WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team scored four runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 5-1 victory this afternoon at Westfield State University.
The Corsairs have won four of their past five games to raise their overall record to 10-11, while the Owls dipped below .500 with a 9-10 mark.
UMass Dartmouth charged out of the gates, sending eight batters to the plate to produce four runs on four hits. Junior Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford) led off with a single, while classmate Nate Farias (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) followed with a single to centerfield. The Corsairs capitalized one a Westfield State defensive miscue to crack the scoring column. Junior Alex Newton (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) drew a walk to load the bases, and sophomore Connor Shaw (Goffstown, N.H.) ripped a RBI single to centerfield. The Owls traded a double play for a run, but freshman Evan Eldridge (Danvers, Mass.) capped the frame with a run-producing single to give the visitors a 4-0 lead.
UMass Dartmouth continued to apply the offensive pressure in the second, when Farias started a two-out rally by working a walk and classmate Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) followed with a single. Newton drove in the Corsairs' final run of the afternoon with a single up the middle.
The visitors provided sophomore George Bent (Barnstable, Mass.) with more than enough run support as the righty turned in his second straight quality start for his first victory of the season. The Barnstable, Mass. product allowed one run on 10 hits, while striking out three. Sophomore Josh Tombs (Kingstown, R.I./South Kingstown) pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the Corsairs' second consecutive win over a MASCAC opponent.
Shaw led the UMass Dartmouth offensive attack with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate, while Medeiros also registered a pair of base knocks.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at noon on Saturday, April 12, when the Corsairs square off against intra-state rival University of Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference doubleheader at Campanelli Stadium in Brocton, Mass.