DANBURY, CT-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team broke a 6-6 tie with eight runs in the seventh inning, then scored five more in the eighth to defeat host Western Connecticut State, 19-7, and earn a split of their Little East Conference doubleheader at Westside Field Saturday. The Colonials won the opener, 18-0.
Freshman second Nate Farias (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) broke a 6-6 tie with an infield grounder in the top of the seventh inning of the nightcap. Sophomore center fielder Wayne Bolz (Billerica, MA/Billerica Memorial HS) drove in a run with a single, sophomore designated hitter Bedward Ortiz (La Vega, DR/Worcester Doherty HS) added an RBI single, freshman center fielder Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS) knocked in two runs with a double, freshman right fielder Luke Bomback (Swansea, MA/Case HS) doubled home another run, and junior third baseman Corey Allison (Taunton, MA/Coyle-Cassidy HS) drove in the final two runs of the inning with a single. Medeiros drove in two runs and Allison had another RBI in the five-run eighth, after which the game ended because of the 10-run rule.
Senior right-hander Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) went all the way for the Corsairs and earned the win, improving to 3-0. Dave Alarcon, the second WCSU pitcher, took the loss and fell to 0-2.
Western Connecticut scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning of the opener, then scored 14 runs in their final three at bats to end the game after seven innings due to the 10-run rule. First baseman Bill Eannotti homered and drove in three runs for the Colonials, while second baseman Zack Dandrea, shortstop Bobby Coyne and catcher David Simone also drove in three runs apiece. Nick Vig went the route for WCSU, earning the win and improving to 2-5. Sophomore Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton Rehoboth HS) started and took the loss and fell to 4-3.
"I liked the way we responded, especially after we went down, 4-0 in the first inning of the second game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "Our backs were against the wall, and we needed a split after we lost the first game. We responded and we came back in the second game, we got 24 hits and we made the plays."
UMass Dartmouth is now 14-18 and 3-7 in the Little East Conference, while Western Connecticut State is now 13-18 and 2-8 in the LEC. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Babson Monday.
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