BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts Boston baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of the second game to hold off Eastern Eastern Connecticut State University, 10-7, and gain a Little East Conference sweep Saturday afternoon at Monan Park.
In the first game, senior righty Fernando Burgos – the program leader in season and career wins -- and junior righty Ben Gottesman combined on a nine-hitter and the Warriors left nine runners on base in UMass's 6-0 win – the third time this year that Eastern has been shut out in LEC play.
Last year's Little East regular-season and tournament champion, UMass (15-9, 6-2 LEC) remains in second place in the conference, one game behind the University of Southern Maine. With six LEC regular-season games remaining, Eastern (12-13, 4-6 LEC) is in sixth place – percentage points ahead of Plymouth State University for the final LEC tournament spot.
Eastern led once in the second game after scoring twice in the top of the first on an game-opening error and three straight singles off sophomore righty Tylor Arruda, but the Beacons answered with three in the bottom of the first on three hits and a walk and moved out to a 5-2 lead with two runs in the second in chasing Eastern junior righty John Parker (Brunswick, ME). Leading 5-4, UMass opened up an 8-4 lead with three runs in the fifth on two hits and two walks.
Senior righty Jordan Muchin (West Hartford) allowed 12 hits in six innings in the opener, fanning five without a walk to drop to 3-3 on the season.
Senior cleanup hitter Alex Parkos (Meriden) reached six times with three hits and three walks for Eastern, and senior William Coleman (Northford), junior Jake LeFevre (Mansfield Center), and freshman Matt Malcom (East Lyme) all had three hits in Eastern's 21-hit attack on the day. Sophomore Luke Broadhurst (Stafford) extended his hitting streak to 12 with a single in the first inning of the opener in his only at-bat of the afternoon.
Senior leadoff hitter Nick Herzog paced UMB by reaching seven times with five hits – including two triples and a home run – and two walks. He scored five times, drove in four runs and stole three bases.
Eastern hosts Westfield State University in a non-conference game Monday at 6 p.m.