Baseball Splits LEC Doubleheader with Plymouth State

Baseball Splits LEC Doubleheader with Plymouth State

DARTMOUTH, Mass. The tale of two ballgames ended in a split of a doubleheader between Little East Conference members Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth on Saturday. The Panthers grabbed their first league win of the year as the visiting squad narrowly edged out their hosts, 2-1, in a 12 inning pitcher's duel, while the Corsairs avenged their defeat by outslugging Plymouth State, 12-10, in a 30-hit barrage in game two.  

How it Happened 

Game One: Plymouth State 2, UMass Dartmouth 1 

  • Corsair senior starter Matt Cronin (Framingham, Mass.) did not allow a hit until two outs in the sixth, relinquishing a double to senior Ryan Boldwin (Penacook, N.H.) off the right field wall.  

  • The Panthers would be the first to score in the conference pitcher's duel, taking until the tenth when they made back-to-back wild pitches hurt the hosts on a go-ahead RBI knock by senior Geoff Kayo (Londonderry, N.H.). 

  • UMass Dartmouth would not quit in its turn at the plate, quickly getting its first hitter in junior Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) on base with a walk. After classmate Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) followed in Tellier's footsteps with a walk of his own, Plymouth State intentionally walked senior Pat Vartanian (Canton, Mass.) to load the bases with one out. Junior Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) then delivered in the clutch by lacing a single through the left side, tying it up via scoring Tellier before the potential game-winning run in Knell was called out at home on the throw by left fielder Andrew Salta (Laconia, N.H.).  

  • Action continued into the 12th, when Salta worked a bases-loaded walk to seize the 2-1 advantage. 

Game Two: UMass Dartmouth 12, Plymouth State 10 

  • Plymouth State took advantage of a two-out error in the second inning to place three unearned runs on the board (3-0). The Corsairs retaliated to make it a new ballgame on an RBI groundout from Baker and a run-producing single by Wood to bookend an error by the visiting shortstop (3-3).  

  • The visitors then posted a four-spot in the fourth, collecting four hits around two Corsair errors. 

  • Back-to-back doubles by Tellier and Knell rung in the fifth, putting the first of three runs on the board. Junior Tucker Hetherman (Webster, Mass.) collected a run-yielding single through the left side before a double-steal worked to perfection as senior Jack Harrington (Barnstable, Mass.) motored home (7-6). 

  • Plymouth State grabbed two runs on the same ball in the dirt that the Corsair backstop could not immediately locate, extending the lead back to three (9-6). In the hosts' next turn at the dish, Knell uncorked a three-run jack that sailed over the trees in left to re-tie the affair (9-9). 

  • An opposite field single by freshman Jon Candiales (Attleboro, Mass.) got things going in the bottom of the seventh for the Corsairs, taking the lead for the first time of the day on DiSarcina's triple to deep right center (10-9). The Blue and Gold kept the momentum going on senior Chris Wood's (Berkley, Mass.) RBI double to the same gap (11-9), later scoring on a big hit to left by Knell (12-9). 

  • Plymouth State tallied its final run of the day on a sacrifice fly by Salta (12-10). 

Inside the Numbers 

Game One: 

  • The Corsairs stranded 12 on base.  

  • The pitcher's duel between Cronin and Panther senior Cam Cossette (Milford, Mass.) saw UMass Dartmouth's starter go nine shutout innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven after 115 pitches; his Plymouth State counterpart went eight scoreless frames, yielding five hits and four walks on 112 tosses.   

  • UMass Dartmouth junior JR DiSarcina (Barnstable, Mass.) extended his hitting streak to 15, dating back to the second game of the season.  

Game Two: 

  • Knell finished with a game-high five RBI.  

  • The owner of three hits in four trips to the plate, DiSarcina now stands on a 16-game hitting streak. The shortstop has eight multi-hit games in the span, including the last four consecutive contests. He has also scored in 11 of those battles, collecting seven walks along the way. 

  • UMass Dartmouth's top five hitters combined to go 12-for-21 (.571), as each registered at least a run scored and multi-hit outings.  

  • All of the Corsairs' scoring came in three's, posting a trio in the second, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings.  

Up Next 

The Blue and Gold host regional rival Endicott tomorrow at 11 a.m. Plymouth State takes the week off before heading to Boston for a league twin bill with the Beacons on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. 

Recap by: Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant 

Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21