DARTMOUTH, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth posted five runs in each end of its Little East Conference doubleheader to split the pair of decisions with Rhode Island College to round out the 2019 regular season on Senior Day at the UMD Baseball Field on Friday afternoon.
How it Happened
Game One: Anchormen 10, Corsairs 5
- Rhode Island College scored in two-thirds of Game One's innings, posting multiple in the third, fifth, and seventh. The junior trio Nate Vigeant (Coventry, R.I.), Ryan Rotondo (Warwick, R.I.), and Josh Silva (Seekonk, Mass.) each penciled in three-plus hits next to their names while combining for seven runs.
- Junior Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) led the way for the Blue and Gold with a pair of hits including an RBI and a run scored. The catcher was right in the middle of Corsairs' five-run seventh inning that also saw RBI singles from senior Pat Vartanian (Canton, Mass.) and juniors Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) and JR DiSarcina (Barnstable, Mass.). Classmate Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) capped off the team's scoring with a bases loaded walk to cut the deficit to four (9-5).
Game Two: Corsairs 5, Anchormen 3
- Anchorman senior Tyler Calabro (Cumberland, R.I.) got his team on the squad first in the nightcap with an RBI single but UMass Dartmouth made use of another five-run inning, this time in the fourth, to take a lead that they would never relinquish.
- Vartanian ripped a line drive to left that fell short of Calabro's dive to plate Tellier and senior Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.) (2-1). Freshman Jon Candiales (Attleboro, Mass.) and DiSarcina then worked back-to-back bases-loaded walks ahead of Wood's hit-by-pitch (5-1).
- Rhode Island College scratched across a pair of unearned runs in the seventh to narrow the gap (5-3), but were ultimately mowed down by the closer in Tellier who struck out all eight of the batters he faced in his 2.2 innings on the bump to close it out.
Inside the Numbers
- Visiting junior Ray Zincone (West Warwick, Mass.) collected a game-high three RBI to go along with his two hits and run scored.
- Six different Anchormen drove in a run.
- Corsair freshman Nick Carr (Sandwich, Mass.) has scored a run in each of his last three appearances, crossing the plate after pinch running in the seventh.
- Tellier toed the rubber with the punch out on his mind en route to his sixth save of the season as his eight strikeouts marked a new career high. His previous best was six, which he had done twice before with the Corsairs (Mar. 11, 2018 vs. Springfield; Mar. 26, 2019 vs. #23 UMass Boston).
- On the season, the two-way junior is averaging a career best 14.05 K/9 over 24.1 frames, eclipsing his 10.57 ratio from his freshman campaign done over 7.2 innings. After entering the season with 21 strikeouts, he has punched out 38 in 2019.
- Vartanian posted his sixth multi-RBI performance of the year, doing so via his team-leading 14th double of the year.
- Freshman Logan Maitland (Tiverton, R.I.) registered his third victory of the season by not allowing an earned run in 4.1 frames of action.
- Corsair starter Matt Cronin (Framingham, Mass.) picked up four strikeouts in his pair of innings this afternoon, sliding him to 70 in 64.2 innings. The senior righty trails just Anchorman Mike Webb (Pawtucket, R.I.) who has 94.
- The Corsairs close the regular season with 215 runs in 36 games for an average of 5.97 scores per contest. The offense sent 18 out of the park.
Stay tuned to littleeast.com for more information on postseason scheduling.
(Recap by: Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)