WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Thomas More battled back from a 7-1 deficit, scoring six runs in the sixth inning to knot the score before prevailing over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for a 13-9 final score in the Corsairs' debut at the RussMat Invitational on Friday.
Score: Thomas More 13, UMass Dartmouth 9
Records: Thomas More (4-1) | UMass Dartmouth (1-1)
How it Happened
Senior Sean Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) started the game out strong for UMass Dartmouth, as the senior struck out six batters in five innings of work. Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) was locked in at the plate, as the junior outfielder went 4-of-5 including three doubles and a triple for three RBI.
After the Saints drove in a run in the top half of the first, the Corsairs scored twice with two outs in the inning. Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) crossed the plate on a Jack Harrington (Barnstable, Mass.) single up the middle, before Harrington scored on a wild pitch.
UMass Dartmouth piled on the runs, as the Corsairs registered five over the next three innings. Thomas More scored a run in the top of the fifth to make it a five-run deficit, before the Saints eventually shutdown the UMass Dartmouth offense over the next four innings.
The Saints ignited in the top half of the sixth to plate six runs in the inning to retake the lead. With three more in the eighth, Thomas More stretched the lead 11-7 and added an insurance run in the ninth. The Corsairs were able to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth before Thomas More put the stamp on the game.
Inside the Numbers
- Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) and Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.) both went 2-for-4 at the dish for the Corsairs. Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) drove in a pair of runs.
- Noah Frantz (Crestwood, Ky.) picked up the win for the Saints, as the junior pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief. UMass Dartmouth rattled the Thomas More starter, as Griffin Smallwood (Lakeside Park, Ky.) only lasted four innings with the Corsairs scoring seven runs against the freshman.
- Six doubles marks the most for a Corsair baseball team since they hit seven against UMass Boston on May 7, 2015.
- The Saints avenge a 10-6 loss to the Corsairs in Florida on March 13, 2015.
The Corsairs will look to bounce back against Trinity (Conn.) on Saturday, with the game slated to take place at Lake Myrtle in Auburndale, Fla.