NCAA REGIONAL: #1 UMass Boston Defeats #2 Wheaton To Sweep Through UMass Boston Regional

NCAA REGIONAL: #1 UMass Boston Defeats #2 Wheaton To Sweep Through UMass Boston Regional

BOSTON, Mass. - Top-seeded UMass Boston held off a late charge from second-seeded Wheaton College to go undefeated in the UMass Boston Regional and earn the title of UMass Boston Regional Champions.

On the mound, UMass Boston used three pitchers to hold off a Lyons offense that awakened on Saturday night. 

Freshman Dylan Fashempour earned the victory by limiting Wheaton to three hits, three earned runs and two walks over six innings. The righty tacked on three strikeouts.

Sophomore Mike Doherty came on to start the seventh and got two outs, before being pulled with two runners on. Senior Bobby Tramondozzi came on to get the final out and then worked through two jams in the eighth and ninth to secure a seven out-save. The top closer in program history struck out three and scattered three hits, one walk and one earned run.

Wheaton senior lefty Joe Bongiovanni took the loss after allowing four earned runs over 3+ innings. Andrew Manni, Dominic Cunha, and Gavin Reily combined to limited the Beacons to three hits and two earned runs over the final five frames.

Junior Nick Raposo paced the Lyons offense with two hits, one run, and two RBI. Raposo and Jared Sharkey each hit solo home runs, while Conor Gammond finished 2-5 with a run scored.

Saturday's game was a marathon due to a 96-minute, rain delay in the top of the third inning. Neither team was able to get anything going in the first two innings and the heavy rain came in the top of the third, with a runner on first and one out 

After taking the rubber once again, Fashempour gave up a walk to put two runners on but got out of the jam with an inning-ending 6-3 double play.

UMass Boston jumped all over Bongiovanni in the bottom of the inning. Ryan McCormick opened the frame with a sharply hit single to give the Beacons their first baserunner of the contest. Huegi moved McCormick to third with a wall-ball double and Herzog followed with an RBI single through the left side. On the next play, Lopez bunted down the right side on a safety squeeze to drive in Huegi and then he reached when the ball hit off the foot of the Lyons first baseman and went into foul territory. The play came back to cost the Lyons, as Boudrias ripped a double into right-center that went off the end of Gammond's glove and fell, to score both runners.

Raposo got one of the runs back in the top of the fourth when he blasted a home run over the "mini monster" to lead off the inning.

UMass Boston pushed their advantage back to four in the fifth. Herzog doubled to lead off the fifth, took third on a wild pitch and raced home on Lopez' sac fly.

Wheaton roared back with two runs in the sixth. After a leadoff walk to Brody Ashley, Raposo cut the deficit to 5-2 with a one-out sacrifice fly. Sharked followed with his 12th homer of the season to bring the Lyons back within two.

The Beacons had a chance to grab the momentum back in the sixth but couldn't come through. With two on and no outs, Cunha induced a pop up on the infield and then the Beacons failed to execute on a safety squeeze to give the Lyons a second out. Cunha walked the batter to put runners at the corners, but he was able to retire Huegi on a fly out.

Wheaton put the pressure on the Beacons in each of the final three innings, as they brought the go-ahead run to the plate in each of the final three frames.

In the seventh, Wheaton worked a walk and a single to put two runners on with two outs, before Tramondozzi struck out Ashley to end the frame 

UMass Boston grabbed a key insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. Herzog singled to open the inning, moved to second on a sac bunt and then with two outs, stole third and raced home after the throw was dropped by the third baseman 

Wheaton came right back and cut the deficit back to two with a single run in the eighth. Gammond opened the inning with a double and moved to third on a pop up to shallow right, that dropped in for a double off the bat of Raposo. After a walk to Sharkey loaded the bases, Bryant Salkind drove in a run with a ground ball to second. Tramondozzi struck out the next batter and induced a long fly out to center to keep the score at 6-4.

The Lyons mounted one final rally in the ninth. Willy Boyd was hit by a pitch to lead off and Ashley hit the ball to the warning track in left, only to have freshman Danny Collazo make a great tumbling catch. Gammond singled with two down to bring Raposo up for the final time, but Raposo grounded back to short and after not getting to the bag in time, Huegi fired across to first base for the final out.

For Wheaton Paul Prue, Sharkey, and Salkind were named to the All-Tournament team. 

*courtesy of UMass.-Boston Athletics