Teams: Baseball: Schedule & Results
UMASS BOSTON DEFEATS TUFTS 12-6 TO WIN FIRST NCAA NEW ENGLAND
COLLEGE BASEBALL FINAL SCORE
NCAA Championship Regional Game 14
UMass Boston 12, Tufts 6
At Willimantic, CT
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Game Box Score
|Junior Ben Walkley scored two runs for the
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The University of Massachusetts Boston, the
seventh seed in this week's NCAA Division III Baseball Championship
New England Regional hosted by Eastern Connecticut State University,
completed its undefeated run through the tournament with a 12-6
victory over top seed Tufts University in the final on Saturday
afternoon to win their first regional championship.
Making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, UMass Boston
(32-15) advances to the NCAA Division III College World Series to be
held in Appleton, Wisconsin beginning on Friday (May 28). Tufts, the
regional runner-up, finished its school-record season with a 34-7
Trailing 6-3, UMass Boston scored five runs in the bottom of the
fifth to take an 8-6 lead, highlighted by a two-run home run from
catcher Tim Fontaine. Ryan Walsh also had a single scoring leadoff
man Drew Tambling, who was hit by a pitch, stole second, and
advanced to third on an error. A double steal by Walsh and Mark
McCormack led to another Beacon run on a Tufts error. After
Fontaine's shot to left, UMB manufactured another run with
Reinfurt's single, a walk, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly by
Jose Ramon Santos.
The Beacons added an insurance run after two were out in the
seventh to lead 9-6. Connor Reinfurt was hit by a pitch to lead off
the inning. With one out he took second on a wild pitch. After
remaining at second on a ground out, he scored on a single to right
by Santos, who recorded his third RBI of the game.
Smelling the championship, UMB tacked on three more runs in the
bottom of the eighth to take a 12-6 advantage. Jeff Outzen's two-run
double was the highlight, while Mike Mattei also singled home a run.
Fontaine finished 3 for 5 with three rbi and two runs scored for
the regional champs. Reinfurt, who had two hits, scored four runs,
while Walsh, Mattei, and Santos also had two hits for the Beacons.
Tim Cole was magnificent in relief for UMB, throwing four no-hit
innings after Tufts had taken an early lead off starter Andrew
LeBrun. Daniel Heefner recorded his third save with two hitless
innings. In all, Cole and Heefner held the Jumbos hitless from the
fifth through ninth innings.
Showing no signs of fatigue after finishing a 6-5 win in 11
innings over St. Joseph's an hour earlier, the Jumbos jumped out to
a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After UMass Boston
starter LeBrun issued two walks and hit a batter, junior RF Chase
Rose (Scottsdale, AZ) drove home the game's first run with a
sacrifice fly to right. Senior Nate Bankoff (Lynnfield, MA),
who had four RBI in the St. Joseph's game when Tufts staved off
elimination, singled to center to put Tufts up 2-0. Two more runs
came home on a UMass Boston error.
The Beacons cut the gap in half by scoring twice in the bottom of
the first. With one out, Walsh and McCormack hit back-to-back
singles. A single by Fontaine and a sacrifice fly by Reinfurt plated
the runs and it was 4-2.
Bankoff and Rose both continued their production in the early
innings. Bankoff had an RBI single in the second, scoring junior DH
Ben Walkley (Trumbull, CT) who had walked. With one on and
two out, Rose had kept that inning going with a single. In the
fourth, after sophomore 3B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) was hit
by a pitch, Rose doubled down the left-field line to score him and
make it 6-2. The Jumbos had a great opportunity to add to their lead
in the fourth with runners on second and third with one out, but
Cole pitched out of it.
After Gilchrist settled down and pitched 1-2-3 innings in the
second and third, the Beacons added a third run in the fourth.
Reinfurt walked, moved to second on a single up the middle by Mattei,
and scored on a single down the left field line by Santos.
Bankoff and Rose both had two hits for Tufts, while Walkley and
Sager both scored twice.
With clutch hitting and sensational relief pitching, UMass Boston
controlled the later innings and went on to their first NCAA