NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team split a doubleheader against visiting Plymouth State in the 2012 Little East Conference opener for both schools at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Friday. The Corsairs won the opener, 3-2 and Panthers took the nightcap, 12-6.
In the first game, the Corsairs broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. Freshman third baseman Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd) reached on an error by Panthers junior third baseman Rew Wilson (Niantic, CT/East Lyme HS), then scored on a double by freshman infielder Nate Farias (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS), giving UMD a 1-0 lead. The Panthers evened the score at 1-1 in the top of the seventh inning. PSU sophomore shortstop Tucker Regan (Niantic, CT/East Lyme HS) singled, advanced on a sacrifice, and then scored on a single from freshman infielder Paul Reny (South Portland, ME/S. Portland HS). UMD used a two-run eighth inning to pull away from the Panthers. Senior outfielder Dan DeMello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) had an RBI single, then scored on a fielder's choice by senior shortstop John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine), putting the Corsairs up 3-1 going into the ninth inning. PSU added a run in the ninth on an RBI single by senior second baseman Ryan McIntosh (Lincoln, NH/Lin-Wood HS) and had a chance to tie the game but UMD senior closer Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) entered the game and got the final two outs, securing the 3-2 victory for UMass-Dartmouth. Corsairs sophomore pitcher Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) earned the win, throwing 8.1 innings with nine strikeouts and surrendered two runs. Lavey earned the save for UMD. PSU senior pitcher Bobby Chatfield (Sharon, CT/Housatonic Valley Reg. HS) took the loss, allowing three runs in seven innings of work with nine strikeouts.
In the second game, the Panthers took an early 1-0 lead. After being hit by a pitch, McIntosh scored on an RBI single from senior designated hitter Luke Merrill (Pittsburg, NH/Pittsburg HS) giving PSU a 1-0 lead after the first inning. UMD tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning. Freshman infielder Luke Bomback (Swansea, MA/Case HS) doubled then scored on an RBI single by Farias. The Panthers plated three more runs in the third inning. McIntosh scored on an RBI single by Merrill, then Merrill and senior first baseman Mike Cappiello (Westfield, NJ/Westfield HS) scored on a two-run single by sophomore outfielder Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, NH/Kingswood HS), pushing the PSU lead to 4-1. A two-run home run from Reny in the top of the fourth increased the Panthers lead to 6-1. Plymouth State continued their offensive surge in the fourth inning, scoring four runs. Runnals scored two runs on an RBI single, and then came around to score on an RBI single from junior outfielder Brendan Cosgrove (Merrimack, NH/Merrimack HS). Cosgrove would score on a single by McIntosh, making it 10-1 entering the bottom of the fifth. UMD rallied back with a five-run fifth inning, powered by RBI singles from Granahan and junior catcher Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), followed by three-run home run from Medeiros, pulling the Corsair within four runs, 10-6. The Panthers added insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings en route to the 12-6 victory for Plymouth State. PSU senior pitcher Jonathan Bishop (Woburn, MA/Woburn Memorial HS) earned the win in 7.2 inning of work, allowing six runs with nine strikeouts. UMD freshman pitcher Nick Carafa (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS) took the loss, allowing six runs on five hits in 3.1 innings with a strikeout.
"We got a great effort from Karney Boff in the first game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "He has been fantastic for us. We got some timely hits and played good defense. In the second game, we fell down early to a decent pitcher, we tried to claw our way back, we gave up some innings offensively with quick 1-2-3 at-bats, and we didn't gain that momentum that we should have. I feel confident going into Sunday's game, it's a game we can compete in. We need to get a good starting effort with solid defense and the offense should take care of itself."
UMass Dartmouth is now 9-6 and 1-1 in the Little East Conference, while Plymouth State is now 8-8 and 1-1 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Brandeis Sunday. The Panthers will visit Babson Sunday.
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