UMass Boston runs away with early lead to defeat Brockport.
By: Zach Harnischfeger
BROCKPORT, N.Y.--- The Golden Eagles went up against the UMass Boston Beacons on Sunday night looking to win their fifth game in a row. The Beacons jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they defeated Brockport 10-5.
After a double by outfielder Chris Ducko, infielder Drew Metzdof got the scoring started for the Beacons after he singled to right field, which scored Ducko from second. Outfielder Nick Palma got an RBI single that just snuck by the glove of Brockport second basemen James Houlahan, to make it a 2-0 game. Infielder Gianni Zarrilli Jr notched a two-run triple to right field and just like that the Beacons jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning.
The Beacons would add another run after Aidan Blake doubled to right field. Senior pitcher Dillion Ryan held the Golden Eagles hitless through three innings.
In the bottom of the fourth inning the Golden Eagles had the bases loaded with nobody out but were only able to muster one run from a double play off the bat of first basemen Patrick Bigham. In the top of the fifth inning, Chris Ducko scored on a passed ball to make it a 6-1 game.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Golden Eagles made things interesting. After a two-out triple by outfielder Nicholas Pastore, and a walk by Bigham, designated hitter Zach Eldred hit an RBI single up the middle to give Brockport their second run of the game. Later in the inning, Bigham scored on an error by Beacons third basemen Drew Metzdof to cut the lead in half. The Golden Eagles got their fourth run after outfielder Frankie Vanzillotta was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
In the top of the seventh inning the Beacons would add to their lead after Palm singled and drove in Metzdoff and Blake. In the top of the eighth inning, Outfielder Breon Parker recorded his second hit of the game, a two-run single up the middle to make it a 10-4 Beacons lead.
In the bottom of the ninth inning Brockport catcher Dave Belsito notched an RBI single to make it a 10-5 game. This would be the final score of the game.
The Golden Eagles drop to 4-4 on the season and will look to get back in the win column when they take on the Wheaton College Lyons on Monday morning at 10:30.