Late Rally Earns Baseball Split at Eastern Connecticut
MANSFIELD, CT-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team scored nine runs in the seventh and eighth innings of the second game to erase a 5-3 deficit and defeat host Eastern Connecticut State, 13-5, and earn a split of their Little East Conference doubleheader at the ECSU Baseball Stadium Saturday. The Warriors won the opener, 3-2.
Trailing, 4-0, the Corsairs scored three times in the fourth inning of the nightcap. Sophomore third baseman George Aggostini (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/Marist) singled home a run, sophomore first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce) drove in another with a sacrifice fly, and a third scored on an error. Sophomore center fielder Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd) slammed a three-run homer in the seventh to pit UMass Dartmouth ahead, 6-5.
The Corsairs scored six times in the eighth. Senior designated hitter Tyler White (Westport, MA/Westport HS/Massasoit CC) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Medeiros doubled home two runs, Aggostini drove in another with an infield grounder, and two more scored on a wild pitch and an error. Sophomore Nick Fuller (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) earned the win for the Corsairs and improved to 3-5. Chuck Vogt, the third ECSU pitcher, took the loss.
In the opener, Eastern Connecticut took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run homer by Tyler Caserta, then added a run in the third when first baseman Joe Balowski grounded into a double play. UMass Dartmouth scored twice in the seventh, once on a bases-loaded single by sophomore left fielder Luke Bomback (Swansea, MA/Case HS), and again on White's sacrifice fly. Tom Darby went 6 1/3 innings for the win, improving to 6-1, while Matt Purnell finished for his eighth save. Junior Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) started and pitched the first seven innings for the Corsairs and took the loss, falling to 0-2.
"In game one, Karney pitched like a number one pitcher, and we played well in the field behind him," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "We went up against a good pitcher, and we didn't get a big hit until late in the game. In game two, it was just the opposite. Nick Fuller was fantastic, he settled in very well and pitched like a number one pitcher, and Ryan Medeiros had two very big hits. We also walked only two guys all day, and had no errors, so we only gave up two extra base runners, which was huge. (Senior catcher) Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was exceptional behind the plate. We stuck with the plan at the plate and waited for our pitch. The key for us is getting good pitching and playing solid defense."
The Corsairs are now 13-20 and 5-7 in the Little East Conference, while the Warriors are now 23-11-1 and 8-4 in LEC action. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Brandeis Wednesday. ECSU will visit Tufts Monday.
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