Extra-Inning Rally Helps Baseball Earn Split


AUBURNDALE, FL-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team split their doubleheader against Sewanee and Union at the Russ Matt Baseball Invitational at Lake Myrtle Park Wednesday. The Corsairs fell to Sewanee, 11-10, and then defeated Union in 12 innings, 8-5.

In the opener, the Corsairs rallied after trailing in the fourth inning, 10-2. The Tigers scored four runs in the third and six in the fourth, but the Corsairs scored five times in the sixth to cut the lead to 10-9. Sewanee scored in the top of the seventh and UMD replied in the bottom of the eighth, but couldn't get the tying run across despite outhitting Sewanee, 17-9.

Senior outfielder Dan DeMello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) went four for five with two doubles for UMD, freshman outfielder Luke Bomback (Somerset, MA/Case HS) was three for five, and freshman third baseman Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd) had a pair of hits. Freshman right-hander John Connor (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) started and took the loss.

"Our defense didn't play well, we didn't execute defensively behind out pitchers, and we went down early," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "We made a great comeback, and it just fell short in the last inning."

The Corsairs broke a 5-5 tie in the nightcap with three runs in the top of the 12th inning. Freshman first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce) reached on an error, junior catcher Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) singled, and freshman outfielder Mike LaFlamme (Bedford, NH/Bedford HS/Tampa) singled him home. UMD then loaded the bases, and winning pitcher John Quigg (Jr. Weymouth, MA/Archbishop Williams HS), who came to bat because Worden had moved from designated hitter to catcher, bunted down the first base line. Three fielders converged on the bunt and let it roll, and by the time it stopped, two more runs had scored. Quigg pitched the final two innings for the win. Freshman Nate Farias (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) started, and allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings of work.

Senior shortstop John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine) had two hits and two RBIs, Worden had three hits, and Newton and Medeiros each had two hits.

"We were getting low on pitching, and we had to make a couple of moves and move our DH into the field," said Prince. "Nate Farias started, and pitched very well for us."

UMass Dartmouth is now 5-4, while Sewanee is now 8-11 and Union is 4-3.  The Corsairs will conclude their spring trip when they meet Elmhurst Thursday.


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