BASEBALL

Belmont 2, Beverly 0

Friday, May. 31, 2013, at Beverly

On Tuesday night Belmont baseball coach Jim Brown had a sudden change of heart which, luckily, worked to his advantage. Anticipating Friday’s first round matchup against sixth-seeded Beverly, Brown decided he was going to start lefthander Brendan Shea instead of his ace righty. Shea answered the call and was nearly flawless, pitching a complete game in which he struck out 11 and allowed only a single hit, leading the No. 11 Marauders to a 2-0 victory over the Panthers. “We lost to Beverly last year,” said Brown, whose team fell to the Panthers, 3-0, in the first round. “They’re a class team. Getting them in the first round again we knew it was tough draw.” Belmont, who finished the regular season on a three-game losing streak, knew it was the underdog on Friday, but Brown saw that as motivation for his kids. His pregame message to the group was clear: "I’m proud of you guys no matter what happens today.'' However, the result made the Marauders ecstatic. In the fifth inning, senior Brian Coutts scored Matt Rocha on an RBI single and John Weber had a safety squeeze to bring in the other run. Shea’s commanding pitching continued down the stretch as his no-hitter was broken up in the bottom of the sixth with two outs. Still the junior finished the job and got the revenge his team wanted. “I told Brendan I loved him and he kept us in the game,” said Brown. “This is a resilient group of kids and I think the potential is there.” Belmont will host Wayland on Monday at 4 p.m. in a Division 2 North quarterfinal game.

 

Updated: Friday, May 31, 2013, 9:38 p.m.

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