April 14, 2012

Baseball Rallies to Split with UMass Boston

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team split their Little East Conference doubleheader with UMass Boston at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday. The Corsairs dropped the opener, 16-6, and won the nightcap, 11-4. The games were moved from Yetten Field in Waltham, where UMass Boston plays, and the Beacons were the home team.

In the second game, UMass Dartmouth took a 1-0 lead on a double play grounder in the top of the first, and the Beacons tied it in their half on an RBI single by junior first baseman Matt Consiglio (Southbury, CT/Pomperaug HS). The Corsairs went ahead in the top of the fourth, scoring on an error and run-scoring single by junior third baseman Corey Allison (Taunton, MA/Coyle-Cassidy HS/Massasoit CC) and sophomore center fielder Wayne Bolz (Billerica, MA/Billerica Memorial HS).

UMass Dartmouth added three more in the top of the sixth on Bolz' run-scoring single and an error. UMass Boston scored twice in the seventh on an RBI single by freshman catcher Jack DeBiase (Prospect, CT/Woodland Regional HS) and freshman second baseman Bryan Failla's (Torrington, CT/Torrington HS) squeeze bunt.

The Corsairs got four in the eighth on an error, a bases-loaded walk to senior catcher Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), and a two-run single by freshman first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy). Sophomore shortstop Jamill Moquette (Boston, MA/Madison Park Vo Tech HS) hit his second homer of the day for UMass Boston in the bottom of the eighth.

Senior right-hander Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/East Cranston HS) pitched the first eight innings for UMass Dartmouth, earning the victory and improving his record to 2-0. Junior Tyler White (Westport, MA/Westport HS/Massasoit CC) pitched the ninth. Sophomore Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, MA/Gloucester HS) started for UMass Boston and took the loss, falling to 1-2.

The teams combined for eight runs in the second inning of the opener, which ended after seven innings due to the 10-run rule. Newton hit a two-run homer for the Corsairs in the top of the second, and freshman second baseman Nate Farias (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) added a sacrifice fly. The Beacons scored five times in their half, with senior second baseman Mike Mattei (Spencer, MA/David Prouty HS) driving in two runs with a single, and junior left fielder Nick Grassetti (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS), senior center fielder Mark McCormack (Shelton, CT/Shelton HS) and Moquette adding RBI hits.

Moquette hit a two-run homer for UMB in the fourth. UMass Boston added four runs in the fifth, one on Moquette's RBI single, one when McCormack stole home, and two more on a homer by Consiglio.

The Beacons took a 14-3 lead into the seventh, when Worden  drove in a run with an RBI double and the Corsairs scored twice more on errors. But UMass Boston scored twice in their half of the seventh to end the game. Junior right-hander Daniel Heefner (Tracy, CA/Tracy HS) pitched the first six innings for UMass Boston and earned the win, improving to 4-2. Sophomore right-hander Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) started and took the loss for UMD, falling to 4-2.

"I felt that Pat wasn't getting used enough, and with him being one of our best pitchers, we were trying to find another way to get him some innings, and obviously, it paid off today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "He pitched very well, and if we get good pitching and play good defense, we can keep ourselves in any game and we can compete with anyone. We were able to bunt three or four times in the second game to create some runs, and that's the way we have to play to be successful. Pat was very efficient and didn't get his pitch count up. He did a fantastic job keeping them off balance and working ahead in the count. It was nice to come back and get that second win."

UMass Dartmouth is now 13-13 and 2-5 in the :Little East Conference, while UMass Boston is now 15-11 and 4-3 in the LEC. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Tufts Monday in a doubleheader. The Beacons will host Southern Maine Tuesday.

                                                            

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