WINTER HAVEN, FL-Trinity (CT) jumped out to early leads in both games and swept a doubleheader from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team at the Russ Matt Baseball Invitational at Chain O'Lakes Field #1 Monday.
The Bantams won the opener, 5-0, and the nightcap, 15-5.
All of Trinity's runs in the opener were unearned, as they took advantage of five Corsair errors, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Freshman right-hander Nick Carafa (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS) started, went the first four innings and took the loss, with juniors Mike St. Martin (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) and John Quigg (Weymouth, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) finishing Freshman third baseman Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd) had two of UMD's four hits, including a triple.
The Bantams took a 5-0 first-inning lead in the nightcap. Senior shortstop John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine) had two hits, including a double, freshman first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce) had two hits, including an RBI; and Medeiros also had two hits. Junior right-hander Aaron Brunette (North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) went the first 4 2/3 innings and took the loss.
"In the first game, we got pretty good pitching, but we didn't help ourselves defensively," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "We couldn't get anything going with our bats. When you get down against a good team like Trinity, you have to string a lot of hits together, and it's hard to do. Trinity won the College World Series a few years ago, and they're an experienced team with good pitching."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 3-3 with the losses, while Trinity improved to 5-3 with the sweep. The Corsairs will return to action when they meet St. Olaf Tuesday.
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