BEVERLY, Mass. – In one of their best performances of the season, the Beacons pitching staff allowed just one run on three hits, while Nick Palma (Peabody, Mass.) drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 10th inning to help lift baseball to a 3-1 win over Endicott College Tuesday afternoon at North Field.
UMass Boston 3, Endicott College 1 (10 innings)
UMass Boston (10-6)
Endicott College (10-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
As a group, the Beacons' hurlers allowed just two walks and fanned four batters to give baseball their second straight win. Joe Maguire (Peabody, Mass.) , who came in out of the bullpen for the first time since the Beacons Florida trip earned the win after going two complete innings. The righty entered the game in the eighth and despite having runners on second and third with two outs, he managed to get out of the jam with an inning ending strikeout.
After their two-run top of the 10th, the Beacons turned to Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) to close out the crucial non-conference win. The senior hit the first batter he faced, before retiring the next three in order.
Looking to bounce back from last week's tough start against UMass Dartmouth freshman Dylan Fashempour (Redlands, Calif.) went five strong innings as the Beacons starter. He allowed the lone run Endicott run which was unearned, on only two hits.
In the 10th, Palma hit a deep fly ball to center field, which allowed Nick Cotraro (Beverly, Mass.) to score from third base to make it 2-1. Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) then added to UMB's lead as he crushed a double scoring Ryan Leung (Brookline, Mass.) who was standing at second base.
Leung also drove in the Beacons first run of the day on an RBI fielder's choice in the top of the second inning.
Endicott's only run came in the bottom of the third, with their best chance to take the lead falling just short in the eighth when Maguire got out of the inning unscathed.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston ends their short series with Commonwealth Coast Conference members (Roger Williams, Salve Regina, and Endicott) with a 2-1 record
- The three hits allowed is the fewest by the Beacons pitching staff this season
- With his double, Boudrias extended his hit streak to 12 straight games
- Tramondozzi's save marked the fifth of the year, while Maguire went 1-1 on the campaign
- UMass Boston has now won five straight over the Gulls after dropping their first eight meetings with Endicott
The Beacons will host Mitchell College tomorrow at 7:15 p.m.