NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - Visiting UMass Boston rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning to come from behind and win the nightcap of its Little East Conference doubleheader, 6-5, against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team. The Beacons won the opener, 8-7, and swept the doubleheader.
Trailing, 2-0, the Corsairs rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap. Sophomore center fielder Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd) singled home one run, sophomore left fielder Luke Bomback's (Swansea, MA/Case HS)drove in another with an infield grounder, and three more runs scored on misplays.
UMass Boston struck for a run in the eighth on an RBI single by junior right fielder Jamil Moquette (Boston, MA/Madison Park Vo Tech HS), then got three in the ninth. They scored once on an RBI double by sophomore catcher Todd Ezold (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS), then took the lead when the relay throw on a potential game ending double play by freshman second baseman Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, RI/Exeter HS) got away at first base.
Junior right-hander Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, MA/Gloucester HS), who pitched the final three innings, earned the win and improved to 1-2. Senior Aaron Brunette (North Andover, MA/North Andover HS), the fourth UMD pitcher, took the loss and fell to 0-1.
In the opener, Moquette threw out pinch runner Andy Ekstrom (So. Millbury, MA/Millbury HS) at third in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete a double play and seal the win for the Beacons. With one out, sophomore shortstop Nate Farias (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) flied to right, and Moquette's throw cut down Ekstrom, running for sophomore designated hitter Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce), to end the game.
The Corsairs, who trailed, 8-0, battled back, getting four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. They scored once on an RBI single by freshman right fielder Connor Shaw ((Goffstown, PA/Goffstown HS), twice more on Bomback's double, and a fourth time on a passed ball. Sophomore first baseman Jimmy Cranston (East Lyme, CT/East Lyme HS) singled home a run in the eighth, and an error brought home two more runs in the ninth.
Moquette gave UMB a 1-0 lead when he singled in a run in the top of the first, Ezold homered in the second, freshman first baseman Kurtis White (Nahant, MA/St. Mary's-Lynn HS) doubled home two more in a three-run third, and Moquette hit a three-run homer in the sixth.
Sophomore left-hander Kyle Szatrowski (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) started and scattered nine hits in six scoreless innings to earn the win and improve to 3-0. Junior Tyler Kane (Wilbraham, MA/Minnechaug Regional HS) got the final three outs to record his first save, while UMD sophomore starter Nick Fuller (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) started and took the loss, falling to 0-2.
"It's about execution, and making the plays, and we didn't come up with the big plays at the right time," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "It's awful tough when you're playing against a good team in conference, and you're playing from behind. You start playing station to station baseball, and that's never easy against good pitching. We have a very young team, and it's a matter of handling the pressure of playing in a very good conference and building upon that."
The Corsairs dropped to 4-8 and 0-2 in the Little East Conference, while the Beacons improved to 6-6 and 2-0. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Brandeis Monday. UMass Boston will host Westfield State Monday.
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