UMass-Boston edges McDaniel
Beacons tally late to hand Green Terror 4-3 loss in Florida finale
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Mark McCormack went 4-for-4 to lead UMass-Boston to a 4-3 victory over McDaniel at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in non-conference baseball action on Thursday.
Matthew Pace (Baltimore, Md./North County) and Patrick Christopher (Union Bridge, N.J./St. John Vianney) combined for four of the six hits for the Green Terror (4-4), who finished its Florida trip with a 4-3 record.
Ryan Walsh added a hit and three RBIs for the Beacons (6-2), including the game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the seventh.
Trailing 3-2, Ty Buccetti led off the seventh with a single before McCormack reached on an infield single to put runners at first and second.
A sacrifice moved both runners up a bag before Walsh poked a single through the left side to turn the one-run deficit into a one-run lead.
McDaniel had the bases loaded with no outs in the top of the ninth but a strikeout and double play ended the threat, earning the save for Matt Young.
A Walsh sacrifice fly in the third plated Buccetti, staking UMass-Boston to a 1-0 lead.
The Green Terror countered with a pair in the top of the fourth.
Russell Coover (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) led off with a single before a one-out error put runners at first and second.
Pace drove home Coover with a single to right before Christopher followed with a RBI base knock of his own to give McDaniel a one-run advantage.
A double from Ray Hart (Cheverly, Md./Suitland) and double play ball stretched the lead to 3-1 an inning later before a Coonor Reinfurt sacrifice fly made it a one-run game in the bottom of the frame.
McDaniel opens the Centennial Conference schedule at Dickinson on Tuesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
McDaniel (4-4) 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 - 3 8 1
UMass-Boston (6-2) 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 x - 4 8 3
Brian Rosato, Joe Drzonsc (8) and Ray Hart; Danny Gomez, Tony Damon (7), Matt Young (9) and Tim Fontaine. WP: Damon (2-0). LP: Rosato (0-2). S: Young (2). SO-BB: Rosato 5-1, Drzonsc 1-0; Gomez 5-3, Damon 1-0, Young 1-0. 2B: Ray Hart (M), Mark McCormack 2 (B).