March 21, 2013

Baseball Splits on Final Day in Florida

AUBURNDALE, FL-Sophomore center fielder Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd) walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth and final inning to give the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team a 5-4 win against Fredonia State and a split of their doubleheader on the final day of their spring trip at the Russ Matt Invitational Tournament at Lake Myrtle Field #1 Thursday. The Blue Devils won the opener, 9-8.

Medeiros' walk scored sophomore first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce), who walked and advanced to third on a single by sophomore shortstop Nate Farias (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS).

UMass Dartmouth came from behind to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by sophomore third baseman George Aggostini (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/Marist). The Blue Devils had gone ahead in the top of the seventh when Bobby Frantz stole home.

UMD took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on Aggostini's RBI grounder, and scored twice in the fifth on a run-scoring double by freshman second baseman Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, RI/Exeter HS) and freshman right fielder Connor Shaw's (Goffstown, PA/Goffstown HS) RBI triple.

In the opener, the Corsairs rallied for eight runs in their final three at bats and just fell short.

Trailing, 5-0, UMD scored three times in the top of the fifth, getting a run on a bases loaded single by freshman infielder Reese Tanguay (Essex Junction, VT/Essex HS), another when Medeiros walked with the bases full, and a third on Shaw's sacrifice fly.

Sophomore left fielder Luke Bomback 's (Swansea, MA/Case HS) solo homer in the top of the sixth cut FSU's lead to 5-4, but the Blue Devils got four in the last of the sixth on a bases loaded walk to Dillon Lowe, a two-run single by Brian Sheehan, and a double steal.

Medeiros led off the top of the seventh with a homer. Bomback tripled home two more runs and then scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-8. But Joseph Tingue got  sophomore first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce) to ground out, and Zachary Jordon retired senior third baseman Tyler White (Westport, MA/Westport HS/Massasoit CC) on a fly ball to end the game.

"Game one was a tough game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "They put a lot of pressure on us. They're a small ball team, they do a lot of bunting and create a lot of situations that are not traditional, and that affected us a little bit in the field and led to a couple of innings where they scored multiple runs. We battled back, but we fell a little bit short."

"We bounced back in game two, after they stole home to take the lead, we came from behind in game two," said Prince. "It was good to see that at the end of a long road trip against a good team. Some of our younger pitchers bounced back as well, and we were able to build upon what we did in the last game, so that was good to see."

The Corsairs finished their spring trip at 2-6, while the Blue Devils began theirs at 1-1. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Colby-Sawyer in a doubleheader in their northern opener Saturday at 12 noon. Fredonia State will play Plattsburgh State Friday.


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