AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth fell in Monday's first game against St. Norbert 10-6, but rebounded to snap its four-game skid with a 8-5 win in the night cap of the doubleheader at Lake Myrtle Park.
Scores: St. Norbert 10, UMass Dartmouth 6 | UMass Dartmouth 8, St. Norbert 5 (6 inn.)
Records: UMass Dartmouth (2-4) | St. Norbert's (2-2)
How it Happened
St. Norbert 10, UMass Dartmouth 6
The Green Knights were able to take advantage early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first frame on three wild pitches and capped the contest with five more in the sixth.
UMass Dartmouth was paced by freshman Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) and senior Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.), who registered multiple hits, and junior Mac Curran's (Lakeville, Mass.) four RBI, with three coming via the long ball.
After three runs crossed home for the Green Knights in the opening frame, UMass Dartmouth collected itself with four unanswered runs over the next two innings. In the second, sophomore Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) plated freshman Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) before Curran sent his three-run blast over the right field fence in the third.
St. Norbert would regain the lead as they would cross twice in the fourth, and extended the lead with just one hit in the sixth. With the bases loaded, Hunter Larson (Marquette, Mich.) drew a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded to open the floodgates. In the next at-bat, Tyler Banovich (Midlothian, Ill.) drove in two runs with a single, and Larson crossed home on a wild pitch moments later. Banovich would cap the flurry of runs on a sacrifice fly by Griffin Jack (Neenah, Wis.).
The Corsairs would threaten in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with one out, and were able to score twice before the Green Knight closed the door on the rally.
On the mound, Banovich picked up the save, with Jason Malkowski (Greenville, Wis.) hurling six innings for three earned runs on seven Corsair hits and five strikeouts. For UMass Dartmouth, Gianni Esposito (Peabody, Mass.) took the loss with three earned runs on two hits, striking out five in five innings.
UMass Dartmouth 8, St. Norbert 5
Three runs in the sixth inning were enough to put the Corsairs over the top before the skies opened up, as Ramirez and sophomore Cote Monte (Swansea, Mass.) combined for six RBI on five hits. Tellier earned his first career win in the final 1.1 innings for UMass Dartmouth, striking out three of the six batters he faced.
St. Norbert would once again jump out the early lead, scoring twice on a Nathan Jack (Neenah, Wis.) double to left field. UMass Dartmouth would come storming back in the second, when Monte laced a double with two outs, plating a pair baserunners. In the next at-bat, Ramirez sent Monte home with a single to right field, bumping the Corsairs up 3-2.
The Green Knights tied the game in the fourth after a silent third, when the Corsairs turned a double play while Sean Ferraro (Libertyville, Ill.) headed home from third. Ramirez again took back the lead for with his second double of the game in UMass Dartmouth's at-bat, driving in Monte and Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.).
St. Norbert wouldn't go quietly, cutting the Corsair advantage to 5-4 in the sixth with a two-RBI single off the bat of Derek Klegin (Marinette, Wis.), but Tellier was able to get out of the inning with his first K for the final out. UMass Dartmouth then added three more tallies onto what would be the final score, as the game was called due to rain midway through the sixth.
Inside the Numbers
- Curran has now notched a home run at Lake Myrtle Park for his first hit of the season in back-to-back years.
- Through five games on the season, Cacciola tops the Corsair roster with 10 hits and seven RBI while batting .556.
UMass Dartmouth will break tomorrow before meeting Ramapo on Wednesday starting at 4:30 p.m. at Lake Myrtle Park.