PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Baseball team capitalized on five Johnson & Wales (R.I.) errors, holding on for a 6-4 win at Scotts Miracle-Gro Field in non-conference action Friday afternoon.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 6, Johnson & Wales (R.I.) 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (6-6) | Johnson & Wales (R.I.) (4-3)
How it Happened
Senior Sean Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) got the starting nod for the road Corsairs, lasting 4.1 innings while striking out seven with three earned runs. Offensively, UMass Dartmouth was paced by the trio of Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.), Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) and Jack Harrington (Barnstable, Mass.), who each collected two hits.
UMass Dartmouth opened with a pair of two-out runs in the first. After Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) and Cacciola drew walks, Ramirez would score on a single to centerfield off the bat of Harrington. Cacciola then competed his trip by taking home plate on a double-steal by the Corsairs
In the bottom of the third, junior Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.) singled to centerfield, scoring Brandon Polignone (Peabody, Mass.) from third. Tellier laced a two-out double down the line before scoring on an error by the shortstop to make it 4-0.
The Wildcats would answer the UMass Dartmouth offense in the bottom half of the second, as Armani Henderson (Johnston, R.I.) scored on an error. In the third, Johnson & Wales cut the lead in half, as Dave Matthews (Cranston, R.I.) singled to the second baseman, driving in Rob Ballinger (South Kingston, R.I.) from third.
The home team would eventually knot the score in the bottom of the fifth, as the Wildcats struck twice in the inning. Back-to-back hits from Matthews and Edison Mercado (Providence, R.I.) would tie the game up at 4-4.
After a scoreless sixth, UMass Dartmouth regained the lead for good in the seventh as Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) drove in Tellier on a double to give the Corsairs the 5-4 advantage. UMass Dartmouth tacked on an insurance one run in the ninth, when Cacciola drove a double to right centerfield, scoring Sanchez from first.
Inside the Numbers
- Zack DelVecchio (Braintree, Mass.) picks up his first collegiate win after throwing 2.2 innings of no-hit baseball.
- Robbie Carrillo (Melrose, Mass.) closed the door on the Wildcats, pitching a scoreless eighth and ninth to collect his first career save.
- The Corsairs swiped six bags against the Wildcats, tying their single-game season high.
- UMass Dartmouth now holds a 13-5 all-time record over Johnson & Wales (R.I.)
- The last Johnson & Wales (R.I.) win in the series came in 2011, when the Wildcats prevailed 11-6.
The Corsairs' home-opener is on tap for tomorrow, as UMass Dartmouth hosts Rivier for a pair of seven-inning games starting at 11 a.m.