DANBURY, Conn.- Sophomore southpaw James Dalton (Apopka, Fla.) hurled a complete game four-hitter and junior first baseman Connor Reinfurt (Manchester, N.H.) collected three hits in each game, including a double and a home run to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston baseball team to a Little East Conference doubleheader sweep over host Western Connecticut State University, 9-0, 15-11, today in Danbury. The Beacons win their third straight to improve to 12-9 overall, including 2-2 in LEC play. Head Coach Brendan Eygabroat became the first UMass Boston skipper to reach 100 career victories with the game one triumph. The Colonials fall to 8-10 and 2-3.
The Beacons chased Billy Armstrong (Moodus, Conn.) in the opener by scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two innings. After a single run in the fourth, the visitors scored three more runs against the crafty lefty in the top of the seventh inning.
Armstrong falls to 3-1 on the season after allowing eight runs, seven of the earned and 10 hits. He struggled with control, walking five on the day and striking out four.
Meanwhile Dalton was hurling a gem. He went the distance, allowing four harmless singles and striking out eight. He is now 3-1 on the hill and is the first pitcher to record two shutouts in a season for UMass Boston since Nick Conway (2005-08) did it in 2006.
The Beacons had 12 hits in the opener including Reinfurt's 3-for-5 and freshman shortstop Matt Consiglio's (Southbury, Conn.) 3-for-4 efforts. Reinfurt and junior second baseman Ryan Walsh (Newton, Mass.) belted a home run for the winners. Reinfurt's was the 10th of his career to tie for fifth on the UMass Boston career list, while Walsh's eight lifetime jacks puts him seventh.
In the nightcap, WestConn came back from an 8-1 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. It drew a run closer, but trailed, 8-7, with a single run in the the sixth.
Chris Alberto (Trumbull, Conn.) led the Colonials' offense going 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles and three runs batted in game two.
Senior left fielder Drew Tambling went 4-for-7 with three stolen bases to give him 36 thefts for his career to move into sixth on the Beacons' all-time list. Walsh, Reinfurt and junior designated hitter Dan Noonan (Westport, MA) each had a trio of hits in the Beacons' 18-hit barrage.
Senior starter Danny Gomez (East Boston, Mass.) just missed earning the victory for UMass Boston after going four and two-thirds innings. Senior lefty Andrew LeBun (Stoneham, Mass.) picked up the win with an inning of relief, including a big strikeout to end Western Connecticut State's fifth inning rally, and is now 2-1 on the year. Junior reliever Tony Damon (San Bruno, Calif.) his first collegiate save.
Josh Murray (Norwich, Conn.) suffered the loss and falls to 0-1 on the year.
WestConn hosts Eastern Connecticut tomorrow at Westside Field. First pitch is 1:00 p.m., while the Beacons return to action on Tuesday, April 13 when they travel to take on Suffolk University at Adams Field in Quincy, Mass. at 3:30 p.m.