Ervin Kantardzic's Grand Slam Powers Baseball Past Anchormen

Ervin Kantardzic's Grand Slam Powers Baseball Past Anchormen

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Corsairs pounded out 14 hits and scored 11 runs to defeat Little East opponent Rhode Island College 11-1 Monday afternoon. With the win, UMass Dartmouth sweeps the Anchormen for the 2016 season and has taken the last three games. The Corsairs improve to 13-17 and 5-5 in Little East action, while Rhode Island College falls to 12-19-2 and drop to 1-9 in the conference.

Junior Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) and sophomore Ervin Kantardzic (Roslindale, Mass.) combined to go 4-for-7 and drive in eight runs to power the Corsair offense.

UMass Dartmouth got on the board first in the top of the second after a one-out double from Brandon Polignone (Peabody, Mass.) before scoring on a single up the middle off the bat of Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.) to take the early 1-0 lead.

Rhode Island College tied the game up at 1 after Scott Linnane (North Kingston, R.I) sent a pitch over the left field wall.

The Corsairs answered back in the top of the fourth. With two outs in the inning, Cacciola drove a ball up the middle to score both DeVon King (Carver, Mass.) and O'Neill. After a single and a hit by pitch to load the bases, Kantardzic blasted his second grand slam of the season, extending the UMass Dartmouth lead to 7-1. The visiting Corsairs added one more run on in the top of the fifth after Cacciola reached on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded.

UMass Dartmouth would sink the Anchormen for good in the top of the ninth following back-to-back doubles from King and Ryan Ainslie (Weymouth, Mass.), capped off by a single by Cacciola to put the Corsairs up 11-1.

Senior Aaron Chouinard (Swansea, Mass.) started and won both games against the Anchormen in less than a week, striking out 18 total in 15 innings of work with the only two runs coming on solo blasts.  Sophomore Matt Cronin (Framingham, Mass) finished the game after pitching a perfect ninth inning for the Corsairs. Sophomore Myles Levy (Cranston, R.I.) took the loss for Rhode Island College, lasting only 3.2  innings after giving up seven runs on seven hits, including a six-run fourth inning.

The Corsairs will look to collect their third win in four games when they travel to Roger Williams on Wednesday with first pitch coming at 3:30 p.m.