DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Despite two homers off the bat of Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) and 11 Corsair hits, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth fell to Wheaton (Mass.) by an 11-6 score in non-conference action on Tuesday.
Score: Wheaton 11, UMass Dartmouth 6
Records: Wheaton (Mass.) (23-13) | UMass Dartmouth (21-16)
How it Happened
Senior Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) and junior Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) continued their hot streak in the heart of the Corsairs lineup, with both batters collecting three hits on the afternoon. For the Lyons, Mike Bruemmel (Bridgewater, Mass.) got the start, going six innings, while fanning nine. Nick Raposo (Johnston, RI) went 3-for-5 at the plate, with four runs driven in on the day.
Wheaton jumped out to an early lead in the second inning, plating three runs on two hits down the left field line. The Corsairs answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning, as Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.) reached on an infield single, driving in Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) from third.
In the third, the Lyons struck five times on four singles to extend the lead out of reach. UMass Dartmouth chipped away in the home half of the fifth as Sanchez dropped a triple to right field, followed by a Michael double to left center. Wheaton would answer back in the fifth as they plated two with back-to-back doubles to left field and a single to the right center gap.
The Corsairs would pick up two runs in their half of the fifth inning. With a runner on first, Ramirez sent the 2-1 offering over the left field fence for a two run shot. Both teams would plate one run in the sixth inning, before both bullpens quieted the offensive output from the lineups until the bottom half of the ninth inning when UMass Dartmouth plated a run on a Cacciola single.
Inside the Numbers
- The UMass Dartmouth bullpen tossed six innings in relief, yielding just three hits.
- Wheaton, ranked No. 2 in the New England regional rankings, snapped a five-game skid with the victory over the No. 13-ranked Corsairs.
- The Lyons improve to 17-3-1 all-time against the Corsairs, with Wheaton taking the last five meetings.
UMass Dartmouth wraps up their home schedule tomorrow against Brandeis, with the first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The Lyons close their regular season against Eastern Connecticut tomorrow for a 7 p.m. start.