NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team used a 5-run sixth and seventh inning to defeat visiting Salve Regina, 17-6, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Wednesday.
The Seahawks broke a scoreless tie in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by freshman Matt Croteau (Chesire, CT/Chesire HS). UMD pulled even during their at-bats in the second with an RBI single by senior outfielder Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS). UMD added another run in the third on an RBI double by freshman first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy). In the fifth, UMD junior catcher Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) lead off the inning with a home run to deep centerfield, giving UMD a 3-1 lead. In the sixth inning, Salve Regina regained a lead platting four runs in the inning, featuring singles by Croteau and senior outfielder Matt Capone (E. Providence, RI/Suffield Academy), to take a 5-3 lead. During the bottom of the sixth, UMD pulled even on a two-run double from Newton. After scoring on a base on balls, the Corsairs got an RBI single from Demello and a sacrifice fly from freshman infielder Nate Farias (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS), giving UMD a lead they never gave up. Leading 8-5 in the seventh, UMass Dartmouth scored five runs in the inning, powered by doubles from Newton and Demello. The final run for Salve Regina came in the eighth on a double by freshman outfielder Salvatore Cumella (Ridgefield, NJ/Ridgefield Memorial). UMD added four runs in the bottom of the eighth on RBI singles for Newton, Farias and junior third baseman Corey Allison (Taunton, MA/Coyle-Cassidy HS), en route to the 17-6 victory for UMass Dartmouth. Newton led the Corsairs with a team-high six RBIs during the contest.
"I liked the way we pitched," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "[Tim] Phillips kept us in the game, [Aaron] Brunette did a nice job for us and [senior pitcher ] Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) came in and closed the door. We've been swinging our bats well the last couple weeks, hitting tends to be contagious and it helps when our pitching keeps us in games, allowing us to do more things offensively. We have to watch out for the big innings, if we start giving up big innings in conference play, we'll be in trouble. If we get pitching and we keep ourselves in the game, I feel confident with what we can do with the bats and we are going to use this momentum going into Saturday."
Junior pitcher Aaron Brunette (1-2, North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) entered the game in relief and earned the win for UMass Dartmouth, pitching two innings and surrendering one run on three hits. SRU senior pitcher Laurence Liggett (0-1, Manasquan, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) took the loss in relief, allowing five runs in 1.1 innings of work with four walks. UMD sophomore pitcher Tim Phillips (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) and SRU senior pitcher Charles Kwolek (Greenville, RI/Smithfield HS) were the starters and took no decisions.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 12-12 with the victory, while Salve Regina dropped to 9-16 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host UMass Boston Saturday in a Little East Conference doubleheader. The Seahawks will visit Bridgewater State Thursday.
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