MEDFORD, Mass. – Tufts rallied in both games to sweep Monday's doubleheader against UMass Dartmouth. The Corsairs fall to 10-15, while the Jumbos increase to 18-4 on the year.
Tufts 9, Corsairs 5
Nine unanswered runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning were too much as the Corsairs fell to Tufts in the first game, 9-5.
UMass Dartmouth got on the board early as freshman Ryan Ainslie (Weymouth, Mass.) singled through the right side with one out. Ainslie would score when junior Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) blasted his team-leading fourth home run over the fence to give the visiting Corsairs a quick 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, UMass Dartmouth would extend its lead to 5-0. Sophomore Mac Curran (Lakeville, Mass.) led off the inning with a single through the right side of the infield; classmate Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) drew a walk to give the Corsairs first and second. After a ground out to the pitcher by freshman Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) that advanced both runners, sophomore Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.) grounded out to the Jumbo shortstop to score Curran from third. Freshman DeVon King (Carver, Mass.) produced the second hit of the inning when he singled to right to score Michael. The Corsairs would add one more when King scored on a balk by the Tufts pitcher.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Tufts brought 14 batters to the plate and scored nine runs to take the lead. The first four batters of the inning reached base safely, before senior Steve Colella (Leominster, Mass.) struck out senior Cody McCallum (Rutherford, N.J.) with the bases loaded and one run in. The next two batters hit a single and a double to score four more runs and chase Colella from his start. The Jumbos would not stop there. After back to back walks forced another pitching change, a bases-loaded fielder's choice sacrificed a run, but gave Tufts two outs in the inning. A passed ball and a single to center field capped off the mammoth frame for the Jumbos.
The last two innings for went 1-2-3 for both sides as neither team could gain a base runner.
In the first four innings, Colella was lights out for the Corsairs as he did not allow a Jumbo past second base. The senior from Leominster was credited with the loss and dropped to 2-3 on the year, after going 4.1 innings, striking out five and yielding six hits. Freshman Joe Thomas (Kansas City, Mo.) collected his second win of the year, after going 5 innings and allowing six hits and five runs. He was relieved at the beginning of the sixth as senior Andrew David (Pacific, Mo.) pitched the final two innings, striking out three and not allowing a hit.
Tufts 13, Corsairs 8
Freshman DeVon King (Carver, Mass.) and sophomore Brandon Polignone (Peabody, Mass.) both recorded three hits in game two as a six-run top of the fifth was not enough, with the Jumbos rallying to down the Corsairs 13-8 in the second half of the twin bill.
UMass Dartmouth got on the scoreboard early again as they struck in the top of the second inning. After a leadoff double down the left field line from Curran, sophomore Jose Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass.) singled to center field to score his teammate. Tufts answered back in the bottom half of the inning when sophomore Nick Falkson (Dedham, Mass.) scored on a passed ball.
The Corsairs took the lead again in the top of the third when King crossed the plate as Cacciola reached on a fielder's choice.
Tufts once again had a big inning, as they scored six runs in the bottom of the third. Six of the first seven batters for the Jumbos reached base, including a two run homer from junior Harry Brown (Beverly, Mass.), before Corsair starter Ainslie got the hook. Tufts would score two more runs before senior Matt Russell (Townsend, Mass.) retired the side.
In the top of the fifth the Corsairs answered back with six runs of their own after bringing 12 batters to the plate. Four straight batters reached base safely before Tufts could get the second out of the inning. With the bases still loaded and two outs, the Corsairs would tack on two more with a single and a hit by pitch to take the lead.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Tufts answered back with two of their own to regain the lead. The first four batters reached safely, plating a pair to give the Jumbos a 9-8 lead. Tufts put the game out of reach after posting four runs in the bottom half of the sixth.
Freshman Chase Hussey (Claremont, N.H.) took the loss for the Corsairs after surrendering two runs in the fifth. Russell had a solid outing in 1.2 innings of relief, striking out two and allowing two hits. Senior Matt Moser (Great Falls, Va.) collected the win for the Jumbos after pitching the final 2.2 innings and striking out three. Freshman R.J. Hall (Marietta, Ga.) got the start for Tufts upon scattering 9 hits over 4.1 innings of work and yielding six runs (four earned).
UMass Dartmouth will look to snap a three game skid as they return to Little East Conference action to host Rhode Island College on Tuesday with first pitch coming at 3:30 p.m.