NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Rhode Island College scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 6-3 lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 8-3, in a Little East Conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Complex Monday.
RIC took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by freshman right fielder Dean Grasso (Cranston, RI/LaSalle Academy). Freshman right fielder Luke Bomback's (Swansea, MA/Case HS) RBI double in the bottom of the fourth tied the score, but a run-scoring single in the top of the fifth by senior catcher J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI/Narragansett HS) gave the Anchormen a 2-1 lead.
The Corsairs went on top with two in the bottom of the fifth. Freshman left fielder Kyle Palen (Becket, MA/Wahconah HS) singled home one run, and freshman center fielder Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd) singled home another.
RIC seized the lead with their four-run rally in the top of the sixth. Grasso tied the game wita single, junior second baseman Joan Mustafa (Providence, RI/Mount Pleasant HS) untied it with a two-run double, and senior center fielder Victor Baez (Providence, RI/Central HS) made it 6-3 with a run-scoring single.
Senior shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) drove in a run for RIC in the top of the eighth with a single to make it 7-3, and Grasso doubled home the final run for the Anchormen in the ninth.
"We swung the bats pretty well, but we had that one inning where we gave up multiple runs, and that's tough when you are playing against a good team that makes the plays in the field and pitches well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "It makes it tough, it eliminates your running game, it turns you into a station to station team, and takes away some of your aggressiveness. We need to bounce back in those types of situations and limit teams to one run in an inning rather than multiple runs."
Junior right-hander David Hoey (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) pitched the first seven innings for RIC, and earned the victory, improving to 3-0. Freshman right-hander Nick Carafa (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS/SNHU) started for UMD, pitched the first six innings and took the loss to fall to 1-4.
UMass Dartmouth fell to 11-12 and 1-4 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while RIC improved to 17-8 and 4-1 in the LEC with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Roger Williams Wednesday. The Anchormen will visit Keene State Saturday.
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