College Baseball Beanpot Live Blog: UMass Advances to Championship Game Against Harvard Next Week

Final, UMass 4-1: UMass will face Harvard in the Championship Game next week on Wednesday, April 18.

A strong performance from Conor LeBlanc with 7 2/3 innings on one-run ball.

Nik Campero hit his first career home run in the game and drove in two to lead the Minutemen.

End 8th, UMass 4-1: Sam Berg was able to keep UMass off the scoreboard.

After striking out Rob McLam looking, Anthony Serino reached on a hit and made it to third on a wild pitch.

Berg struck out Tom Conley looking and Adam Picard flew out to center to end the inning.

Mid 8th, UMass 4-1: Conor LeBlanc put together a great outing. He went 7 2/3 innings and allowed three hits and struck out one.

After a leadoff single for Pete Castoldi, Connor Lyons grounded into the 6-4-3 double play.

LeBlanc was pulled after walking Aaron Barbosa. Ryan Lubreski got John Puttress to flyout to center on two pitches to end the inning.

End 7th, UMass 4-1: Another solid inning for Matt Cook.

Nick Sanford flew out to right to start the inning. Rich Graef strikes out for the second out. Ryan Cusick grounded up the middle, where the pitcher touched it, and the shortstop threw him out at first.

Mid 7th, Umass 4-1: Conor LeBlanc retired the side in order in the seventh.

Jason Vosler hit a fly ball to right for an out. Oliver Hart and Tucker Roeder grounded out to second and third, respectively.

End 6th, Umass 4-1: UMass tacks on another run with a one-out single from Adam Picard with runners on first and third.

Rob McLam flew out to center to start the inning. Matt Cook then walked Anthony Serino and Tom Conley. While Conley was at the plate, Serino stole second and reached third on a wild pitch.

After the hit, Cook settled down to strike out Nik Campero and get Dylan Begin to hit a griundball to short.

Mid 6th, UMass 3-1: Conor LeBlanc worked around a walk and a hit batter to avoid a big inning.

Connor Lyons lined out to second to start the inning. Aaron Barbosa walked and then John Puttress flew out to left.

After hitting Matt Miller, LeBlanc got Jon Leroux to pop out to second.

End 5th, UMass 3-1: Matt Cook settled down this half inning.

He forced Nick Sanford and Rich Graef to ground out to short. Ryan Cusick grounded to third to end the inning.

Mid 5th, UMass 3-1: An easy 1-2-3 inning for Conor LeBlanc. Oviler Hart grounded to second for the first out. Then, Tucker Roeder popped out to first and Pete Castoldi flew out to center.

End 4th, UMass 3-1: Nik Campero hit a two-run shot over the right field fence.

Anthony Serino grounded out to short to start the inning. Tom Conley walked and stole second.

After Adam Picard flew out to right, Campero hit his home run. Dylan Begin hit a groundball to the shortstop to end the inning.

The homer was the second of the season for the Minutemen.

Mid 4th, 1-1: 1-2-3 go the Huskies in the top of the fourth.

Matt Miller grounded out to first. Jon Leroux then lined out to third. Jason Vosler strikes out to end the inning.

End 3rd, 1-1: A quick 1-2-3 inning for Matt Cook. Rich Graef stuck out to lead off the inning. Then Ryan Cusick grounded out to third and Rob McLam lined out to second.

Mid 3rd, 1-1: Conor LeBlanc got out of a jam in the top of the third.

With runners on first and second, Aaron Barbosa flew out to left and then John Puttress grounded into the 1-6-3 double play.

End 2nd, 1-1: Dylan Begin grounded into a fielder's choice with runners at first and third to tie the game 1-1.

Tom Conley walked to start the inning. Then, Adam Picard hit a single to right field. WIth the runners on first and second, Nik Campero struck out looking. During his at-bat, Conley reached third on an error by the shortstop with a missed tag on a stolen base attempt.

Nick Sanford hit a ground ball to second to end the inning.

Mid 2nd, Northeastern 1-0: The Huskies get on the board first thanks to an RBI double from Jason Vosler.

After a leadoff walk to Jon Leroux, Vosler ripped a ball down the right-field line to score Leroux from first.

After Oliver Hart grounded out to short, Vosler was caught stealing third. Tucker Roeder struck out swinging to end the inning.

End 1st, 0-0: A 1-2-3 inning for Matt Cook in the bottom half of the inning.

After getting Ryan Cusick to fly out to right, he walked Rob McLam, who got caught stealing second.

Anthony Serino grounded to the shortstop to end the inning.

Mid 1st, 0-0: A solid start for Conor LeBlanc.

