Lancers' Late Rally Upends Corsairs, 9-7

WORCESTER, Mass. --  Worcester State University scored eight unanswered runs, including four in the eighth, to rally past the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team, 9-7, this afternoon in a non-conference contest at the Lyons Baseball Diamond.

The Corsairs had their season-high three game winning streak snapped to slip to 5-8 on the season, while the Lancers improved to 7-8.

Sophomore Joe Zottoli (Holden, Mass./Wachusett Regional) led the visitors with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with two RBI.  Junior George Agostini (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) also registered three singles, scored and drove in a run.  Juniors Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford), Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, Mass./Durfee), and Nate Farias (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) each contributed two base knocks during the UMass Dartmouth 14-hit attack.

The Corsairs opened the scoring in the top of the third on an RBI single with two outs by Agostini for the early 1-0 lead.

The UMass Dartmouth offense erupted for five times over the next two frames to take over a 6-1 advantage. Farias, DeMedeiros, and senior Wayne Bolz (Billerica, Mass.) all produced runs for the Corsairs in the top of the fourth, while Zottoli highlighted the fifth with a two-run single up the middle.

Trailing 6-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Lancers started to chip away at the margin with two scores. Senior Joe Carlier (Rockland, Mass.) and McGuill both drove in runners in the rally for the Blue and Gold.

Worcester State put up two more runs in the next frame to whittle its deficit to one run after seven full frames of play. Following consecutive base-knocks by sophomore classmates Dennis Duplessis (Marlboro, Mass.) and Steve Wallace (Auburn, Mass.), they both moved into scoring position on a wild pitch.  Junior David Ruggiero (Peabody, Mass.) and Barry then plated Duplessis and Wallace with run producing at-bats to help get WSU back into the game.

Worcester State took used a four-run eighth inning to take its first advantage of the contest at 9-6. Taking advantage of infield miscues, junior Cody Osburn (Sacramento, Calif.) had the key two-run single for the go-ahead scores. Barry chipped in with an RBI and Osburn scampered home on an errant throw by the catcher after a double steal.

UMass Dartmouth made things interesting with back-to-back singles by Agostini and classmate Alex Newton (Saco, Maine). With a wild pitch in the dirt, both runners advanced and Agostini made it a 9-7 contest on the misplayed throw by the catcher.  However, junior Joe Perlak (Chicopee, Mass.) fanned the next batter and set down the final two men with ground outs to seal up the victory.

UMass Dartmouth used six pitchers in a bullpen day and combined for five runs (four earned), nine base-knocks, four punch outs and a pair of walks over the first eight innings.  Botz, who started the contest at first base, tossed the eighth and gave up four unearned runs on five hits to drop his record to 0-2 on the campaign.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., when the Corsairs host Fitchburg State University in their home opener.

(Worcester State sports information contributed to this release)