BOSTON, Mass. – Behind a stellar pitching performance from freshman starter Dylan Fashempour (Redlands, Calif.), baseball earned their biggest win of the 2019 season as they defeated Little East Conference rival and third-ranked Huskies of the University of Southern Maine by the final of 7-3 Tuesday afternoon at Monan Park.
UMass Boston 7, #3 University of Southern Maine 3
UMass Boston (12-8, 4-2 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine (16-4, 6-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Facing his first nationally-ranked opponent, Fashempour was impressive throughout his six innings of work as he picked-up his second win of 2019. The righty from California allowed just three hits and did not surrender a run. He also struck out six and walked just three batters.
The Beacons used timely hitting in the first two innings to jump out to an early 3-0 lead over one of the Huskies' top starters in Dalton Rice. Despite fanning a career-high 13 batters, Rice allowed six of the Beacons seven runs on six hits in six innings of work.
UMB struck for two runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks a wild pitch which scored Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.), and a Nick Cotraro (Beverly, Mass.) RBI groundout. In the second inning UMB tacked on their third run with Charlie Huegi driving in a run on a squeeze play, which plated Ryan Leung, who recorded his first career triple in his first at-bat of the day.
From there, the two starters would completely neutralize the opponent's offense as neither team produced anything until the bottom of the fifth inning. In what proved to be the decisive inning for the Beacons they got back-to-back RBI doubles from Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) and Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.). They then added a third run in the inning thanks to an RBI single by Anthony Cecere (Wakefield, Mass.).
UMB got another insurance run in the seventh inning, on another Cecere RBI single which scored McCormick to make it 7-0.
Knowing that they still had six outs left in the contest, the Huskies came clawing back in the top of the eighth inning. Facing reliever Joe Maguire (Peabody, Mass.), USM plated all three runs on two hits and three walks to cut the deficit to four-runs. After allowing the Huskies third walk of the inning, the Beacons turned to their closer Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.).
Needing just one out to get out of the eighth and with runners on first and third, the righty from Peabody got the crucial out on his very first pitch. In the ninth, UMB failed to add to their lead, but that did not phase Tramondozzi, who despite giving up a pair of hits got all three outs in the final stanza to give the Beacons the huge LEC win.
Boudrias ended the contest with a 3-for-4 day at the plate which included the RBI and the run scored. Cecere went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Matt Demma (Worcester, Mass.) also made an appearance on the hill for the Beacons and did allow a hit or a run in an inning of work.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Beacons are now 7-2 over the Huskies since 2016
- Southern Maine remains winless at Monan Park with an 0-8 record since 2016
- Fashempour has now held to opponents scoreless in six innings or more, with his first coming against Roger Williams University on March 19 (7.0 innings)
- The Beacons recorded a total of eight hits, while the Huskies managed seven
- Henry Curran allowed the seventh Beacons run on two hits in an inning of work
- The Huskies pitching staff combined for 17 strikeouts, which marked a season-high for the USM hurlers
The Beacons will travel to Roger Williams University tomorrow for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game.