LeBlanc retired the Northeastern hitters in order in the top of the first. Aaron Barbosa  popped out to short and John Puttress popped out to right field where the second baseman made the grab in foul ground. Matt Miller ended the inning with a ground out to the second baseman.

6:10 p.m. ET: The Huskies are on a seven-game losing streak, and they look to end UMass's three-game winning streak with their powerful lineup.They have totaled 69 extra-base hits in their 26 games.

Rob Fonseca is on the bench to start, even though he is tied with the team lead with five home runs.

Jason Volser will need to do everything he can for Northeastern in today's second game at LeLacheur Park.

First pitch is set for 6:15 p.m. ET.

6:00 p.m. ET: Here are the lineups for Notheastern vs. UMass in Game 2 of today's Beanpot action.


Aaron Barbosa, RF
John Puttress, DH
Matt Miller, LF
Jon Leroux, C
Jason Vosler, 2B
Oliver Hart, SS
Tucker Roeder, 1B
Pete Castoldi, 3B
Connor Lyons, CF

Matt Cook, P


Ryan Cusick, 2B
Rob McLam, DH
Anthony Serino, CF
Tom Conley, C
Adam Picard, RF
Nik Campero, 3B
Dylan Begin, 1B
Nick Sanford, SS
Rich Graef, LF

Conor LeBlanc, P

Final Game 1, Harvard 5-2: BC rallied in the ninth and had the bases loaded with one out, but both Tom Bourdon and Blake Butera struck out looking to end the game.

Eric Stone (0-1) gets the loss. Matt Timoney (1-0) earns the win. Zach Olson closes the game for the save.

Spenser Payne popped out to short to start the inning, but Matt Pare walked and Andrew Lawrence and pinch hitter Marc Perdios got back-to-back singles to load the bases.

Andrew Ferreira struck out Bourdon and Olson strikes out Butera to end the game.

Butera's 13-game hitting streak comes to and end, as well as Rob Moir's 11-game hit streak.

Mid 9th, Harvard 5-2: Another two-out hit makes it 5-2 for the Crimson.

Ethan Ferreira grounded out to third to start the inning. Jake McGuiggan hit a shot to third and made it safely to first for the single.

After Geoffrey Murphy retired Mike Martin on a fly out to right field in foul ground, McGuiggan stole second and, on the very nexy pitch, Kyle Larrow drove him in on a RBI single.

Larrow was then picked off at first to end the inning. Now on to the bottom of the ninth!

End 8th, Harvard 4-2: Matt Timoney is done after 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball.

After getting Blake Butera to ground out to first, Matt McGovern got a base hit that ended the great start for Timony.

Matt Doyle got the final two outs of the inning. Anthony Melchiando flies out to right and Rob Moir grounded out to second to end the inning

Mid 8th, Harvard 4-2: Another leadoff double wasted for Harvard.

Nick Saathoff hit a double on a 1-1 fastball that almost went out of the ballpark in right.

Carlton Bailey ran for him and advanced to third on a wild pitch after Jeff Reynolds flew out to center.

Jack Colton struck out looking and Steve Dill flew out to right to end the inning.

End 7th, Harvard 4-2: A solid performance from Matt Timoney. He has thrown 94 pitches and retired all three batters he faced in the seventh.

Andrew Lawrence popped out to third in foul territory. John Hennessy grounded up the middle to short. Tom Bourdon ended the inning with a well-placed bunt, but Timony threw him out at first.

Mid 7th, Harvard 4-2: A solid inning of work from Kyle Prohovich. He retired all three batters he faced.

First, Mike Martin strikes out looking. Then, he forced Kyle Larrow and Jon Smart to ground out to second and short, respectively.

End 6th, Harvard 4-2: Anthony Melchiando led off with a single, but some bad baserunning allowed a popout to short to turn into a double play, as Melchiando was thrown out at first.

Spenser Payne worked a nine-pitch walk, but Matt Pare struck out swinging to end the inning.

Mid 6th, Harvard 4-2: A two-out RBI single for Ethan Ferreira gives Harvard the 4-2 lead in the sixth.

Nick Saathoof hit a single to begin the inning.

After a flyout to center and strikeout for Jake Colton, Steve Dill walked and Ferreira lined a single to right. The catcher could not handle the throw from the right fielder, which allowed Saathoof to score.

Jake McGuiggan was retired for the first time today on a flyball to right. He is now 3-4.

End 5th, Harvard 3-2: Tom Bourdon hit a rocket off the right field wall with one out to score Andrew Lawrence. The RBI double cut the lead to 3-2.

Lawrence led off the inning with a single and then stole second with Bourdon batting, after John Hennessy struck out.

