Vasquez Stays Hot as Baseball Staves Off Hawk Comeback

Vasquez Stays Hot as Baseball Staves Off Hawk Comeback

BRISTOL, R.I. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth offense put forward a well-rounded effort, seeing eight different Corsairs register hits at the dish, in its triumph over Roger Williams by a score of 13-12 on Thursday afternoon.

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 13, Roger Williams 12

Records: Corsairs 13-8, Hawks 10-13

How it Happened

With another second-inning offensive scoring push to continue its season-long pattern, junior Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.) brought home the first of the Corsairs' three runs in the frame with an RBI single up the middle. Sophomore Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) then plated Wood on an infield single to double the lead, setting up senior Josh O'Neil (Halifax, Mass.) for an RBI opportunity in the following at-bat. The second baseman came through for the Blue and Gold, capping off the scoring.

After a quiet first four innings for the hosts, Roger Williams erupted for a six run fifth. After scratching two runs across without getting the ball out of the infield, freshman Brandon Jenkins (East Bridgewater, Mass.) slapped a two-run single the opposite way to seize a 4-3 lead. Not to be outdone by his fellow first-year teammate, Tyler Cedeno (Maynard, Mass.) doubled home another pair to double-up on the visitors, 6-3.

Wasting no time in snatching the momentum right back, UMass Dartmouth took to its next chance at the plate to post a crooked number of its own. With the bases loaded, a crucial error by center fielder Bryan Goodwin (Belmont, Mass.) yielded a score for the Corsairs. After Knell's sac fly to right brought the squad within one, O'Neil delivered a missile that deflected off of freshman pitcher Brett Gauvin (Norton, Mass.), knotting the affair at six apiece. Showing signs of former major leaguer Jason Kendall, leadoff-hitting catcher Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) put UMass Dartmouth back in the lead with a run-scoring single for a 7-6 advantage. After reaching, he scampered to the next station on a wild pitch; catcher Chris Bosco (North Andover, Mass.) attempted to throw his counterpart out, but an errant throw allowed O'Neil to trot home.

Trading runs in each half of the seventh, UMass Dartmouth put up four more in their next highest-scoring inning of ballgames – the eighth. The hosts showed their fight once more, piecing together a sequence of a double, single, error, and single to make it just a one run ballgame. Freshman pitcher Logan Maitland (Tiverton, R.I.) got the most important out of the evening via a strikeout of sophomore Tyler Rondeau (Bourne, Mass.) for what would be the final play of the affair due to darkness.

Inside the Numbers

  • Making his first career start on the bump, sophomore Shane Reardon (Kinnelon, N.J.) finished with a line of 4.1 innings, three hits, two runs and five strikeouts. 
  • Baker padded his reached-base streak to 16 games, approaching teammate Nate Tellier's (Attleboro, Mass.) longest span of 18 games from earlier this year. 
  • In his past seven games, junior Jose Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass.) is hitting 16-for-30 (.533), scored ten runs, hit four doubles, HR, and eight RBI. The corner-infielder has jumped up to a tie for the team-lead in batting average, raking at a .371 clip alongside Tellier.
  • With 13 RBI on the season, O'Neil has established himself as a consistent run-producer. The senior is second on the team in the category, trailing Tellier by four.
  • The Hawks committed season-high five errors on the diamond.
  • The Corsairs improve to 8-1 on the season when leading after six innings, and 3-0 in away games.
  • UMass Dartmouth has surrendered 11 runs in the eighth inning of its battles, second after the third and ninth (14 each).
  • The Blue and Gold take both battles of the season against the Hawks, as the Corsairs notched a 13-5 victory exactly one week ago.

Up Next

UMass Dartmouth gets right back at it tomorrow when it hosts Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) at 3:30 p.m.