DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team powered its way to a sweep of Rivier University in Saturday's home-opening doubleheader, downing the Raiders by 5-3 and 15-3 scores, respectively.
Scores: UMass Dartmouth 5, Rivier 3 | UMass Dartmouth 15, Rivier 3
Records: UMass Dartmouth (8-6) | Rivier (1-9)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth 5, Rivier 3
Dylan Collett (Albany, N.Y.) nearly went the distance for the Corsairs, throwing 6.1 innings while striking out a season high eight batters and held a no-hitter through 5.2 innings. Zack Reid (Dighton, Mass.) picked up the save for UMass Dartmouth.
The Corsairs managed to get a run across in the bottom half of the third, when senior Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) ripped a double to the right center gap, scoring Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.) from second.
UMass Dartmouth padded its lead in the fourth inning, as Cotey Monte (Swansea, Mass.) singled to centerfield to round Jacen Hudson (Alvirne, N.H.) from second. Monte would score on a Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) single to left field.
In the top half of the sixth, Rivier cut into the Corsair lead. With two outs, Jonathan De La Cruz (Haverhill, Mass.) scored on a balk. The Raiders tallied one more run on a single to left field by Drew Neely (Lakeland, Fla.), scoring Tyler Ferdinand (Wareham, Mass.) from second.
Monte added another RBI in the bottom half of the inning with a double over the left fielder's head, scoring Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.) from third and tacked on a final run as Tellier doubled to left center field sending Monte home.
UMass Dartmouth 15, Rivier 3
Benjamin Lodge (Blackstone, Mass.) started game two for the home team, going five innings, and striking out eight batters while his offense produced 12 RBI on 11 hits to easily seal the sweep.
For the second straight game, the Corsairs jumped out the early lead. Tellier drew the leadoff walk and eventually scored on a passed ball. Cacciola then proceeded to launch a one-out solo homerun over the left field fence to cap a two-run first inning.
The Corsairs then struck for five runs in the third an build a comfortable 7-0 advantage. The first five batters reached base with all making the trip across home. Tellier led off the inning with a base hit to right field. After stealing second and third, the freshman would score on a throwing error by the catcher. A walk and a hit-by-pitch set the table for an Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) double to right center field for two RBI. Ramirez walked home on Courier's two-run homer that cleared the trees in left field.
UMass Dartmouth would continue to pile on the runs, scoring eight runs over the next three innings to negate the Raiders' three runs in the sixth. In the fourth, the Corsairs used three hits, including a Cacciola double to score two. The fifth saw a pair of hit and three walks for a trio of runs. In the last trip to the plate, Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) blasted a two-run homerun to dead center.
Inside the Numbers
- Collett now leads the Little East Conference in wins (3) and strikeouts (26) and sits fourth in ERA (1.33).
- Courier and Tellier led the way for the UMass Dartmouth offense, each going 4-for-6 at the plate and score three runs. Tellier drove in three RBIs, including swiping three bags.
- After stealing seven bases in the two games today, the Corsairs increase their conference-best steal total to 39.
- In game two, UMass Dartmouth hit three home runs, the most by a Corsair team since belting four against Framingham State last season.
- 15 runs is the most that the UMass Dartmouth offense has put up since hanging 20 against Framingham State last year.
- Saturday marked the first two meetings between UMass Dartmouth and Rivier in the history of both programs.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Roger Williams on Monday, with first pitch scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Rivier will return to action at Fisher on Tuesday, with the start time at 7 p.m.