Rogers Pitches a Complete Game Gem in Win over Salem State

Rogers Pitches a Complete Game Gem in Win over Salem State

SALEM, Mass. – Joey Rogers (Dighton, Mass.) pitched a complete game, scattering six hits and allowing just one earned run to lead baseball to a 7-2 victory over Salem State University on Wednesday afternoon at the Central Campus Baseball Field.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 7, Salem State University 2

UMass Boston (18-9)
Salem State University (15-16)

HOW IT HAPPENED

UMass Boston jumped on top, scoring three times in the opening frame.  With one out, the Beacons loaded the bases, setting up Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.), who doubled to left field, which plated two runs. Following a hit batter, Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.) beat out an infield single, scoring Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.) with the third run of the inning.

Alex Toomey made it 3-1 with a one-out base hit in the bottom of the first off starter Joey Rogers (Dighton, Mass.). Salem State edged closer in the second as Tyler Galimi knocked-in Colton Fontaine with a base hit, making the score 3-2 in favor of UMass Boston.

Fowler's single extended the lead to 4-2 in the fourth. A Luke Nagle (Pembroke, Mass.) double in the sixth chased Vikings' starter Jose Martinez.  Joshua Bell, who replaced Martinez, allowed a single before Dan Mantoni's (Northbridge, Mass.) two-run base hit made the score 6-2. A sacrifice fly by Herzog extended the lead to 7-2. Martinez went five innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

Meanwhile, Rogers settled in, not allowing a run or hit after the second inning to improve to 2-0 on the season. Mantoni finished the day 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI for the Beacons.

Joe Kasper added a pair of hits for the Vikings. Ryan Kellerher pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the Vikings, allowing two hits with a walk and strikeout.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Rogers' complete game is the first since Kyle Szatrowski in 2014
  • Fowler extended his hit-streak to 20 straight games
  • The Beacons swept the regular season meetings with the Vikings for the second straight year and have now won four straight
  • Rogers' improved to 2-0 with Wednesday's win and has allowed just two runs, one earned, on 10 hits in 15 complete innings of work
  • He has also recorded 10 K's and allowed a mere two walks

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will travel to St. Joseph's College of Maine tomorrow for a 4 p.m. non-conference game.

Information for this release provided by Salem State University sports information department