BOSTON, Mass. - #22 UMass.-Boston (6-4) rallied from a 7-0 deficit to hand Saint Joseph's College (11-1) their first loss of the season, 9-8, in a non-conference baseball contest on Wednesday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Monks jumped out to an early lead as senior catcher Greg Emanuelson (Hudson, N.H.) launched a two-run homer over the left field wall in the first inning and sophomore center fielder Hunter Richardson (Monmouth, Maine) belted a three-run shot as part of a four-run second inning to make it a 6-0 game. St. Joe's tacked on another run in the third, when Emanuelson doubled and promptly scored when junior designated hitter Drew Healey (Rochester, N.H.) singled through the right side.
The 7-0 cushion remained until the bottom of the fifth when the Beacons plated three runs on two hits and an SJC error. The hosts tied the game in the sixth when senior first baseman Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) notched a two-out, two-run single.
The Monks momentarily regained the lead in the top of the seventh, when senior shortstop Joey Murphy (Derry, N.H.) led off with a double and later scored on an infield error.
The 8-7 edge did not last long however, as junior second baseman Ryan Collins (Peabody, Mass.) hit a sac fly to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh and senior third baseman Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) scored on a Nick Palma (Peabody, Mass.) sac fly in the eighth for what proved to be the game-winning run.
ON THE MOUND:
SJC sophomore reliever Jonathan Marchia (Chicopee, Mass.) took the loss and falls to 2-1 on the season after allowing two runs off four hits with four K's over two innings of work. For Marchia, the run allowed in the sixth brings a 30.2 scoreless inning streak to a close. Prior to this afternoon, the sophomore reliever had not yielded a run since his first collegiate outing, which was versus King's College on March 4th, 2018.
UMass.-Boston sophomore reliever Mike Doherty (Brewster, Mass.) picked up the win after striking out a pair in 1.1 innings of relief and senior closer Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) earned his third save of the season after striking out three batters in the top of the ninth.
OFF THE BAT:
- Emanuelson was 2-3 with two runs, a double, a homer, and two RBI
- Richardson was 1-4 with two runs, a homer, three RBI and a stolen base
- Healey went 2-4 with an RBI
- For the Beacons, Boudrias and junior Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) had three hits apiece
With the loss Saint Joseph's falls to 4-7 all-time versus UMass.-Boston and has now dropped six-consecutive games to the Beacons.
The Monks return to Florida this weekend for four games, with doubleheaders versus Franklin (10:00 AM) and Hamilton (9:30 AM) on Sunday and Monday, respectively.