Ilges, UMass Boston Blank Southern Maine 4-0
GORHAM, Maine -- Junior right-hander Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, Mass.) hurled a three-hit shutout as the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons defeated the #11 University of Southern Maine Huskies 4-0 in a Little East Conference matchup at USM Baseball Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
With the win, the Beacons snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 13-16 overall and 5-5 in LEC play. Southern Maine has lost two straight for the first time this season, and drops to 25-5 overall and 7-1 in the conference. It was the first time the Huskies have been shutout since losing 5-0 to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on March 27, 2012.
Ilges, who walked only one and struck out six, retired the first nine batters he faced before allowing a hit in the fourth inning as he collected his third win of the season. He improves to 3-3 on the season.
Junior Jose Pena (Boston, Mass./O'Bryant) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Beacons offensively. Senior Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and sophomore Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) went 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Senior Anthony Pisani (Cheshire, Conn./Notre Dame), junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine), and freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) each singled for the Huskies. Southern Maine freshman right-hander Shyler Scates (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy), who pitched 6.1 solid innings giving up four runs on seven hits and only walking one, was tagged with the loss and drops to 2-1 on the season.
The Beacons wasted no time as they put across one run on three straight hits in the first inning before Skates got out of the inning with a double play. Consiglio and junior Jamil Moqeutte (Boston, Mass./Madison Park Technical Vocational) each singled, and Ezold drove in Consiglio from third on a one-out single to take the 1-0 lead.
Ilges cruised through the first three innings and didn't allow a base runner until Chadwick singled up the middle with one out in the fourth.
UMass Boston made it 2-0 in the third when Ezold drove in Pena on a sacrifice fly to right.
The Beacons added two insurance runs in the seventh increasing their lead to 4-0. Sophomore Ryan Manning (Plainville, Mass/King Philip Regional) was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a single by sophomore Patrick Murphy (Stamford, Conn./Trinity Catholic). Manning was able to moved to third on a Southern Maine fielding error occurring on the same play. USM sophomore right-hander Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) came on for Scates to face UMB sophomore Bryan Failla (Torrington, Conn.) who laid down a safety squeeze bunt to score Pena roped a single to right field to drive in Murphy.
Scates retired 11 straight UMB batters between the third and sixth innings.
The Huskies made a bid for a comeback as they loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but Igles was able to escape getting a foul pop to Ezold.
The Huskies return to action tomorrow (3:30 p.m.) when they travel to Babson Park, Mass., to take on Babson College in a non-conference game at Govani Field. UMass Boston will travel to cross-town rival M.I.T. for a non-conference matchup on Thursday (4:00 p.m.).