UMass Boston Baseball Wins Second-Ever Regional Championship
After trading the lead multiple times, UMass Boston's baseball team beat the Babson College Beavers 11-8 Sunday to win the NCAA Division III Baseball New England Regional Championship. The Beacons now advance to the College World Series, which begins this Friday in Appleton, Wisconsin.
The Beacons were a perfect 4-0 in the regional tournament. Sophomore Nick Herzog of Riverhead, New York, was the tournament’s MVP. Herzog hit a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning of Thursday’s game against Penn State Berks, leading UMass Boston to a 9-8 victory. In Friday’s game, also against Babson College, Herzog had a key catch that prevented the Beavers from coming back. Herzog said Babson came out punching in Sunday’s matchup.
“We just landed the last punch and [pitcher Brian] Kaufman just closed it out for us. That was huge,” Herzog said.
This is the second regional championship for the Beacons and Head Coach Brendan Eygabroat. Their last regional title was in 2010.
“Resilience is really kind of the word that comes to mind. We’ve been a team that’s had a ton of walk-offs this year, a ton of come-from-behind wins. They never quit, and they believe in themselves. And I think that’s the key to having a successful year,” Eygrabroat said.
UMass Boston’s first opponent in the College World Series is No. 7 North Central (29-16). The Beacons (37-10) are the No. 2 seed.
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