April 1, 2014

Corsairs Use 5-Run 1st To Defeat Bridgewater State

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team did not show any signs of rust stemming from a nine-day layoff as the Corsairs scored five runs in the top of the first en route to a 10-1 victory at Bridgewater State University this evening at Alumni Field. The game was stopped after eight innings due to darkness.

UMass Dartmouth earned its third consecutive win to improve to 5-7 on the season, while the Bears fell to 5-10.

Junior Ben Monteiro (Swansea, Mass./Joseph Case) went 3-for-4 with a RBI to lead the Corsairs' 12-hit attack.  Classmate Nate Farias (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) turned in a three-hit performance, while  junior Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford) filled up the box score with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBI.  Junior George Agostini (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) reached three times with two singles and a walk in five plate appearances.

UMass Dartmouth used a five-run first inning to jump out to the early and never looked back. The Corsairs added a run in the fourth and tacked on four more in the sixth to account for their scoring.

Four UMass Dartmouth pitchers combined to scatter 11 hits in the contest while allowing just the one run without issuing a walk. Shawn Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) picked up the win in relief as he tossed three scoreless innings. Callahan (3-0) gave up five hits and struck out two. Corsair starter Steve Colella (Leominster, Mass.) worked the first three innings, limiting the host to an unearned run on four hits with two strikeouts.

Billy Mitchell (Walpole, Mass.) went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double to pace the Bridgewater State offense.  Ryan Manning (Plainville, Mass.) also finished with multiple hits for the hosts as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of singles.  Kevin Sugermeyer (Hampden, Mass.) drove in the Bears' lone run of the game with an RBI double in the second inning.

Brian Wiksten (Middleboro, Mass.) pitched well in relief of BSU starter Joseph Sever (Brockton, Mass.).  Wiksten did not give up a run in 2 2/3 innings of relief as he allowed three hits and struck out three.   Sever (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound as he worked the first 5 1/3 innings.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3:30 p.m., when the Corsairs travel to Worcester State University.  UMD is scheduled to make its home opener at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, when the Corsairs host Fitchburg State University.

(Bridgewater State sports information contributed to the release)