NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team came from behind to defeat visiting Keene State, 3-2, and earn a split of their Little East Conference doubleheader at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday. Keene State won the opener, 8-7.
In the nightcap, KSC took a 2-0 lead on a first-inning solo homer by senior first baseman Greg Bates (Salem, NH/Salem HS), and freshman right fielder Brett Dootson's (Marlborough, CT/RHAM) RBI single in the third.
The Corsairs came back, getting two runs in the fifth on senior third baseman Tyler White's (Westport, MA/Westport HS/Massasoit CC) solo homer and sophomore third baseman George Aggostini 's (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/Marist) infield grounder. Aggostini's sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run in the seventh. Freshman Matt Russell (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS), who pitched three scoreless innings after relieving starter George Bent (Barnstable, MA/Barnstable GS/UMass) in the seventh, earned the win and improved to 1-1. Senior Eric Perrault (Salem, NH/Salem HS), who pitched the final three innings for Keene State took the loss and fell to 0-3.
The Owls built an early lead in the opener, scoring in the first on an RBI double by freshman shortstop Billy Hartmann (Greenland, NH/Portsmouth HS), twice in the second on a run-scoring single by freshman designated hitter Cody Dube (Windham, ME/Windham HS) and an RBI double by Bates, and once more in the third on sophomore left fielder Ian Seawards' (Dover, NH/Dover HS) sacrifice fly.
The Corsairs came back with three in the fifth, with the rally keyed by an RBI double by sophomore center fielder Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd), and tied the game in the sixth on senior catcher Matt Worden's (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) solo homer.
Dootson's sacrifice fly in the seventh put KSC ahead, but Medeiros tied the game for UMD with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, and sophomore third baseman George Aggostini (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) Marist doubled home the go-ahead run. Junior third baseman Nick Vita (Spofford, NH/Keene HS) doubled home two runs in the eighth to put the Owls back on top, and Dootson drove in an insurance run in the top of the ninth with a single. UMD got a run back in its half of the ninth on Medeiros' triple and a double by freshman right fielder Connor Shaw (Goffstown, NH/Goffstown HS), but Dube, who relieved starter Chris Crutcher (Sr. Londonderry, NH/Londonderry HS/Southern New Hampshire) in the seventh, retired the side to end the game. Dube earned the win and improved to 3-1, while UMD sophomore starter Nick Fuller (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) took the loss and fell to 0-3.
"We've been preaching all along that we have to play a clean game, get good, consistent starting pitching, get into a good pace and rhythm, and get some timely hits, and that's what we did in the second game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "Tyler White came up with a big hit in the second game and changed the momentum a little bit, and Matt Russell came in and did a fantastic job for us. George's sacrifice fly was a big play. He was facing a tough lefty and had two strikes on him, but he fought off a couple of pitched and got us the lead. Matt threw very well, coming in and getting ahead of hitters and mixing up his pitches. We're putting ourselves in position to win. Making the little plays makes all the difference in the world."
The Corsairs are now 6-10 and 1-3 in the LEC, while the Owls are 8-14 and 2-2 in LEC play. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Brandeis Monday. Keene State will host Salve Regina Sunday.
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