CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A four-run top of the 10th inning lifted the sixth ranked Panthers of Chapman University to a 8-4 win over the 22nd/23rd ranked Beacons to force the if-necessary Sunday afternoon at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
#22/23 UMass Boston 4, #6/6 Chapman University 8
UMass Boston (37-13)
Chapman University (41-12)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After tying the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Panthers regained the lead with a bases loaded walk, before scoring three insurance runs on a bases clearing single by Alex Wong.
With the loss, UMass Boston will now face Chapman University at 1 p.m. (EST) in the if-necessary game. The winner of that contest will advance to Tuesday's championship series where they will meet the winner of the Birmingham Southern/Johns Hopkins series for a chance to play for the National Championship. The National Championship is a best-of-three series with a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday and the if-necessary scheduled for Wednesday.
Chapman wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as they looked to keep their season alive. They plated a pair of runs in the top of the first to take the very early 2-0 advantage. UMB cut the deficit in half on a Kyle Boudrias RBI single. The Beacons tried to add to their lead but saw the inning come to an end a double play.
The Panthers would then score one more run in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Nico Kydes, who played his best game of the College World Series, drove in UMB's second run of the afternoon on a single to left field. Kydes and Nick Cotraro would then tie the game at 4-4 with a pair of RBI singles.
UMB had their chance to take the lead in the seventh on a double by Kyle Boudrias but were unable to get the go-head run home. With runners on second and third and with only one out on the scoreboard Chapman's closer Nick Garcia got out of the inning to keep the score even at 4-4. Garcia, who improved to 9-0 on the year, went the final three innings and had three strikeouts.
Closer Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) fell to 4-3 on the season after allowing the four runs, three of which were earned, on three hits in two innings of relief.
Out of the pen Mike Doherty had his best appearance of the NCAA Tournament as he went an inning and two-thirds and did not allow a hit or a walk.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time the Beacons are now 1-1 against Chapman University
- UMass Boston is now 3-5 all-time in the CWS and 21-10 in NCAA Tournament play
- Ben Gottesman (Acton, Mass.) got the start for the Beacons and went six complete innings allowing four runs, two earned, on eight hits while also striking out one
- UMass Boston's four errors were their most since April 10 at Roger Williams University when they committed five miscues (29 game span).
- Kydes went 2-for-3 and had two RBI and a walk in the loss and is 3-for-5 with two runs, two RBI and three walks against Chapman
- With his two hits, Boudrias now sits just seven hits away from tying the program record of 266 hits set by All-American Ryan Walsh
- Boudrias has now recorded three straight two-hit games and is hitting .500 (6-12) in the CWS; He also has three RBI and three doubles
- UMass Boston has not suffered back-to-back loss since March 26-28, a span of 36 games, and is 1-0 on the year in elimination games
- The Beacons have not loss back-to-back games to the same opponent since April 10, 2016 when Eastern Connecticut State earned an LEC sweep
The Beacons will face Chapman University tomorrow in a winner take all game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. EST.