UMass Boston Downs Southern Maine 7-5
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons overcame a three-deficit on the strength of a five-run third-inning eruption and went on to defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 7-5, in Little East Conference baseball action Tuesday afternoon at Yetten Field.
The win gave the Beacons a sweep of the home-and-home series with the Huskies, and improved their record to 16-11 overall and 5-3 in the conference. The Huskies dropped their second straight game to fall to 14-13 overall and 5-3 in LEC play.
Junior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) had two hits, including his single-season record tying eighth triple, and three RBI to lead the Huskies offense. Sophomore Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) had a pair of hits and two RBI. Senior right-handed hurler Dustin Stanton (Cornish, Maine/Sacopee Valley) started on the hill and pitched four innings. He was saddled with the loss that evened his record at 3-3.
Senior Mark McCormack (Shelton, Conn.), juniors Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn./Pomeraug) and Nick Grassetti (Agawam, Mass.), and rookies Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass) and Jack DeBiase (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) had two hits apiece for the Beacons. Junior right-hander Michael Broughton (New Britain, Conn.) picked up his second win of the season going the first seven innings. Sophomore Ryan Augustine (Burlington, Conn./Lewis Mills) came on the pitch the final two innings to earn his first save of the year.
The Huskies grabbed a 3-0 lead in their first turn at bat. White drove in two runs with his record-tying triple to right field, and scored the third run on Chadwick's ground out. White's triple equaled the Huskies' season record set by former All-American Ryan Bourque in 2004.
Stanton cruised through the first two innings before the Beacons bunched together five hits in the third inning to score five times. McCormack plated the first run with a triple and later scored on an infield error. Consiglio and LaPaglia had RBI singles later in the inning.
Sophomore Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass./Madison Park Tech) increased the Beacons' lead to 6-3 in the fourth inning with a ground out that drove in rookie Collin Keefer (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell).
Southern Maine closed the gap to 6-5 with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Chadwick brought home junior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine) with a single in the sixth, and White's RBI single in the seventh plated sophomore Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass.).
Grassetti gave the Beacons an insurance run in the eighth with an RBI triple to right field.
The Huskies put the potential tying runs on base against Augustine in the ninth inning on a single by sophomore Matt Powers (Portland, Maine/Deering) and a walk to rookie Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.), but Augustine was able to get the final out on a fly ball.
Southern Maine is back in action tomorrow (3:30 p.m.) hosting Endicott College. UMass Boston travels to Salem State University on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.).