CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The 22nd/23rd ranked Beacons improved to 2-0 in the 2019 College World Series, thanks to a combined nine runs through the first three innings, as they downed sixth-ranked Chapman University by the final of 10-6 Saturday afternoon at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
No. 22/23 UMass Boston 10, No. 6 Chapman University 6
UMass Boston (37-12)
Chapman University (39-12)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the win the Beacons advance in the winner's bracket and need just one more win to advance to the best-of-three championship series. They will now face the winner of tomorrow's elimination game between Chapman and Washington and Jefferson University at 5:30 p.m. EST.
Saturday's win marks the furthest that UMass Boston has ever advanced in the CWS, as they are the only undefeated team remaining in Pool A.
Facing Chapman's ace in Tyler Peck the Beacons knew they were facing one of the top arms at the CWS. However, UMB made quick work of the righty as they knocked him out of the game after just two innings, after they scored six runs, five earned, on just four hits.
The Beacons then tacked on three more runs in the third inning to take a comfortable 9-2 leading into the middle innings. Dylan Fashempour (Redlands, Calif.) who got the start for UMB, made it through five innings to earn his eighth win of the season. During his outing he allowed the two runs on five hits, while striking out one.
Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) registered his 13th save of the 2019 season after just a three-pitch showing in the top of the ninth.
After the Cougars struck for a run in the top of the first, the Beacons immediately responded in the bottom half of the opening frame, as Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) recorded his first of two doubles in the contest. The senior third baseman drove in Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.)-who walked with two outs on the scoreboard.
UMB did all of their damage in the second as they plated five runs in the inning. An error by Peck would give the Beacons their first lead of the day, as both Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) and Nico Kydes (Stamford, Conn.) scored on the miscue. Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) knocked in the Beacons third run of the inning on a groundout to short. Josh Lopez (New London, Conn.) made it 5-1 in favor of the Beacons on his RBI single to the pitcher. Boudrias completed the offensive surge for UMB, on an RBI double to right-center, which plated Lopez.
Chapman tacked on their second run in the top of the third but were once again countered by the Beacons in the bottom half of the same inning. UMB would make it a seven-run ball game after scoring a run on a wild pitch, while Lopez knocked in a pair on a single to right center.
After Fashempour left the game in the sixth, Chapman managed to plate one run in the sixth and another in the seventh to make it 9-4. UMB scored a crucial insurance run in the eighth thanks to an RBI single by Riley to make it 10-4.
Despite the six-run deficit, Chapman would not go away quietly in the ninth. They cut the Beacons lead to four before Tramondozzi came in to seal the win with two outs on the scoreboard.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, the Beacons are now 2-0 for the first time in program history at the CWS
- Riley and Nick Cotraro (Beverly, Mass.) became the second and third players ever to record three hits in a CWS game behind All-American Ryan Walsh
- Fashempour became the first freshman to record a CWS win
- Tramondozzi tied the national lead for saves in a season with 13
- Saturday's contest marked the first-ever meeting between the Beacons and Chapman
- All-time UMass Boston is now 3-4 all-time at the College World Series and 21-9 in NCAA Tournament play
- With their three doubles the Beacons broke the program record for team doubles in a season with their 119th; The original record of 118 was set by the 2010 CWS team
- The Beacons 11 combined hits is second most by a UMB team at the CWS; In their CWS debut in 2010 the Beacons recorded 12 hits against UW-Stevens Point
- Their 10 runs mark the most ever scored by UMB at the CWS and the first-time in program history that the Beacons scored double-digit runs in the CWS
- UMass Boston became the first team from the New England region to go 2-0 in a CWS since Eastern Connecticut State University in 2004
- Riley became the first Beacon to record multiple doubles in a single CWS game, while Lopez became the first Beacon to record three RBI
- Herzog is now tied for second for RBI in a single season
The Beacons will now face the winner of the Washington & Jefferson/Chapman University elimination game tomorrow at 5:30 pm EST. With one win the Beacons will advance to their first-ever national championship series.