UMass Dartmouth Splits with 16/23 Southern Maine, Earns LEC’s No. 3 Seed

UMass Dartmouth Splits with 16/23 Southern Maine, Earns LEC’s No. 3 Seed

GORHAM, Maine – After falling in game one to the Huskies, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth came through in the clutch with a 4-3 win over No. 16/23 Southern Maine to wrap up the regular season and the No. 3 seed for the Little East Conference Tournament on Thursday.

The Basics
Scores: Southern Maine 9, UMass Dartmouth 1 | UMass Dartmouth 4, Southern Maine 0
Records: UMass Dartmouth (22-18, 9-5 LEC) | Southern Maine (28-9, 11-1 LEC)

How it Happened
Southern Maine 9, UMass Dartmouth 1
Junior Mac Curran (Lakeville, Mass.) drove in the lone UMass Dartmouth run, singling to right center field to drive in Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico).

Southern Maine was paced by Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine) who was 2-for-4 at the dish, including a two-run home run for three RBIs. On the mound, Dalton Rice (Waterford, Maine) went 6.2 innings, fanning 11 batters.

The Huskies would get on the board early, as the home team scored one run in the bottom of the third when Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) rounded home on a sacrifice fly to right field. UMass Dartmouth tied the game at 1-1 in the top half of the fourth, as the Corsairs used three consecutive singles capped by Curran to push across the tying tally.

Southern Maine would extend their lead in the home half of the fourth, as the Huskies capitalized on back-to-back doubles and Corsair miscues. The Huskies then put the game away with five runs over the sixth and seventh innings, pushing the lead out of reach for UMass Dartmouth.

UMass Dartmouth 4, Southern Maine 3

The tempo in the nightcap was controlled by both starting pitchers as senior Sean Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) rolled through the Southern Maine lineup, limiting the potent offense to just five hits through 6.1 innings of work. The Huskies started Tom Fortier (Falmouth, ME.) who lasted just three innings despite allowing just one hit.

UMass Dartmouth produced on that lone hit, as sophomore Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) singled to right field, scoring both Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) and Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.). The Corsairs would tack on a third run in the inning with freshman Mike Knell's (Dennis, Mass.) sacrifice fly to right field, plating freshman Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.).

The Huskies would finally get on the scoreboard with one run in the home half of the fifth. The UMass Dartmouth lead would slowly disappear as Southern Maine would push across runs in both the sixth and the seventh to knot the score at three. Freshman Robbie Carrillo (Melrose, Mass.) then came on in relief for UMass Dartmouth in the seventh, throwing 1.2 inning of no-hit baseball to limit the damage.

The Corsairs would regain the lead in the top of the eighth as Ramirez singled to the third baseman, later reaching home on Knell's double down the left field line, making the margin 4-3.

Tellier held off the Huskies for his first career save in the ninth, getting a strikeout and a pair of fly-outs to end the contest.

Inside the Numbers

  • In Callahan's last five starts, the senior has pitched 33.2 innings, with a 1.60 ERA. The righty has struck out 27 batters, while only allowing six earned runs. The Corsairs are 4-1 in those games. 
  • In game two, the UMass Dartmouth bullpen pitched 2.2 of shutout baseball.
  • With the win in game two, UMass Dartmouth snaps a five-game losing streak to the Huskies, with the last win coming at Southern Maine on May 1, 2015. The Corsairs have now claimed three wins over nationally ranked opponents this season (Salve Regina, Tufts).

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth will head into next week's Little East Conference Tournament as the No. 3 seed, trekking back north to Southern Maine starting Wednesday. The Corsairs will open the double-elimination weekend against No. 4 Eastern Connecticut.