Michael’s Walk-Off Single Drives Baseball Past UMass Boston in LEC Tournament

Michael’s Walk-Off Single Drives Baseball Past UMass Boston in LEC Tournament

GORHAM, Maine  After a 14-hour halt due to darkness left the game tied at the end of the eighth, junior Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) stepped in with runners on first and second to lace a walk-off single for the No. 3 seed University of Massachusetts Dartmouth over No. 2 seed UMass Boston. With the 8-7 victory, the Corsairs rise to 2-0 on the Little East Conference Tournament.

The Basics
Score: UMass Dartmouth 8, UMass Boston 7
Records: UMass Dartmouth (24-18) | #21/22 UMass Boston (30-10)

How it Happened

Home runs from both Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) and Brandon Polignone (Peabody, Mass.) powered the UMass Dartmouth offense, as the duo combined for five RBIs. The Beacons were led by Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.), who went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. 

UMass Dartmouth jumped out to early advantage, pushing across one run in the home half of the second, when Michael knocked a ground-out to second, scoring Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.).

The Beacons answered back in the top of the third with a pair of tallies when Boudrias singled to right field, but junior Mac Curran (Lakeville, Mass.) singled to right field to tie the game in the fourth, scoring Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) from second. 

UMass Dartmouth broke the game open in the fifth inning, when Knell launched his fifth long-ball of the season over the centerfield fence. After the Beacons plated one run in the top of the sixth, Polignone upped the lead to 7-3 with a two-run homer to left field. 

UMass Boston rallied in the top of the eighth as the Beacons scored four runs to tie the game on a Boudrias single through the right side. After the game was halted due to darkness after the eighth inning, the Corsairs resumed on Friday morning with Polignone gunning down the stealing runner to close the top of the ninth. 

With the momentum in UMass Dartmouth's favor, the Corsairs proceed to place runners on first and second, where Michael found a gap in left field to walk-off. 

Inside the Numbers

  • In three of the last four seasons, UMass Dartmouth has won its opening two LEC Tournament games, with the last 2-0 start coming in 2015.
  • With the Beacons sitting in both national polls, the Corsairs clinch their fourth victory over a ranked opponent on the season.
  • The Corsairs rise to 2-1 on the season versus the Beacons, who currently sit behind only Southern Maine in the latest New England Regional Rankings.
  • With a steal in the third inning, freshman Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) became the ninth Corsair in program history to swipe 25 bags in a season and the first since Mike Gendreau in 1991.
  • With two long balls on Thursday, the Corsairs have blasted three homers in the past two contests at Ed Flaherty Field.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth will play the winner of No. 6 Keene State and UMass Boston in the night cap, scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. The Owls and Beacons will meet in an elimination game beforehand.