NORTHBORO, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth pitching staff started the Corsair season on strong note, completing the 7-0 shutout over Worcester State to open 2017 at the New England Baseball Complex in Northboro, Mass. on Tuesday afternoon.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 7, Worcester State 0
Records: UMass Dartmouth (1-0) | Worcester State (1-1)
How it Happened
Corsair junior Brandon Polignone (Peabody, Mass.) jumpstarted the UMass Dartmouth offense, going 2-4 at the dish with an RBI. On the mound, five pitchers contributed during the shutout, with Dylan Collett (Albany, N.Y.) picking up his first win as a Corsair in two innings with three hits allowed and five strikeouts.
The game began as a pitching duel, with neither team able to put a runner on base until the bottom of the second. Worcester State starter Luke Brennan (Worcester, Mass.) struck out the first seven batters he faced before issuing a walk. On the other side of the field, Sean Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) and Collett combined to retire the first five Lancer batters.
UMass Dartmouth's bats awoke in the third inning as Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) laced a double to right field, scoring Cote Monte (Swansea, Mass.) from second. After Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.) crossed the plate on an error, Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, RI) drove home a pair of runs on a single to right field.
Worcester State threatened in the bottom half of the inning when the first two runners reached base before UMass Dartmouth collected an out. Collett escaped the jam by striking out the next two batters.
In the sixth inning, Polignone ripped his second double of the game down the left field line, scoring Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) from second base to cushion the lead at 5-0. Polignone then scored on the next ball put in play, and the Corsairs tacked on one more run in the seventh inning, when Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) drew a bases-loaded walk.
Inside the Numbers
- As a staff, the Corsairs yielded the Lancers to six hits, issued a pair of walks and struck out 11 batters.
- Brennan took the loss for Worcester State, after giving up four runs in three innings of work, despite fanning nine batters.
- Freshman Kevin Larkin (Bristol, Conn.) was the lone Lancer to reach base safely more than once. The right fielder went 2-3 at the plate.
- UMass Dartmouth has now opened the season against Worcester State for three straight years, coming out on top in all three contests.
UMass Dartmouth will take off for its annual spring Florida trip on Wednesday, with the first game scheduled for Friday against Thomas More at 9 a.m. at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla.