UML’s Devenney (3 HRs) Delivers
LOWELL -- Ciaran Devenney hit three home runs and drove in seven as the UMass Lowell baseball team took both ends of a doubleheader against Binghamton on Friday at LeLacheur Park, outscoring the visitors 16-2.
The River Hawks (9-26, 6-8 America East) ran away with Game 1, 12-2, and blanked the Bearcats (14-17, 4-6 AE) 4-0, to complete their first America East sweep of the season.
“We got off to a good start out there,” said UML coach Ken Harring. “We scored runs in six innings and that is tough for a team to come back from. In Game 2, we went up against arguably the pitcher of the year in the conference, so we knew what we were going up against, and (Andrew) Roden had the big two-out hit followed by the two-run shot by Devenney. Ciaran’s three-home run performance is the kind of thing you need to pull out a sweep.”
The hosts scored the contest’s first nine runs in Game 1, including five in the opening three innings, to take control early and coast to the victory. Starter Nick Rand allowed two runs in seven innings and struck out a career-high 10 to pick up his third win.
Robert Gallagher began the day with a triple in the first and scored on the very next pitch on a single from Oscar Marchena. Cam Climo (Billerica) drove in Marchena all the way from first on a single up the gap to extend the lead.
Devenney drove in the next four runs for the River Hawks behind a two-run home run in the second, a hit-by-pitch in the third and a single to plate Climo in the sixth to extend the buffer to 6-0 in the fifth. Following his single, Marchena cleared the bases with a triple off the wall in center to open up a 9-0 lead.
In Game 2, Andrew Roden’s RBI single broke a scoreless tie in the fourth frame, and Devenney sent his second homer of the day to left to cap the three-run inning and provide all the support the duo of Connor Metelski and Joshua Becker (Burlington) needed to secure the two-win day.
In the sixth inning, Devenney sent his third long ball off one of the advertisements over the yellow line in left that was initially ruled a double but was overturned after a meeting of the umpires.
Metelski went 4.1 innings to earn the victory, and Becker went 2.2 to pick up his fourth save.