BOSTON, Mass. – Four costly errors plagued the #6 upset-minded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the final two innings as the #1 Beacons came from behind to take Game One of the 2018 Little East Conference (LEC) baseball tournament. Sophomore Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) drilled a career-high two doubles in the loss.
Score: No. 5 Beacons 7, Corsairs 3
Records: UMass Dartmouth 23-14, UMass Boston 31-8
How it Happened
The top-seeded Beacons would tally a run in the second and third innings, taking advantage of favorable counts to take the 2-0 lead through the first leg of the contest. UMass Dartmouth nearly scratched across a score in the early going with sophomore Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) standing on second with two outs, but a spectacular diving grab by the left fielder Anthony Cecere robbed Corsair junior Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.) of an RBI.
The Corsairs would not have its building offensive momentum be shunned in the following frame, as sophomore Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) laced a double to centerfield just out of the reach of the sprawling Sal Frosceno to get the visitors on the board. Junior Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) would score his fellow infielder by drilling a single through the left side to knot the scoring at two.
With runners on first and second with no one out in the top of the fifth, junior Jose Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass.) lofted a bunt up the first base line but the ball sailed over the charging first baseman to hit the turf for a successful sacrifice bunt. Senior Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) got the job done by grounding out to the shortstop for an RBI, allowing the Blue and Gold to seize a 3-2 lead.
The hosts would take the lead in the seventh by crossing a pair of unearned runs, taking advantage of fielding miscues. In the eighth, the Beacons added three more to balloon their lead to four, rounding out the 7-3 victory.
Inside the Numbers
- Knell added a run scored and an RBI to his career-best pair of doubles today, leading the squad with two base-knocks for his sixth multi-hit game of the year.
- The Beacons stranded the bases loaded on three separate occasions for a total of 13 left on base.
- UMass Dartmouth continues to be haunted by eighth inning woes, as opponents have now put up 28 runs in the penultimate frame of ballgames this season. The stanza is the highest output for foes in 37 games this year.
- The Corsairs move to 15-3 on the campaign when leading after six, and 2-8 when outhit by the opponent.
- The intrastate rivals have now met in six straight tournaments for a total of nine battles, with UMass Dartmouth holding the slight edge with a 5-4 record.
The #6 Corsairs will face the victor of the #2 versus #5 seeds, featuring Eastern Connecticut and Plymouth State, respectively. Game Three will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday.