GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) rapped out four hits and drove in a pair of runs, as second-seeded UMass Boston captured its third straight Little East Conference baseball tournament title with an 8-2 victory over fifth-seeded UMass Dartmouth in the 2019 league championship game played Sunday afternoon at Southern Maine’s Ed Flaherty Field.
The Beacons, who improve to 30-11 overall, earn the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championships that begin next weekend, while the Corsairs complete the season at 19-21 overall in advancing to their second Little East title game in three years.
UMass Boston jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the top of the third on an RBI triple by Boudrias and a sacrifice fly off the bat of fellow senior Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.), and the Beacons extended their lead to 3-0 in the fifth on tournament Most Outstanding Player Danny Brown’s (Hudson, N.H.) sacrifice fly. UMass Dartmouth sliced that margin to one in the bottom of that frame on sacrifice flies from junior Tucker Hetherman (Webster, Mass.) and senior Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.), but UMass Boston responded with three more tallies in the seventh on Brown’s two-run double that was followed by an RBI single off the bat of freshman Nico Kydes (Stamford, Conn.) to grab a 6-2 edge. Boudrias rapped out an RBI triple and scored on Riley’s double in the eighth to account for the final margin and seal the Beacons’ triumph.
Kydes joined Riley with two hits as part of an 11-hit attack for UMass Boston, as sophomore Tylor Arruda (New Bedford, Mass.) allowed a pair of unearned runs and struck out five to pick up his seventh win in eight decisions on the spring for the Beacons. Junior Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) collected three of the Corsairs’ seven hits in the setback, as senior Ryan Britton (Milford, N.H.) allowed five hits and fanned six over the first 4 1/3 frames to fall to 0-2 for UMass Dartmouth.
(Photo Credit: Seth Orensky, UMass Boston Athletic Communications)