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#3 Southern Maine Falls at UMass Boston 7-3

Senior Dalton Rice struck out a career-high 13 against UMass Boston (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Dalton Rice struck out a career-high 13 against UMass Boston (file photo by Jason Johns).
Rice Strikes Out Career High 13

            BOSTON -- Senior Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass./Arlington Catholic) went 3-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI, and freshman right-hander Dylan Fashempour (Redlands, Calif.) pitched six scoreless innings, as the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons knocked off the third-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies 7-3 in a Little East Conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Monan Park.

            The loss snapped the Huskies' four-game win streak, and dropped their record to 16-4 overall and 6-2 in LEC play.  The Beacons, winners of their last two games, improved to 12-8 overall and 4-2 in the conference.  The two teams will meet again next Tuesday (April 16) at USM.

            Fashempour surrendered three hits and three walks while striking out six in his six innings of the work.  The win improves his record to 2-1 on the season.

            The Huskies were held in check by Fashempour and three relievers until the eighth inning when they scored all their runs.  USM loaded the bases with no outs on two walks that sandwiched a double from senior Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee).  UMB senior reliever Joe Maguire (Peabody, Mass.) got the first out via a strikeout before giving up a sacrifice fly to senior Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) for USM's first run and the second out.  Maguire issued his third walk of the inning to reload the sacks, and senior Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) made him pay delivering two runs with a single.

            UMB called upon senior closer Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) for a four-out save.  Tramondozzi got out of the eighth without further damage, and stranded a pair of Husky base runners in the ninth to earn his seventh save of the season.

            The Beacons, despite striking out 17 times in the game, bunched their hits together at the right time to produce a 6-0 lead over the first five innings against USM senior starter Dalton Rice (Waterford, Maine/Oxford Hills).  Rice would strike out a career-high 13 over six innings.

            In the first, the Beacons scored a run on a wild pitch, and a second on a ground out to take a 2-0 lead.  In the second, freshman Ryan Leung (Brookline, Mass.) hit a one-out triple, and scored on a sacrifice bunt from senior Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.).

            The Beacons tacked up three more runs in the fifth on a hit batsman, back-to-back RBI doubles from junior Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) and Boudrias, and an RBI single from junior Anthony Cecere (Wakefield, Mass.) to make it 6-0.  Cecere also had an RBI single in the seventh off senior reliver Henry Curran (South Portland, Maine) to increase the UMB lead to 7-0.

            Boudrias and Cecere combined for five of the Beacons' eight hits in the game.  Dexter was the lone repeat hitter for the Huskies with a double and a single.

            Southern Maine is scheduled to host Colby College tomorrow (4 p.m.).  UMass Boston travels to Roger Williams University on Wednesday (3:30 pm.).  Both contests are non-conference games.