UMass Boston Rallies in 9th to Down Southern Maine 6-5
GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Mike Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) delivered a two-out single to drive in freshman pinch runner Luke Fischetti (Liverpool, N.Y.) in the top of the ninth inning to cap a two-run rally and give the University of Massachusetts Boston a 6-5, come-from-behind victory over the University of Southern Maine in Little East Conference baseball action Tuesday afternoon at the USM Baseball Stadium.
The win was the fourth straight for the Beacons, and improved their record to 14-9 overall. The Huskies, playing their home opener, slipped back to .500 overall with an 11-11 mark. Both teams are 3-2 in conference play.
Trailing 5-4 heading into their final turn at bat, the Beacons scored twice by taking advantage of two walks, a hit batsman and Consiglio's single. With one out, junior Nick Grassetti (Agawam, Mass.) walked and advanced to second when freshman pinch hitter Dominic Morbidelli (Oakland, Calif.) was hit by a pitch. Senior Mark McCormack (Shelton, Conn.) walked to load the bases.
The Huskies called upon senior right-hander Ben Ives (Portland, Maine/Deering) to face sophomore Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.). Ives got a potential game-ending double-play ground ball, but it was fumbled around and the Huskies were only able to get Moquette at first base as Grassetti scored the tying run. Consiglio followed with a sharply hit ball down the left field line to plate Fischetti, who had come on to run for Morbidelli.
USM went down in order in the ninth against UMB junior closer Jeff Thomas (Redwood City, Calif.). Thomas, making his eight appearance of the season, picked up his fifth save. Sophomore Will Barrack (Lancaster, Va.) was the winning pitcher going 2.1 innings allowing one hit and two unearned runs.
Junior southpaw Nick Douglass (Poland, Maine) was saddled with his first loss season. Douglass went 2.1 innings allowing two hits while walking five, hitting one batter and striking out five. Senior Dustin Stanton (Cornish, Maine) started on the mound and went the first six innings giving up five hits and two walks while fanning five.
UMB took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Moquette hit a Stanton pitch over the left-center field fence for his second home run of the season. The Beacons doubled their lead in the second on senior Matt Mattei's (Spencer, Mass./David Prouty) RBI double.
The Huskies, who out hit the Beacons 12-8 but left 11 runners stranded, put up three runs in the third on an RBI single from sophomore John Carey (South Portland, Maine) and a two-run single from sophomore Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass.).
Senior Wilberto Sanjuro (Boston, Mass.) tied the game in the fourth with a two-out RBI single.
The game remained tied into the eighth inning when UMB grabbed a 4-3 lead on rookie Charles LaPaglia's (Marshfield, Mass.) RBI single. USM came back in its half of the inning scoring two unearned runs on an RBI single from sophomore Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) and a sacrifice fly by junior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) for a 5-4 advantage.
Southern Maine will play at Colby College on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.). UMass Boston is off until Friday (3:30 p.m.) when it plays at Babson College.