Blake Butera and and Matt McGovern flew out to right and center, respectively, that left Bourdon at third.

Mid 5th, Harvard 3-1: A leadoff double for Jake McGuiggan was not put to good use for Harvard.

Mike Matin lined out to the shortstop for the first out of the inning.

Kyle Larrow hit a single to shallow left and McGuiggan could not score. Jon Smart then grounded into the 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

End 4th, Harvard 3-1: The BC hitters went down 1-2-3.

Rob Moir grounded out to second. Spenser Payne flew out to left. Matt Pare popped out in foul ground to the first baseman.

Mid 4th, Harvard 3-1: Jeff Reynolds reached on an error by the second baseman Blake Butera, but John Gorman settled down to retire the next three Harvard hitters.

Jack Colton moved the runner to second with a sacrifice bunt, Steve Dill flew out to right and Ethan Ferreira struck out looking to end the inning.

End 3rd, Harvard 3-1: An error from Ethan Ferreira allowed John Hennessy to score from first for the only run of the game so far for BC.

After Andrew Lawrence ground out to second, Hennessy and Tom Bourdon hit consecutive singles, but Ferreira butchered the single to right that allowed Hennessy to score from first.

With Bourdon on third, Blake Butera failed a safety squeeze. After a full count walk to Matt McGovern, Anthony Melchiando lined out to center to end the rally.

Mid 3rd, Harvard 3-0: An error cost the Eagles in the inning.

Jake McGuiggan continued his hot streak as he led off the inning with a single. He is now 2-for-2 on the afternoon. Mike Martin reached on an errant throw from the pitcher after laying a sacrifice bunt down and runners were safe on first and second with nobody out.

Kyle Larrow got the runners to second and third with a successful sacrifice to first. Jon Smart drove in the lone run in the inning with a sacrifice fly to right.

Nick Saathoff took a called third strike to end the inning.

End 2nd, Harvard 2-0: Rob Moir flew out for the first out of the inning, but Anthony Melchiado took off early from first and was called out for the double play. Melchiado led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch.

Spenser Payne then hit a double to right before Matt Pare flew out to left for the final out to end the inning.

Mid 2nd, Harvard 2-0: Another scoring chance for Harvard, but Ethan Ferreira struck out with the bases loaded to end the top half of the second.

Jon Smart flew out to right to leadoff the inning. After back-to-back singles from Nick Saathoff and Jeff Reynolds, Jack Colton grounded into a fielder's choice to shortstop as Saathoff was thrown out at third.

Steve Dill was then hit by a pitch before Ferreira struck out.

End 1st, Harvard 2-0: Tom Bourdon leads off the bottom of the inning with a single to right.

Blake Butera flew out to center. And then Bourdon was caught stealing second base by a few feet. Matt McGovern struck out swinging on three pitches to end the inning.

Mid 1st, Harvard 2-0: Jake McGuiggan drove in two runs on a single to left with two outs in the first inning.

After a leadoff infield single for Jeff Reynolds, Jack Colton got aboard with a hard hit single to left field.

Ethan Ferreira lined out to third and Steve Dill was caught off the first-base bag for the first two outs of the game.

Mike Martin hit a single that the third baseman could not handle. Kyle Larrow grounded out to second to end the inning.

2:15 p.m. ET: The lineups have finally been announced.


Jeff Reynolds 2B
Jack Colton LF
Steve Dill 1B
Ethan Ferreira RF
Jake McGuiggan SS
Mike Martin CF
Kyle Larrow 3B
Jon Smart C
Nick Saathoff DH

Matt Timoney P

Boston College

Tom Bourdon CF
Blake Butera 2B
Matt McGovern RF
Anthony Melchionda SS
Rob Moir DH
Spenser Payne 1B
Matt Pare C
Andrew Lawrence LF
John Hennessy 3B

Eric Stowe P

1 p.m. ET: The Boston College Eagles (13-19, 4-11 ACC) will look to defeat a Harvard Crimson (5-22, 2-6 IVY) team that won 5-3 against them back on Wednesday, April 4. Jacob Kremers (1-1) got the win with two shutout innings of work. Both teams are on losing streaks — four for BC and three for Harvard — and one team needs the win for the push in the right direction.

Harvard broke out their bats in the bottom of the third inning with three runs on two hits last Wednesday. Steve Green (0-4) walked the first two batters in the inning before the Crimson scored their three runs on a groundout and a base hit from Steven Dill.

In this matchup, look for Anthony Melchionda and Tom Bourdon to get the big hits for BC. They have combined for 10 home runs and 41 RBIs. Harvard has no batter who has more than two homers, so expect to see a lot of small ball with the Crimson throughout the game.

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