The baseball team dropped an 8-6 decision against UMass Boston in a non-conference contest at Pierce Field on Wednesday afternoon.
UMass Boston got on the board first when a two run double by freshman Collin Keefer (Charlotte, N.C.) and an RBI single by freshman Jack DeBiase (Prospect, Conn.) put the Beacons up 3-0 in the top of the second. Johnson & Wales pushed across a run in the bottom of the third when senior Matt Newsome (Providence, R.I.) scored on a sacrifice fly by junior James Reyes (Providence, R.I.) to make the score 3-1. The visiting Beacons broke the game open in the top of the fourth when they tallied five unearned runs to take the 8-1 advantage. Johnson & Wales chipped away at the lead and made the score 8-4 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, including a two run single by sophomore Jack Hocking (Hanover, Mass.). In the bottom of the seventh, Reyes was hit by a pitch and came around to score on an RBI groundout by Hocking, making the score 8-5. The Wildcats continued their comeback in the bottom of the eighth when junior Tyler Newell (Westerly, R.I.) scored on an RBI single by sophomore Jake Dickerson (Garnet Valley, Pa.) to make it 8-6. That would be as close as the Wildcats would get, however as UMass Boston held on for the 8-6 victory.
Freshman Domenic Morbidelli (Oakland, Calif.) went 4-for-5 with a run and two RBI for UMass Boston while sophomore Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) went 3-for-3 with a run and two RBI in the win for the Beacons. Hocking went 1-for-5 with three RBI for Johnson & Wales while sophomore Tyler Pacheco (East Hampstead, N.H.) had a pair of hits in the setback for the Wildcats.
Senior Alex MacKay (Sanford, Maine) suffered the loss for Johnson & Wales, allowing eight runs, three of them earned, on eight hits in four innings of work. Michael Boughton (New Britain, Conn.) picked up the win for UMass Boston, allowing four runs on six hits in five innings for the Beacons.
With the loss JWU falls to 6-7 while UMass Boston improves to 6-4 on the season. The Wildcats will return to action on Thursday, March 22nd when they host Framingham State in a non-conference contest at Pierce Field, starting at 3:30 p.m.