AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth gave up a big inning in a tightly contested game against Centenary (N.J.), with the Cyclones exploding for seven runs in the bottom half of the seventh to silence the Corsairs at Lake Myrtle Park on Sunday night.
Score: Centenary (N.J.) 14, UMass Dartmouth 5
Records: Centenary (N.J.) (1-4) | UMass Dartmouth (1-3)
How it Happened
Junior Benjamin Lodge (Blackstone, Mass.) started the game for the Corsairs as the right hander threw six innings, striking out seven batters. On the offensive end, senior Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) went 3-for-3 at the plate, and also went yard along with sophomore Erik Ramirez (Boston, Mass.).
In the bottom of the first, the Cyclones crossed home plate three times as their hitters found holes in the UMass Dartmouth defense. In the top half of the second, Brandon Polignone (Peabody, Mass.) ripped a double off the left field fence, scoring Cacciola from third. Polignone would not waste much time on the bases as Ramirez blasted the first pitch he saw off the left field scoreboard to knot the score at 3.
Centenary regained the lead as their offense tacked on two runs in both the third and the fourth to push the lead to 7-3. The score lasted until Cacciola smashed a line-drive homer over the left field fence on the first pitch.
The UMass Dartmouth defense unraveled in the bottom half of the seventh with four errors, leading to seven Cyclone runs. In the last at-bats for the Corsairs, Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) laced a double to the left center gap, before scoring on a Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.) single up the middle.
Inside the Numbers
- For Centenary, Casey Brown (Easton, Pa.) picked up the team's first win on they year, allowing four runs in seven innings of work.
- The Corsairs permitted 14 runs, the most since giving up 16 at Salve Regina last year on April 6, 2016.
- The last time UMass Dartmouth had five errors in the field was in 2016 when it surrendered six in a 7-6 loss to Roger Williams.
UMass Dartmouth looks to get back on the winning track as they take on St. Norbert on Monday at Lake Myrtle on Field #3 starting at 3:30 p.m.