair of runs in the first inning, before adding three more in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Along with the Corsairs strong offensive showing, they also received a solid showing on the hill from Division II transfer Tucker Heatherman and reliever Nate Tellier.
Heatherman allowed the two runs on five hits over six innings of work to earn his first win of the season. Tellier picked-up the save after closing out the final three innings. The Corsairs top utility player did not allow a Beacons hit and struck out six to match Heatherman's total.
Dylan Fashempour (Redlands, Calif.) struggled to hit his spots as the freshman lasted just four innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits.
After the two-run fifth inning, UMB tried to cut into the deficit even more in the sixth inning and seventh innings but were denied in both innings. In the sixth, the Corsairs turned a double play that killed the Beacons late rally bid. The seventh inning was perhaps UMB's best chance to make Tuesday's contest much closer. Unfortunately, the inning came to a screeching halt, as the Corsairs cut down UMB's lead runner on a pick-off to keeping the deficit at six-runs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) had the lone extra base hit for the Beacons, a double
- UMB's loss to the Corsairs marked their first since 2017 ending UMB's five game win-streak over UMD
- The five hits for the Beacons marked their fewest since their March 10 loss to Wheaton College (MA) in Florida when they recorded just four hits
- Despite the loss, the Beacons pitching staff managed to record a combined 12 strikeouts. It marked just the third time this season that UMB's hurlers recorded double-digit in K's
The Beacons will host fellow 2018 NCAA New England Regional side Western New England University on Thursday at 3 p.m.