GORHAM, ME-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team defeated UMass Boston, 21-5, at the Little East Conference Tournament at the University of Southern Maine Baseball Stadium. The game was finished Saturday morning after being suspended in the top of the eighth inning because of darkness Friday evening.
The Corsairs scored 10 times in the top of the eighth and took a 20-5 lead and were batting with two out and a runner on second base when the game was halted by darkness.
The game went back and forth early, with the Corsairs taking the lead with three runs in the top of the first inning. Sophomore center fielder Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd) and senior catcher Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) singled, and Medeiros scored on a wild pitch as sophomore first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce) drew a walk. Senior designated hitter Tyler White (Westport, MA/Westport HS/Massasoit CC) doubled home two more runs to make it 3-0.
Designated hitter Jason Cholish doubled home two runs for the Beacons in the bottom of the first, and second baseman Jose Pena singled home two more in the second to put UMass Boston on top, 4-3. UMass Dartmouth tied it in the third on a run-scoring infield hit by sophomore shortstop Nate Farias (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS).
The Corsairs took the lead in the top of the fourth. Freshman left fielder Connor Shaw (Goffstown, NH/Goffstown HS)\ singled and scored on a double by sophomore third baseman George Aggostini (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/Marist).White walked with the bases full to score another run. Right fielder Jamil Moquette hit a solo homer in the last of the fourth for the Beacons to make it 6-5.
UMD extended their lead in the top of the fifth. Junior right fielder Wayne Bolz (Billerica, MA/Billerica Memorial HS) reached on an error, stole second, moved to third on another error and scored on Medeiros' sacrifice fly. A sacrifice fly by Worden brought in another run, and Aggostini scored on the front end of a double steal to make it 9-5. In the sixth, Farias singled, was sacrificed to second and scored on a hit by Medeiros. Worden's bases-loaded sacrifice fly made it 11-5.
The Corsairs added to their lead by scoring nine times in the top of the eighth. Newton drove in a run with a single, another scored on an error, Farias singled home a run and Bolz singled home two more. Medeiros followed with an RBI double, and Shaw singled home two more. Worden reached on an error and another run scored. Worden was at second with two out and Newton at bat when the game was suspended.
For the Corsairs, freshman right-hander Matt Russell (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS) relieved starter Aaron Chouinard (Swansea, MA/Case HS) in the second, went 4 2/3 innings and held the Beacons to a single run. Senior Aaron Brunette (North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) pitched a scoreless seventh. UMB starter Patrick Austin, the first of seven Beacon pitchers, went the first 3.1 innings and allowed six runs. The game featured 33 hits, 22 by the Corsairs; 17 walks, 10 by UMB pitchers, and nine errors, seven by the Beacons. Nine of UMass Dartmouth's runs were earned.
"We came out swinging the bats, putting runs on the board, and overcame adversity early in the day," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "Matt Russell really settled the game down for us. We've used him quite a bit the whole tournament, and he's been excellent for us. UMass Boston is a very good team, they'll play hard the whole game, and we certainly can't take anything for granted."
The Corsairs improved to 17-22 with the victory, while the Beacons dropped to 16-23 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will play Eastern Connecticut State in an elimination game Saturday, with the winner having to defeat Southern Maine twice to win the tournament.
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