BOSTON – UMass Dartmouth split at UMass Boston, winning the first game with the score 4-1, but eventually falling in the second half of the twin bill, 7-4. Upon today's results, UMass Dartmouth goes to 10-13 on the season, while UMass Boston moves to 14-12, while both teams are now 2-4 in Little East Conference play.
Corsairs 4, Beacons 1
After struggling in the first inning, junior starter Sean Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) settled down and sat the next ten Beacons he faced to slow down the Boston bats.
UMass Boston got on the scoreboard quick in the bottom half of the first inning. After two quick outs, Callahan relinquished a walk and hit a batter to give the Beacons first and second. Junior Anthony Searles (Shelton, Conn.) made the Corsair starter pay with a double to right center field, which plated fellow junior David Murphy (Plymouth, Mass.) from second.
Both pitchers got into a groove after the first inning until the Corsairs got on the board in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Jose Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass.) singled down the left field line with one out. After advancing to second on a passed ball, classmate Mac Curran (Lakeville, Mass.) drew a walk. Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) followed Curran's way and drew a four pitch walk to load the bases. Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.) then cashed in, singling to right field that scored two on the play and give the Corsairs a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Curran drew a one out walk, before being lifted for a pinch runner in the form of sophomore Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.). After a strikeout, freshman Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) singled to right field, sending Courier to third. With runners on the corners, Ramirez attempted to steal second with two outs, before getting caught in a rundown long enough to score Courier from third to give the Corsairs a 3-1 advantage.
The score would remain the same until the top of the ninth. Junior Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) led off the inning with a double to left field. He followed by sophomore Jack Harrington's (Barnstable, Mass.) walk and Vasquez who reached on an error by the pitcher to load the bases. Freshman Jonathan Livolsi (Bridgewater, Mass.) grabbed an RBI the hard way, after being hit by the errant pitch to increase the led to 4-1.
In the bottom of the ninth, sophomore Matt Cronin (Framingham, Mass.) closed the door on the any potential comeback. After a groundout, strikeout and a fly out to left field, Cronin picked up his fourth save of the year.
Callahan earned his third win after striking out five over seven strong innings on the mound for the Corsairs. Senior David Tarr (Easton, Mass.) held down the three run lead for the Dartmouth after pitching a no-hit eighth as the bridge for Cronin. For UMass Boston, junior Dan Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) was credited with the loss, after yielding three runs over seven innings, striking out nine opponents.
Corsairs 4, Beacons 7
UMass Boston answered in game two, as the lead-off batters for the Beacons went 5-for-8 including four doubles in the night cap.
Once again, UMass Boston got the scoring early after striking in the second inning. Three straight hits to lead off the inning were enough as freshman Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.) singled home fellow freshman Ryan Olivo (Rochester, N.Y.).
The following inning, pitcher Curran got in a jam. After starting with back-to-back doubles from Mantoni and Murphy to put the Beacons up 2-0, Curran gathered his composure and got the next two batters to ground out and strike out. Freshman Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) singled home Murphy from second. Huegi chased Curran from the game after doubling to right center field. The Beacons would add one more run in the inning to go up 4-0 on the Corsairs.
Leading off the top of the fourth, the Corsairs answered with a run of their own. With one out, UMass Dartmouth connected on three straight singles. The third single from Vasquez scored freshman Ryan Ainslie (Weymouth, Mass.) to cut into the Beacons lead.
In bottom of the frame, UMass Boston took the run right back. A leadoff double from Lionel Danielson (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) was cashed in on a single to left field from Murphy with one out in the inning. The Beacons would tack on one more run in the bottom of the fifth when Huegi scored on a wild pitch.
The Corsairs began a comeback attempt in the seventh. Cacciola led off the inning with a single down the right field line. He would advance to third on a single to left by Vasquez, and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field. After a walk by Harrington, both runners would score on a Brandon Polignone (Peabody, Mass.) double to left field, cutting Beacons lead to 6-4.
UMass Boston added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to pull back ahead by three and closed the game.
Curran took the loss for the Corsairs after going 2.2 innings and allowing four runs and striking out a pair. Sophomore Michael Theriault (Boston, Mass.) finished the game for the UMass Dartmouth, after throwing 5.1 innings and scattering four hits and yielding three runs (two earned). Freshman JT Morin (Wilton, Conn.) got his third win of the season for the Beacons after going 6.1 innings and striking out six batters and allowing four runs. Classmate Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) collected the save after finishing up the final 2.2 innings.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they travel to Tufts to take on the Jumbos on Monday for a non-conference double header. First pitch of the first game is slated for 12:30 p.m.