Gorham, Maine--Junior center fielder Josh Silva (Seekonk, MA) went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the No. 3-seeded Rhode Island College baseball team fell to No. 2-seeded UMass Boston, 6-3, in game six of the 2019 Little East Conference Championship played at Southern Maine's Ed Flaherty Field on Thursday evening.
UMass Boston 6, Rhode Island College 3
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC junior second baseman Nate Vigeant (Coventry, RI) was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the setback.
• UMass Boston senior third baseman Eddie Riley (Quincy, MA) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIm while senior second baseman Josh Lopez (New Haven, CT) went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.
• RIC freshman starter Connor Davey (Cheshire, CT) took the loss (5-2), allowing six runs on seven hits to go along with four strikeouts in 8.1 innings of work.
• Senior Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, MA) picked up the win (6-0) for UMass Boston, giving up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.
• RIC struck first when an RBI single from senior first baseman Tyler Walsh (Cumberland, RI) staked the Anchormen to the, 1-0, advantage.
• UMass Boston answered in the top of the second when a solo home run from Riley knotted the game at, 1-1.
• An RBI single from senior designated hitter Kyle Boudrais (Medford, MA) in the third and an RBI single from Lopez in the top of the fifth extended the Beacons advantage to a pair of runs, 3-1.
• RIC chipped away in the bottom of the fifth when a sacrifice fly from Vigeant made the score, 3-2.
• Junior first baseman Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, RI) drew a bases loaded walk in the top of the eighth to give UMass Boston a 4-2 lead and Lopez and Riley each had RBI singles in the top of the ninth to extend the Beacons advantage to four, 6-2.
• An RBI single from RIC junior pinch hitter Nate Donovan (Lincoln, RI) in the bottom of the ninth cut the UMB lead down to three, 6-3. The Anchormen then sent the game-tying run to the plate, but couldn't convert, as UMB held on for the 6-3 victory.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will take on No. 1-seeded and tourney host Southern Maine on Saturday, May 11 (Noon).