April 29, 2014

Rams Power Past Corsairs

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Framingham State University baseball team produced four home runs to earn a 12-7 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this afternoon at the UMD Baseball Complex.  Junior Mark Mainini (Hull, Mass.) registered a pair of solo round trippers as the Rams used the long ball to score nine unanswered runs.

Framingham State (19-16) utilized a well-balanced offensive attack as seven of its nine starters registered at least one base knock.  The top five batters in the Rams' order combined for nine hits, eight runs scored, and nine RBI.  Senior Matthew Roberge (Lowell, Mass.) was 2-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBI from the leadoff spot, while Mainini went 3-for-5.  Junior Kevin Driscoll (Chelmsford, Mass.) also registered three hits, while classmate Ivan Colon (Waltham, Mass.) and freshman Manny Powers (Malden, Mass.) each recorded their first home runs of the campaign.

UMass Dartmouth (18-19) junior George Agostini (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) led the Corsairs with a two hits, including a three-run homer in the seventh, and a season-high four runs driven in. Junior Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a double, while sophomore Matt Russell (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base. 

UMass Dartmouth jumped out to an early advantage, as the hosts plated two runs in their first at-bat.  Medeiros led off with a single to centerfield, while Agostini doubled down the fight field line to put runners in scoring position.  Junior Corey DeMedeiros (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) singled through the left side to knock in the first run of the ballgame.  The visitors were more than willing to trade a run for a double play as the Corsairs stretched their lead to 2-0.

The Rams responded with a five-run outburst in the top of the second to take a lead they would never relinquish.  Mainini opened the frame with an opposite field home run to put the visitors on the board.  Colon singled through the left side and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, while Driscoll knotted the game at 2-all with a RBI single.  With two-outs, Framingham State had its inning extended on a catcher's interference call and promptly capitalized with back-to-back run-scoring singles before capping the stanza with a RBI fielder's choice.

The visitors tacked on a run in the sixth before pushing across three runs to balloon their advantage to 9-3.  Mainini lifted his second home run of the game and third of the season over the right centerfield fence in the sixth, while Powers blasted a two-out dinger (1) over the centerfield fence in the seventh.

UMass Dartmouth was able to bridge the gap to 9-5 in the bottom of the seventh, when Agostini crushed a three-run homer (1) over the trees in right field.  Framingham State countered with three runs in the top of the eighth, scoring on a wild pitch before Colon exited the ballpark with a two-run shot.

The Corsairs would not go quietly in the ninth, using a two-out rally to score a pair of runs. Russell sparked the rally with a single, while Medeiros recorded his team-leading 19 double to left centerfield.  UMass Dartmouth was able to take advantage of a two-run defensive miscue to cap the afternoon's scoring.  

Sophomore Dillon Corliss (Winterport, Maine) earned his sixth win of his season, throwing the minimum five innings.  He allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out three.  His counterpart, Aaron Chouinard (Swansea, Mass/Joseph Case), was tagged with the loss (0-2), giving up seven earned runs on 11 hits, while fanning five.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m., when the Corsairs host Brandeis University in their final home game of the 2014 season.