Cacciola Powers Corsairs Past Daniel Webster

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Sophomore Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I./Exeter-W.Greenwich) went 4-for-4 with three runs batted in to power the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team to a 12-1 victory over Daniel Webster College this morning at McKeel Academy.

The Corsairs registered their first win of the season to raise their overall record at 1-1, while the Eagles completed their Spring Break trip with a 3-6 mark.

The middle of the UMass Dartmouth lineup produced nine of the Corsairs' 14 hits, led by Cacciola's four. Junior designated hitter Alex Newton (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while junior first baseman Alberto Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass./O'Bryant) chipped in with two hits and two RBI. Junior third baseman George Agostini (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) and sophomore Joe Zottoli (Holden, Mass./Wachusett Regional) each drove in a pair of runs.

The Corsairs cracked the scoring column in the bottom of the second inning, when junior shortstop Nick Farias (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) singled home Zottoli.

UMass Dartmouth began to assert itself in the third, scoring four runs on four hits. The Corsairs strung together a pair of singles to place runners on first and second for Newton. The junior delivered with an RBI single, while Cacciola followed suit with a two-run single to extend the UMD lead to 4-0. Zottoli capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field.

The Corsairs put the non-conference contest out of reach in the fourth with a six-run barrage. Agostini and Vasquez fueled the surge with two-run singles, while Cacciola recorded an RBI on his third hit of the game. For the second straight inning, Zottoli completed the scoring with a single that drove in Newton.

Daniel Webster was finally able to get on the scoreboard in the fifth inning, when Mike Gamache launched a lead-off home run.

Freshman Sean Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) was impressive in his collegiate debut for UMass Dartmouth, throwing six strong innings. Callahan limited the Eagles to one run on four hits, while fanning nine. Senior Wayne Bolz (Billerica, Mass./Billerica-Memorial) made his first appearance of the season tossing a scoreless seventh inning.

John Hickson allowed five runs, four of which were earned, and seven hits in just three innings of work to suffer his first setback of the season.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 16, when the Corsairs square off against Western New England University in Winter Haven, Fla.