BURLINGTON, VT — The Vermont Lake Monsters broke their own Futures League record for wins in a season, while moving 25 games over the .500 mark for the first time in the franchise’s 28-year history with a 10-2 victory over the Worcester Bravehearts Friday night at historic Centennial Field.

Vermont (43-18), which broke its own FCBL record of 42 wins set last season, scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to bust open a two-run lead and score 10+ runs for the 14th time this summer. Dante Pozzi (Catholic) started the rally with a two-run homer in his second Lake Monsters game to stretch the lead to 6-2.

Lake Monsters trailed 2-1 in the top of the second when Nick Berger (Rollins) came out of the bullpen and worked out of a bases loaded, no-out jam with a fly out and pair of strikeouts. Berger finished four innings of scoreless relief on one hit with a walk and five strikeouts to earn the victory.

After getting out of the jam in the top of the second, Vermont took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning on a Jimmy Evans (Tufts) RBI single for his second RBI of the game and league-leading 49th overall (had an RBI groundout in the first).

Monster Performances
Nick Berger (W) 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO
Connor Bowman 2-for-3, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI
Jimmy Evans 3-for-4, 2 RBI

Monster Highlights
* After the Pozzi 2-run homer in the eighth, Vermont scored 4 more times on Colby Brouilette (BFA/Clarkson) RBI single, Tyler Favretto (Crowder) two-run single and Harrison Didawick (Virginia) RBI fielder’s choice
* Tommy Martin (Yale) was 2-for-5 with two runs and has now hit safely in each of his last 11 starts (19-for-42)
* Lucky Perrotto (Catholic) 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 2 hitless innings of relief in his Vermont debut

Beyond The Boxscore
* Vermont (43-18) is 25 games over .500 for 1st time in frachise history (24 over 3 other times this season)
* Lake Monsters are now 27-7 at Centennial and averaging 7.53 runs per game with 1 home contest remaining in regular-season
* Pozzi home run was the 32nd of the season for Vermont, tying the 32 homers hit in 66 last season by the Lake Monsters

Next Home Game: Saturday vs. Brockton, 6:05pm
Regular-Season home finale and Post-Game Fireworks