SALEM, Mass. – Led by junior Ben Gottesman's (Acton, Mass.) career-high 10 strikeouts baseball bounced back from their loss on Tuesday as they earned an 7-4 win over Salem State University Wednesday afternoon at Central Campus Field.
UMass Boston 7, Salem State University 3
UMass Boston (16-10)
Salem State University (11-14)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Gottesman's day which last 5.1 innings saw the righty hold the Vikings to just one run on five hits. He also walked just one batter in his best start of the season. Before his day came to an end, Gottesman retired eight in a row, which allowed the Beacons to score a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead into the sixth.
The Beacons then tacked on another run in the sixth, and with an RBI double by Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) in the seventh pushed their lead to 4-1. A three-run eighth sealed the victory for the Beacons as Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) hit his team leading third home run, a solo shot. Nick Cotraro (Beverly, Mass.) would also come home on a wild pitch, while Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) knocked-in the final run for UMB on an RBI fielder's choice.
Despite the six-run deficit, the Vikings came fighting back scoring three-runs of their own in the bottom half of the eighth.
The Beacons could not add to their lead in the ninth, giving Salem State an better chance to walk-off. However, those thoughts were quickly put to rest as the Beacons called in closer Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) The righty dispatched the Vikings to earn his ninth save of the season.
Riley finished 2-for-4 on the afternoon with an RBI and two-runs scored. Boudrias plated a pair of runs as he extended his hit streak to 22 consecutive games.
Herzog also extended a hit-streak of his own as he recorded at-least one extra base hit in the sixth straight game. The reigning Little East Player of the Week recorded a double on his only hit of the day to go along with an RBI and a run scored.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Beacons have now won six straight over the Vikings
- Gottesman became just the second pitcher this season to record 10 K's in a game; Dylan Fashempour (Redlands, Calif.) recorded 10 K's against on March 19 against Roger Williams
- With the win Gottesman improved to 3-0 on the year
- The Beacons pitching staff combined for 14 strikeouts, which was second most in 2019
- Tramondozzi's ninth save ties his already program record for saves in a season which he recorded as a junior
The Beacons will host Suffolk University tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.