BOSTON, Mass. – Baseball continued to keep pace in the conference standings thanks to a huge Little East Conference sweep of Eastern Connecticut State University as the Beacons earned a 6-0 game one win and a 10-7 win in game two Saturday afternoon at Monan Park.
GM1 – UMass Boston 6, Eastern Connecticut State University 0
GM2 – UMass Boston 10, Eastern Connecticut State University 7
UMass Boston (15-9, 6-2 Little East Conference)
Eastern Connecticut State (12-13, 4-6 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons game one shutout marked the second straight over the Warriors, while their 10-7 victory extended UMB's historic win-streak to seven straight. Last season, the Beacons pounded the Warriors for 13-runs on their way to their third Little East Conference championship.
GAME 1 – UMB 6, ECSU 0
In the opener Beacons ace Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) had one of his best outings of the season, as he allowed just eight hits in seven complete innings of work. Ben Gottesman (Acton, Mass.) closed out the one-sided win, allowing just one hit over the final two frames. The two pitchers combined for four strikeouts and allowed just four walks respectively.
UMB wasted little time jumping on the Warriors as they took a 4-0 lead through the first three innings. In the first inning, Herzog led off the contest with a triple, and would quickly come home thanks to an RBI single by McCormick. The Beacons then made it a 2-0 game in the second on a Nick Cotraro (Beverly, Mass.) RBI single, while in the third a two-run bomb from Herzog put UMB in total control of the momentum.
After a scoreless fourth, the Beacons tacked on their final two runs in the fifth with an RBI single by Herzog and an RBI double by Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.). The Warriors would never really threaten the Beacons lead as Burgos and Gottesman cruised to the conference win.
GAME 2 – UMB 10, ECSU 7
Looking to complete the sweep, the Beacons had to bounce back from an early deficit as the Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. UMB responded immediately as they scored five unanswered runs over the first two innings.
In the first, Boudrias plated UMB's first run on another RBI double. Cotraro then knocked-in a pair of runs on a single up the middle to make 3-2 after one. In the second, Herzog registered his second triple of the day, which plated Josh Lopez (Stamford, Conn.). Herzog would then score on a wild pitch to make it 5-2.
The top of third saw ECSU score a pair, cutting the Beacons lead to one. The Beacons would not register another run until the fifth when they put-up three runs thanks to Nick Palma. The first baseman drove in a pair on a single center, to make it 7-4. Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) then scored the Beacons eighth run of the contest as he scored on an error by the pitcher.
ECSU would manage to score two more runs in the sixth, and one in the seventh, while the Beacons kept their lead intact thanks to a two-run sixth of their own. In that inning, McCormick and Boudrias each drove in a run, both of which proved to be the insurance the Beacons needed.
After using three different pitchers from the pen, the Beacons turned to Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) to close out the contest. The senior righty wasted absolutely no time eliminating the Warriors as he retired all six batters he faced in order. The Peabody native, who leads the Little East in saves with eight recorded three strikeouts during his very quick outing.
Lopez led the Beacons in the nightcap as the senior infielder went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Herzog capped-off his huge doubleheader with a 2-for-3 showing, which included a pair of walks, an RBI and two runs scored.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons sweep marked their second straight over the Warriors, which is a new program record
- During the Beacons seven-game win-streak they have outscored the Warriors 81-24
- UMass Boston currently has the longest active win-streak over the Warriors of any other program in Division III baseball
- The Beacons combined for 12 hits in game one and 11 hits in game two
- On the day, Herzog recorded a combined 12 total bases, including eight in game one
- In total the Beacons combined for six doubles, three triples, and a home run
The Beacons will travel the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. conference game.