RADFORD, Va. -- The UMass Lowell baseball team could not record its first back-to-back wins of the season, as the bats were silenced in Radford's 8-1 victory on Wednesday evening.
The River Hawks (2-13) were held scoreless until Vinnie Martin's RBI walk in the eighth inning, after the visitors loaded the bases behind a walk, a single and an error. Mark Tumosa picked up two hits and the lineup drew six walks.
Michael Young and Steven Passatempo recorded a pair of RBI in the ninth on a single and sacrifice fly, respectively, to trim the gap. Oscar Marchena led off the frame with a hit and came around to score, and following a walk to reach base Robert Gallagher crossed the plate on the sac fly.
Other than the final two innings, the best chance for UMass Lowell came in the third, trailing 2-0, following a Joey Castellanos leadoff double. Two batters later, the River Hawks had the tying runs in scoring position but could not capitalize.
The Highlanders (5-11) plated a pair of runs in the first and third innings to take a 4-0 advantage. Following one run in the fifth, three runs in the eighth gave the hosts breathing room heading into the final frame.
UMass Lowell continues its trip with a four-game series against Penn State over the weekend in Happy Valley.