May 9, 2013

Combined Two-Hitter Gets Baseball Past West Conn in LEC Tournament

GORHAM, ME-Junior right-hander Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) and senior right-hander Tyler White (Westport, MA/Westport HS/Massasoit CC) combined on a two-hitter as the Corsairs defeated Western Connecticut State, 2-1, in their second round elimination game at the Little East Conference Tournament at the University of Southern Maine Baseball Stadium Thursday.

The Corsairs had to come from behind to earn the win. Trailing, 2-1, they took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce) beat out an infield single to first base, scoring freshman left fielder Connor Shaw (Goffstown, NH/Goffstown HS), who had led off the inning with a single. Sophomore third baseman George Aggostini (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/Marist), who singled after Shaw, scored on an error by WCSU shortstop Bobby Coyne to put UMass Dartmouth ahead for good.

The Colonials had struck first when center fielder Conor Bierfeldt hit a solo homer in the top of the first inning.  

Boff allowed both WCSU hits, walked one and struck out nine in his eight innings of work. The other Colonial hit besides Bierfeldt's homer came in the fourth, when first baseman Chris Smith singled after Bierfeldt was hit by a pitch. Boff got Coyne to bounce into a fielder's choice and struck out right fielder Scott Conetta to end the threat.

White, who began the game as the designated hitter, relieved Boff at the start of the ninth and retired the side in order. Boff earned the win and improved to 1-3, while White earned his first save. Chris Alberto went all the way for WCSU and took the loss.

"When you get into these tournaments, especially early on, you have to pitch well and play good defense, and it was great to see Karney rebound from his last outing against Western Connecticut and save the bullpen," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "Their pitcher did a nice job and kept us off balance. Hopefully, you build on your mistakes, and it was nice to see our guys make improvements on some of the things we didn't do yesterday."

White earned the save in only his third appearance of the season. "Tyler's a tough kid who wants the ball," said Prince. "He's had arm issues, but we knew he would come out and attack hitters. Those are the kind of people you want on the mound in this kind of a situation."

The Corsairs improved to 16-22 with the victory, while the Colonials dropped to 17-24 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth advanced to face the loser of today's game between Eastern Connecticut State and UMass Boston Friday at 3:00 p.m. The ECSU-UMB game was delayed by rain and will be finished Friday morning. Western Connecticut was eliminated from the tournament.


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