MANSFIELD, Conn. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team split a Little East Conference doubleheader with nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University this afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.
UMass Dartmouth scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning to earn a 10-6 victory in Game 1, while the No. 25 Warriors outlasted the Corsairs 5-4 in 11 innings in the finale.
UMass Dartmouth 10 Eastern Connecticut 6
UMass Dartmouth survived four errors, driving Eastern starter Greg Porter from the game in a six-run third inning. The Corsairs scored nine runs over the first three innings before the Warriors rallied for four runs in the middle innings to make it close.
Junior Nick Fuller (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford) (2-3) didn't allow an earned run and gave up only three hits in pitching the first five innings for UMass Dartmouth and left with a 9-3 lead. The right-hander fanned seven and walked two.
The top three hitters in the Corsairs' lineup – juniors Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford), George Agostini (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) and Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) – combined for six hits, five RBI and four runs. Medeiros , batting leadoff, had two triples among his three hits, scored twice and drove in two runs.
UMass Dartmouth scored its six third-inning runs after there were two out and one on. There were two hits, two walks, three hit by pitch and an Eastern infield error in the inning, where junior Ben Monteiro (Swansea, Mass./Joseph Case) drove in two of his three runs with a double and Agostini also contributed a two-run double.
Eastern Connecticut 5 UMass Dartmouth 4 -- 11 innings
Mike Vaccarelli drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning on a two-out single, plating Adam Roderick from seconde base. Roderick had walked to lead off the inning and move up on an infield ground ball. With the tying run on second base in the bottom of the 11th, Eastern centerfielder Joe Perez made a diving, game-ending catch on a drive by pinch hitter sophomore Connor Shaw (Goffstown, N.H.).
Adam Merritt (2-1) allowed only one hit in 3 2/3 innings of relief for the win. Gavin Lavallee was 4-for-6 with an RBI and Roderick scored twice and drove in a run as a late-inning replacement
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28, when the Corsairs host Worcester State University.