NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team swept visiting Colby-Sawyer in a non-conference doubleheader in the Corsairs' 2012 home opener Saturday afternoon at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex. The Corsairs won the opener, 6-0, and took the nightcap, 6-2.
UMass Dartmouth's pitching carried the day, with three Corsair right-handers limiting the Chargers to eight hits in the twin bill. Sophomore Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) scattered three hits in the opener, never allowing more than one base runner in an inning. Only one runner, sophomore center fielder Jon Wylie (Middleboro, MA/Middleboro HS) reached third base, and he was left there at the end of the second inning when Boff struck out freshman catcher Rob Wallace (Tewksbury, MA/Tewksbury HS).
UMD jumped in front in their first at bat, as they got two-out, run-scoring singles from junior catcher Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford H)S) and freshman third baseman Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd). Sophomore center fielder Wayne Bolz (Billerica, MA/Billerica Memorial HS) singled home a run in the fourth, and freshman first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce) and Medeiros had RBI singles in the fifth when the Corsairs doubled their advantage. Boff improved his record to 3-0 with the win, while sophomore Kevin Keith (Quincy, MA/Quincy HS) started and took the loss for the Chargers, falling to 2-1.
The Chargers scored twice in the top of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead in the nightcap, getting one run on a wild pitch by UMass Dartmouth freshman starter Nick Carafa (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS/Southern New Hampshire), and another on freshman right fielder Alex Fredette's (Dover, NH/Dover HS) sacrifice fly.
UMD tied it in the third on sophomore second baseman Bedward Ortiz' (La Vega, DR/Worcester Doherty HS) two-run single, then went ahead on freshman right fielder Luke Bomback's (Somerset, MA/Case HS) wind-blown double down the right field line in the fourth. Worden and Medeiros each singled home a run in the sixth and Bomback singled home the final run in the eighth. Carafa, who retired 15 of the final 16 hitters he faced after an infield single by CSC senior third baseman Justin Martin (Lebanon, NH/Lebanon HS) in the fourth, went eight innings and improved to 2-0, while freshman Tyler White (Westport, MA/Westport HS/Massasoit CC) finished with a perfect ninth. Senior Ryan Gillan (Alton, NH/Prospect Mountain HS) went the first five innings for the Chargers and took the loss.
"When we win, we get good pitching and we play good defense and we get timely hitting, and that's what happened today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "Karney Boff pitched a great game in the first game and Nick Carafa pitched well in the second game after he settled down after the second inning. I was very impressed with our training staff and with Ryan Medeiros, who is an EMT, for the way they handled the situation when Bedward Ortiz was hurt." Ortiz left the game with an injury in the fourth inning.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 7-5, while Colby-Sawyer dropped to 6-6. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Johnson & Wales Tuesday. Colby-Sawyer will visit Castleton State for a doubleheader Wednesday.
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