DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Corsair starting pitchers Matt Cronin (Framingham, Mass.) and Ryan Bruning (Centerville, Mass.) combined to pitch 16 innings while yielding just three runs over both games, but Little East Conference (LEC) rival Southern Maine bested the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Saturday's doubleheader.
Score: Southern Maine 8, UMass Dartmouth 3 (Game 1) | Southern Maine 2, UMass Dartmouth 1 (Game 2)
Records: Southern Maine (11-6, 3-1 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (11-7, 0-4 LEC)
How it Happened
Game 1: Southern Maine 8, UMass Dartmouth 3
Cronin went deep into game one, going seven innings and surrendering just two Huskie hits and letting up just one unearned run. The junior struck out five and handed out two bases-on-balls. Junior Jose Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass.) picked up right where he left off with his hot-hitting at the plate from Thursday, picking up two more base-knocks and a run scored on the afternoon. Sophomore Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) also carried over his strong play from last game into game one, driving home two.
The Blue and Gold followed their second inning scoring trend for yet another contest this season, touching the plate thrice in the frame. After nine-hole hitter Josh O'Neil (Halifax, Mass.) worked a bases-loaded walk for an RBI, Tellier picked up a two-run single to right center for a 3-0 Corsair advantage.
Down by a score of 3-1 in the ninth in their last chance at the plate, Southern Maine junior Devin Warren (Smithfield, Me.) got to UMass Dartmouth reliever Logan Maitland (Tiverton, R.I.) as the outfielder doubled to the gap to score sophomore Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Me.), bringing the squad within one. In the ensuing at-bat, sophomore shortstop Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) lined the delivery up the first base line just out of the reach of the diving Vasquez, tying things up at three.
A quiet bottom half of the ninth inning for the Corsairs yielded extra innings for the opening game, queuing up another Southern Maine rally. Back-to-back singles opened the frame to place runners on first and second for the Huskies as sophomore first baseman Andrew Hillier (Bangor, Me.) strode to the dish. With the Corsairs charging inwards for an anticipated bunt, the second-year corner-infielder grounded back to Maitland; the hurler fielded the comebacker and attempted to get the lead runner out on a throw to the hot corner, but the try was erratic to allow two Huskies to score. The visitors added two more on as insurance, and then put the victory in their back pocket after setting down UMass Dartmouth 1-2-3 in the bottom of the tenth.
Game Two: Southern Maine 2, UMass Dartmouth 1
Bruning took the tough loss for the hosts this afternoon despite turning in a terrific effort of nine innings on two runs and six hits. He finished his day with 103 pitches and locating 69 for strikes.
One of Bruning's few blemishes was the homer let up to Warren, whose solo shot gave the visitors an early 1-0 advantage in the second inning. In the fourth, it was Warren once again with an RBI, this time via the sacrifice fly variety that Corsair left fielder Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.) ran down deep in foul territory to plate Hapworth.
UMass Dartmouth's lone source of offense in the second battle was off the bat of sophomore Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.), who tattooed a line-drive homer just over the left field wall in the sixth. Unfortunately for the Corsairs, the squad could not mount a comeback as they ran into Huskie reliever Jake Dexter (Oakland, Me.) once again.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth's run scoring total in the second inning of ballgames is now 25 through the team's first 18 games.
- Tellier extends his streak of reaching base to 18 games, accounting for all contests thus far on the season.
- The sophomore is also currently riding a nine-game hitting streak, the longest such consecutive string on the team this year.
- The Corsairs tied their season-high for number of runners left on base (11), matching its Mar. 15 battle vs. Benedictine.
- Game two marked the first contest on the year that the Blue and Gold pitching staff had not allowed a single walk.
UMass Dartmouth will host the Beavers of Babson College on Monday, Apr. 9 at 3:30 p.m.