Baseball Powers Past Framingham State, 17-4

Baseball Powers Past Framingham State, 17-4

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team exploded for 14 runs in its first three at bats and went on to defeat visiting Framingham State, 17-5, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Wednesday.

The Corsairs, who have scored 32 runs in their last two games, took an early lead when sophomore center fielder Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd) led off the game with a solo home run. Sophomore designated hitter Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce) drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and senior catcher Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) singled home a third run.

In the last of the second, Medeiros doubled home one run, freshman right fielder Connor Shaw (Goffstown, PA/Goffstown HS) and sophomore third baseman George Aggostini (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/Marist) each singled home another, and Worden capped the rally with a grand slam homer. Newton doubled home two runs in a four-run third that left the Corsairs with a 14-3 lead after three innings. Worden finished with five RBIs, while Aggostini had three hits in a game in which 25 UMD players saw action.

Senior right hander John Quigg (Weymouth, MA/Archbishop Williams HS), who relieved freshman starter Joshua Tombs (Kingstown, RI/South Kingstown HS) in the fourth, was credited with the win, pitching two innings and allowing one hit and an unearned run. Freshman right hander Kevin Quin (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS), who started for the Rams, took the loss.

"We've got some guys who can swing the bats pretty well, and they're working hard and have a good approach at the plate," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "We've been driving the ball, putting the ball in play hard, and made the other team make plays, and when you do that, good things usually happen. We've also had a lot of two-out, run-producing hits."

The Corsairs improved to 4-6 with the victory, while the Rams fell to 4-9 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host UMass Boston Saturday. Framingham State will visit Mass Maritime Friday.