The University of Massachusetts Boston baseball team squared off against Endicott College last week in one of the final matchups of the regular season. Right off the bat, the Beacons built a healthy lead, and they really never looked back.
A couple of seniors got things going for UMass Boston, as Nick Herzog started the game off with a single and was then driven in by Josh Lopez. Juniors Nick Cotraro and Ryan McCormick each added an RBI, while junior Danny Brown was able to drive two runs in. Through just one inning of the play, the Beacons looked up at the scoreboard to see a comfortable 5–0 lead.
This allowed junior Ben Gottesman to settle in nicely rather than having to pitch in a tight game. It was evident that he was ready to go and had himself a fantastic day. Over six scoreless innings, Gottesman gave up three hits while striking out seven batters. He earned his fourth win of the season, which now gives him a perfect record of 4–0. Freshman PJ McKermitt and juniors Matt Demma and Anthony Pescara were the three other pitchers who saw action in this game. Demma was responsible for three of the four runs that crossed the plate, while Pescara gave up an unearned run. Just like Gottesman, McKermitt did not allow Endicott to get on the scoreboard.
Following the strong first inning at the dish, freshman Nico Kydes hit a multi-RBI single to left field, extending the Beacons’ lead even further. By the end of two innings, the Beacons held an 8–0 advantage. Herzog continued his dominance in the third inning, as he hit a solo home run over the left field wall—a moonshot that everyone knew was going over the wall as soon as the ball left the bat. He drove in another run in the fifth inning when he grounded out to first base, allowing Kydes to score from third base.
With the score 10–3 in the home half of the eighth inning, the Beacons scored a few unnecessary insurance runs. Ryan McCormick and senior Eddie Riley both accounted for RBIs, while freshman Danny Collazo scored on a wild pitch.
Endicott struck once in the final inning, but it was too little too late. They fell to the Beacons 13–4, as UMass Boston improved its overall record to 23–10.
With only a couple of games remaining on UMass Boston’s schedule, they are beginning to prepare for the LEC Tournament—a tournament in which the Beacons have seen a lot of success the past few years. As of now, UMass Boston would be the two seed, while the University of Southern Maine remains atop of the conference. This will most likely be the same come tournament time, but that is no problem for the Beacons. Both them and Southern Maine have been the two best teams in the LEC for about four years now, so they are used to seeing each other.
This season, the two split their meetings. In the first matchup, the Beacons won at home 7–3. The second meeting did not go as well for the Beacons, as they fell 8–3 on the road. To no surprise, the home team came out victorious in each of the two games. Although these teams are seemingly even, the University of Southern Maine will have a slight advantage if the two meet in the LEC Championship because they will be the home team thanks to earning the number one seed. Of course, there are many different possibilities that can happen in the tournament, but it looks as if UMass Boston and the University of Southern Maine are on a collision course for the LEC Championship.