Corsairs Tame Tigers, 18-2
AUBURNDALE, Fla.—The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team utilized a balanced attack to account for its largest offensive output of the season, defeating Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) 18-2 in seven innings this afternoon at Lake Myrtle Park.
Eight of the nine Corsair starters registered at least one hit, while five batters produced multiple hits en route to a 15-hit attack. Junior George Agostini (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) and classmate Ben Monteiro (Swansea, Mass./Joseph Case) combined for six hits, four runs scored, and seven RBI. Monteiro was 3-for-5 with two extra base hits and a season-high four runs batted in, while Agostini pounded out three hits and knocked in three runs. Sophomore Connor Shaw (Goffstown, N.H.) was 2-for-4 with a three run homer, while junior Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) and sophomore Matt Russell (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex) tallied two hits apiece.
Freshman Sean Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) earned his second victory of the season, throwing a complete-game. Callahan did not surrender an earned run in seven innings, scattering just five hits and striking out three. He was consistently able to get the Tigers to hit the ball, registering 14 ground outs.
UMass Dartmouth broke open a closely contested game in the fifth inning with four runs to increase its lead to 6-0. The Corsairs strung together four consecutive hits to drive in three runs. Monteiro delivered a two-out, two-run double to cap the surge.
The "visitors" continued to apply the offensive pressure in the sixth frame, pushing across three additional runs on Shaw's first homer of the season.
UMass Dartmouth put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh inning, sending 13 batters to the plate to produce nine runs. Monteiro registered a triple and a single to drive in three runs, while DeMedeiros laced a RBI double.
RIT finally cracked the scoring column in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring a pair of unearned runs.
UMass Dartmouth will complete its Southern Swing tomorrow morning, when the Corsairs face Trinity College (Conn.) at Chain O' Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla.