PROVIDENCE, RI- First baseman Justin Rainville doubled home a pair of runs in the last of the seventh to give host Rhode Island College the lead in the game for the first time, and the Anchormen held on to outlast the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team, 15-14, in a Little East Conference game at Anchorman Field Tuesday.
After RIC came back from a 13-5 deficit to tie the game, sophomore third baseman George Aggostini (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/Marist) singled home a run in the top of the seventh to put the Corsairs on top. But the Anchormen went ahead in their half of the inning, and UMD would not score again.
The Corsairs jumped out on top with three runs in the top of the first, scoring once on Aggostini's RBI double and twice more on a double by senior catcher Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS). RIC came back with a pair in their half of the first on a two-run homer by catcher Matt Foley.
UMD got four more in the second on RBI singles by Aggostini and sophomore left fielder Luke Bomback (Swansea, MA/Case HS), and a two-run single by Worden. Third baseman Justin Costa hit a three-run homer in the fourth for the Anchormen to cut the UMD lead to 8-5.
Sophomore designated hitter Alex Newton (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy/Franklin Pierce) hit a solo homer for the Corsairs in the fourth, then slammed a three-run homer in a four-run fifth that made it 13-5. Designated hitter Alex Verrecchia got a run back for RIC when he homered in the last of the fifth. The Anchormen came back to tie the game with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth, scoring once on a wild pitch, four more on Costa's grand slam home run, and twice on an error.
"We didn't put the game away," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "We were up, 13-5, and we didn't come through on either side of the ball. We gave away some at bats late in the game. We didn't make the plays when we needed to, and we had opportunities to win the game and didn't take advantage of them."
Kyle Morvan, the third pitcher for RIC, limited UMD to one run and two hits over the last four innings and earned the win, improving to 1-0. Freshman right-hander Brian Clark (Newfields, NH/Exeter HS), the fourth UMass Dartmouth pitcher, took the loss and fell to 0-1.
The Corsairs dropped to 10-14 and 3-4 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Anchormen improved to 7-21 and 2-5 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Bridgewater State on Thursday. RIC will visit Curry Thursday.
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