Baseball Falls To Northeastern 6-3 In Beanpot Championship
April 29, 2013
BOSTON, Mass. - The UMass baseball team held an early lead, but a four-run fourth helped carry Northeastern to a 6-3 victory in the Beanpot Championship game on Monday evening at Fenway Park. Following the setback, the Minutemen fall to 10-25 on the season, while the Huskies improve to 24-17 and earn their sixth Beanpot title.
UMass opened the scoring in the top of the second. Junior Dylan Begin led off the frame with a double to center, advanced to third on a single up the middle by junior Kellen Pagel and came in on a sacrifice fly by freshman John Jennings.
The following inning, the Minutemen pushed their advantage to 2-0. Junior Rob McLam started things off with a single to left and advanced to second on an error. After redshirt sophomore Adam Picard was hit by a pitch, Begin drove in McLam with his second double in as many at bats.
However, Northeastern scored four runs on three hits in the bottom of the fourth to pull in front, 4-2. Rob Fonseca led off with a homer to left, while a walk to Mike Foster and a one-out single by John Puttress set up an RBI single to left by Pete Castoldi. Sean Lyons brought in Puttress with a sacrifice fly and Castoldi came in on a wild pitch for the Huskies' fourth run.
Northeastern increased the margin to three in the bottom of the sixth as Foster drew a leadoff walk, stole two bases and scored on an RBI groundout by Castoldi.
The Minutemen took one of the runs back in the top of the eighth. McLam led off with a single to right, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single up the middle by junior Nik Campero.
The Huskies promptly regained the three-run cushion in the bottom half of the frame. Connor Lyons plated Fonseca with a fielder's choice ground ball.
Junior Aaron Plunkett went 5.1 innings in his start and took the loss (0-4) as he allowed five runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Matt Cook earned the win (2-0) in relief for the Huskies. He tossed four scoreless innings and let up two hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Michael Foster recorded his first save of the year, relieving Cook and pitching the final two innings of the game. Foster struck out five batters and allowed three hits and one run.
Begin provided two of UMass' 10 hits, going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. McLam was 3-for-4 on the evening and scored twice.
UMass will return to action with a game at Quinnipiac on Wednesday, May 1, at 3 p.m.