Early Scores Help Baseball Defeat St. Olaf

Senior shortstop John Granahan

WINTER HAVEN, FL-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team scored twice in each of their first two at bats and went on to defeat St. Olaf, 7-3, at the Russ Matt Baseball Invitational at Chain O'Lakes Field #2 Tuesday.

Senior shortstop John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine) gave the Corsairs a 1-0 lead with a first inning RBI single, and freshman first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/ Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce) followed with a sacrifice fly. UMass Dartmouth doubled their lead in their next at bat and never trailed.

Junior right hander Tyler White (Westport, MA/Westport HS/Massasoit CC) went seven innings, allowing eight hits and striking out 10 to improve his record to 1-0 before senior right hander Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) finished up.

Freshman third baseman Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd) had two hits, including the Corsairs' first home run in Florida and second of the season. Junior catcher Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), sophomore outfielder Kyle Palen (Becket, MA/Wahconah HS) and sophomore second baseman Bedward Ortiz (La Vega, DR/Worcester Doherty HS) each had two hits, with Worden and Palen each driving in a run and Ortiz driving home two. 

"We got good pitching, we made the plays defensively and we scored early, and that allowed us to be able to move some guys around the bases and put pressure on St. Olaf," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "We played a clean game, we only made one error, and we helped ourselves defensively."

UMass Dartmouth improved to 4-3 with the victory, while St. Olaf dropped to 2-9 with the defeat.  The Corsairs will return to action when they meet Sewanee and Union Wednesday.

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