BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Ben Lodge (Blackstone, Mass.) battled his way through 6.2 innings while receiving four-spot from his offense in the sixth to structure the sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's triumph over #4 Rhode Island College. The Corsairs won its second straight elimination game, setting themselves up to be one win away from the LEC championship.
Score: #6 UMass Dartmouth 6, #4 Rhode Island College 4
Records: Corsairs 25-14, Anchormen 20-15
How it Happened
Corsair leadoff slugger Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) set the table nicely for the squad right away, blooping a single to shallow right-center amongst four Anchormen in no-man's land. A batter later, the sophomore stole second before dashing to third on the throw that eluded second baseman Nate Vigeant (Coventry, R.I.). Classmate Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) hammered a hard ground ball to the hot corner at third baseman Ray Zincone (West Warwick, R.I.) who was playing back, but Tellier's speed outran Zincone's throw for the 1-0 lead.
The Anchormen tied it up in the third with an unearned score, with senior Shaun Vigeant (Coventry, R.I.) reaching on shortstop Erick Ramirez's (Boston, Mass.) throw that just barely pulled Baker off the first base bag.
After jumping ahead in the fifth on Tellier's RBI double just inside the right field line to place senior Josh O'Neil (Halifax, Mass.), the Corsairs opened up the flood gates with four runs in the sixth to swell the lead to five. A sac fly by senior Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) put the squad ahead, with the breathing room coming by way of RBI hits by junior Pat Vartanian (Canton, Mass.), Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.) and O'Neil.
UMass Dartmouth senior starter Lodge exited after scattering four hits and one run (unearned) over 6.2 innings, trooping through 122 total pitches to give way to reliever Mac Curran (Lakeville, Mass.) with two Anchormen aboard. The lefty grounded senior Frank Pettinato (Cranston, R.I.) out to Ramirez, who ranged to the glove side behind second base and fired over to first to dead the Rhode Island rally.
A quiet top half of the eighth at the dish for the Corsairs allowed the Anchormen to get right back into the dugout, scratching two runs across via a bases-loaded walk and then a passed ball. Rhode Island inched closer to make the score 6-4 on senior Brad Douglas' (South Kingstown, R.I.) ground ball to the right side that was stabbed and put away by a sliding O'Neil.
Corsair freshman Logan Maitland (Tiverton, R.I.) closed out the ninth by finishing strong and consistently attacking the opposition, striking out Pettinato with a high fastball to advance to a date with #2 Eastern Connecticut.
Inside the Numbers
- Corsair pitchers stranded 11 Anchormen on base, limiting the opponent's batting average to .167 on the game.
- Maitland earned his sixth save of the season.
- Tellier reached base for the 10th straight game, extending his hit-streak to six. The pair of hits gives him 18 multi-hit contests on the season.
- O'Neil finished 2-for-4 at the dish, notching his ninth multi-knock game as a consistent sparkplug at the bottom of the order.
- After splitting the season series with a win apiece, the Blue and Gold take the 2018 bragging rights to the Corsair-Anchormen set, 2-1.
- Six different Corsairs scored in the victory.
- UMass Dartmouth improves its record to 22-5 when out-hitting the opponent.
#6 UMass Dartmouth is right back on the field to play #2 Eastern Connecticut at 6 p.m. with the victor headed to the LEC championship against #1 UMass Boston.