Baseball Runs Away from Worcester State, 16-3

Baseball Runs Away from Worcester State, 16-3

AUBURN, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team took a 15-0 lead after their first five at bats and routed host Worcester State, 16-3, in a non-conference game at Lemansky Field Thursday.

Senior right-hander John Quigg (Weymouth, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) took a shutout into the ninth inning and earned his first win of the season, pitching the first eight innings and allowing three runs and seven hits while walking one and striking out eight.

The Corsairs scored on RBI singles by senior third baseman Tyler White (Westport, MA/Westport HS/Massasoit CC and freshman second baseman Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, RI/Exeter HS) in the second inning en route to a 3-0 lead, sophomore third baseman George Aggostini (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/Marist) singled in two runs in a four-run fourth, and UMD scored eight times in the top of the fifth to break the game open. Cacciola singled in one run, sophomore center fielder Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd) singled in two more, Aggostini doubled home two runs and senior catcher Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) walked with the bases loaded to drive in another run.

Aggostini led the attack with three hits and four RBIs, as the Corsairs had 12 hits and took advantage of seven walks and four WSU errors.

"We played well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "We talked about focusing on ourselves rather than our opponents, and we did that today. We executed in the field, John Quigg pitched very well, carrying a shutout into the ninth inning, and he had great rhythm and pace. We swung the bats well. They came out with a couple of good pitchers, but we didn't go out and chase a lot of pitches. We'd like to keep it going and keep on playing clean defense."

The Corsairs improved to 5-9 with the victory, while the Lancers dropped to 5-12 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Keene State Saturday in a Little East Conference doubleheader.  Worcester State will host MCLA Saturday.