WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth fell in Monday's first game against Endicott 5-3, but rebounded for an 11-4 victory as the bats came alive in the night cap at the Chain of Lakes Complex.
Scores: Endicott 5, UMass Dartmouth 3 | UMass Dartmouth 11, Endicott 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (5-6) | Endicott (5-2)
How it Happened
The Corsairs pitching staff shined in the double header against Endicott, as three pitchers combined to throw 14.0 innings and only allowed two earned runs.
Endicott 5, UMass Dartmouth 3
Senior Sean Callahan (Colchester, VT.) threw 6.2 innings, striking out seven without allowing an earned run. At the plate, Jack Harrington (Barnstable, Mass.) was perfect with a 3-for-3 outing, scoring one run.
Endicott got on the board in the second inning after scoring two runs on back-to-back sacrifice flies. The Corsairs cut the Gulls lead in half when Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) scored in the bottom half of the second.
In the next inning, Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) traded places with Harrington after doubling to right center field to tie the game up at 2-2. Junior Brandon Polignone (Peabody, Mass.) then lifted UMass Dartmouth to its first lead in the bottom of the fourth, as the junior blasted a solo home run to left center.
The top of the fifth saw the Gulls tie the game up at three, when Mike Kochiss (Fairfield, Conn.) scored on an error. The contest remained tied at three until the top of the seventh when Endicott took the lead on a single to right field, and then extended their advantage after Kochiss scored when Chris Seidl (Dracut, Mass.) was caught in a rundown.
UMass Dartmouth was able to get runners on first and third in the bottom half of the seventh, but couldn't get a run across before the final out.
UMass Dartmouth 11, Endicott 4
Senior Dylan Collett (Albany, N.Y.) went the distance for UMass Dartmouth, striking out six batters and holding the Gulls to only two earned runs. Both Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) and Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) reached base three times for the Corsairs, combining four runs and a pair of RBI.
Both teams picked up a run in their first at-bats, before UMass Dartmouth crossed the plate twice in the second, capped off by a double by Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.) to right center field. The Gulls would answer back in the third, as they notched a pair of runs to draw even at three.
The game would not remain tied for long, as Cacciola took advantage of the Endicott shift in the fourth and sent the ball to right field for a double, scoring Tellier.
The Corsairs offense then fully ignited in the top of the sixth, plating all five runs with two outs. Cacciola laced a single to right field, scoring Harrington from second. After Cacciola stole second, Mac Curran (Lakeville, Mass.) ripped a single through the right side of the infield, for two RBI. Curran would not stay on the bases long, as Polignone blasted a triple to the left field corner in the next at-bat. The final run would score on an error by the Gulls shortstop.
UMass Dartmouth tacked on two more security runs in the top of the seventh, before Collett wrapped up a 1-2-3 inning to finish the game.
Inside the Numbers
- With six strikeouts in game two, Collett ups his season total to 18 to currently top the Little East Conference.
- In the second game, Tellier swiped three bags to total 10 steals thus far on the season. He leads the Little East Conference by six.
- Last year, the Corsairs defeated the Gulls down in Florida, 7-2.
- So far this year, Callahan and Collett rank second and third in the conference in ERA with more than 10 innings pitched, sporting 1.42 and 1.93 marks, respectively.
UMass Dartmouth concludes its Florida trip tomorrow against William Paterson at Lake Myrtle Park, with first pitch schedule for 9:30 a.m.