BOSTON, Mass. – It was another tough affair for the 23rd ranked Beacons, as the Golden Bears of Western New England pounded out 19 hits for 20 runs as they cruised past baseball by the final of 20-8 Thursday afternoon at Monan Park.
#23 UMass Boston 8, Western New England University 20
UMass Boston (8-6)
Western New England (7-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Golden Bears used a huge seven-run fifth inning to take a 10-run lead (11-1) at the time. After the Beacons finally countered with a four-run fifth, and three run-sixth, WNEU fired back scoring nine runs over the final three innings to seal the one-sided victory.
Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) was responsible for all four of the Beacons runs in the fifth as the senior infielder crushed his first collegiate grand slam. Danny Brown (Hudson, N.H.) then added the Beacons three runs in the sixth with one swing of his ba,t as the junior sent the ball over the right field wall for his first career homer.
WNEU combined for six extra-base hits, with Brian Valeriano finishing a double shy of the cycle. Valeriano led the Golden Bears with three RBI, while Ben LaCroix led WNEU with four RBI.
Kevin Besko earned the win for WNEU after allowing five runs on five hits in five innings of work.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Thursday's win marked the first for WNEU at Monan Park
- The Beacons saw their five-game win-streak over WNEU end with Thursday's loss, as it marked the first win for the Golden Bears since 2013
- The two home runs for the Beacons marked the first multi-home run game since their loss to St. John Fisher College on March 9 of this season
- UMass Boston has now lost two in a row at Monan Park for just the third time in the four-year history of the park
The Beacons will host Salve Regina University on Sunday at 12 p.m. in a non-conference doubleheader.