PROVIDENCE, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team defeated host Johnson & Wales, 6-2, in a non-conference game at Pierce Field Tuesday.
The Corsairs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Freshman left fielder Mike LaFlamme (Bedford, NH/Bedford HS/Tampa) walked, stole second, and scored on a single by senior second baseman Dan DeMello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS). DeMello stole second and scored on a hit by freshman first baseman Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce).
UMass Dartmouth added another run in the fourth when junior designated hitter Mike St. Martin (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) drove in freshman third baseman Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd).with a sacrifice fly.
The Wildcats got on the board in the last of the fourth, scoring twice on back-to-back RBI singles by designated hitter Tyler Pacheco and third baseman Jake Dickerson.
UMD increased their lead in the top of the fifth when senior shortstop John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine) and junior catcher Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) hit solo home runs.
Worden homered again in the top of the seventh to make it 6-2.
Freshman Nate Farias (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) earned the victory, pitching the first five innings and allowing two runs and four hits to improve to 2-1. Junior Aaron Brunette (North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) followed with three innings of scoreless relief, striking out six, and senior Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) blanked JWU in the ninth. Aldo Morales pitched the first five innings for the Wildcats and yielded five runs. He took the loss and fell to 1-4.
"Our guys did a great job in terms of waiting for their pitch, and when they got it, they tagged it," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "Nate did a very good job on the mound. He walked the first two guys, and then settled down. Aaron threw very well for us. We did a great job of managing their running game. They love to run and put the pressure on you, and our pitchers did a good job of mixing up their rhythm and keeping them close."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 8-5 with the victory, while Johnson & Wales dropped to 8-8 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Framingham State Wednesday.
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