Corsairs and Beacons Split Little East Doubleheader

BROCKTON, Mass. -- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth sophomore Steve Colella (Leominster, Mass.) earned his first Little East Conference victory as the Corsairs defeated intra-state rival University of Massachusetts Boston 10-4 to salvage a split of the conference doubleheader this afternoon at Campanelli Stadium.

In the opener, UMass Boston scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally past UMass Dartmouth.  The Corsairs (11-12) and the Beacons (10-11) remain tied in the conference standings with a 3-3 mark.

UMass Boston 8 UMass Dartmouth 4    

Junior George Agonstini (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored to lead the eight-hit UMass Dartmouth attack.  Sophomore Matt Russell (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex) was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in, while junior Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) reached base safely twice with a hit and a walk. 

Junior Nick Fuller (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford) provided the Corsairs with a strong outing, allowing three hits and one run, while striking out six.  Fuller was in line for his first win of the season, departing the contest after six innings. 

However, the Beacons capitalized on the visitors' wild bullpen mixed with some timely hitting to produce a seven-run, seventh.  Three UMass Dartmouth relief pitchers combined for three walks and three hit batsmen to create quality scoring chances for the hosts.  Senior Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.) laced a RBI double to trim the UMass Boston deficit to 4-2, while junior Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) followed suit with a two-run double to forge a 4-all tie. The Beacons took advantage of a wild pitch, hit by pitch, and a Corsair fielding error to score their next three runs, while freshman Daniel Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) capped the rally with a RBI single to centerfield to stake UMass Boston to a 8-4 victory.

Senior Daniel Heefner (Tracy, Calif.) threw three scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory.  Heefner limited the visitors to just a double to raise his individual record to 2-1.  Junior Kyle Szatrowski (Agawam, Mass.) tossed the first six frames, surrendering three earned runs on seven hits, while fanning four.

UMass Dartmouth 10 UMass Boston 4

UMass Dartmouth strung together four consecutive singles to lead off the top of the fourth inning, sparking a three-run rally to provide the Corsairs will more than enough run support for Colella.  Junior Alberto Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass./O'Bryant) fueled the surge with a single to right field, while classmate Nate Farias (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) moved Vasquez to third with a shot down the right field line.  The visitors continued to pepper right field as junior Alex Newton (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) laced a RBI single, while DeMedeiros ripped a run-scoring single to third base.  With one out, Russell capped the surge with a single to centerfield to plate Newton and give the Corsairs a 4-2 lead.

UMass Dartmouth extended its advantage with two runs in the sixth, while Colella held the Beacons at-bay through the middle innings.  Colella retired the first batter he faced in the seventh, but gave up a triple and a hits basemen to conclude his outing. 

UMass Boston was able to stratch across a run in the seventh and eighth to bridge its deficit to 6-4.  The Corsairs  were not going to allow the hosts to use some late-game magic for the second consecutive contest, exploding for four runs in the top of the ninth to seal the contest.

Freshman Sean Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) earned his first collegiate save, hurling two innings of relief.  Callahan slammed the door shut on the Beacons in the ninth, retiring the side in order.

DeMedeiros was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored, and three RBI to pace the visitors' offensive attack.  Newton was 2-for-4 from the dish with three runs batted in, while Russell drove in a pair of runs.  Vasquez, Russell, and junior Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford) each recorded a pair of hits.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14, when the Corsairs travel to Babson College for a non-conference tilt.