NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Host Rhode Island College exploded for 10 runs in their final three at bats to break open a close game and defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 13-3, in a Little East Conference game at Anchorman Field Tuesday.
The Corsairs took the early lead in their first at bat on a two-run homer by senior shortstop John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine) and a run-scoring double by freshman right fielder Luke Bomback (Swansea, MA/Case HS), but RIC came back with a pair of runs in their half on RBI singles by first baseman Dan Hopkins and designated hitter Alex Verrecchia and tied it in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Brent Hopkins.
Center fielder Kevin Carey and shortstop Kyle Allaire singled home runs and Dan Hopkins had a two-run single as RIC scored four times to take a 7-3 lead in the fifth. Right fielder Dean Grasso hit a solo homer in the sixth and Brent Hopkins hit a three-run homer in the seventh before second baseman Joan Mustafa doubled home the fourth run of the inning and ended the game on the 10-run rule. Stephen Lapatin started for RIC and earned the win to improve to 4-2, while freshman Nick Carafa (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS/Southern New Hampshire), who relieved freshman starter Nate Farias (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) in the second inning, took the loss and fell to 1-5.
"We didn't do the little things we needed to do to win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "We didn't execute at the plate, in the field or on the mound. It was nice to go ahead early, but we missed some opportunities to score some more runs and left the door open. We needed to score a couple of more runs to get a comfortable lead, and we didn't do it."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 13-16 and 2-6 in the Little East Conference, while RIC improved to 18-10 and 5-3 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Bridgewater State Thursday.
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