AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Trinity (Conn.) registered a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to force extra innings on Saturday, and held of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the 10th to prevail 10-9 in the Corsairs' second spring training game at Lake Myrtle Park.
Score: Trinity (Conn.) 10, UMass Dartmouth 9 (10 inn.)
Records: Trinity (Conn.) (1-0) | UMass Dartmouth (1-2)
How it Happened
Senior Dylan Collett (Albany, N.Y.) started the game out strong for UMass Dartmouth, as the senior struck out seven batters in five innings of work. The combination of junior Jack Harrington (Barnstable, Mass.) and senior Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) went 4-for-8 at the dish and drove in six runs for the Corsairs.
Both teams were able to score a run in the first inning, before both starters settled in. In the bottom of the third, Cacciola and Harrington ripped back-to-back hits to give the 3-1 lead to the Corsairs.
After Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.) scored on a Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) sacrifice fly to centerfield in the fourth inning, the Bantams exploded for four runs, all scored with two outs in the inning. Trinity would extend their advantage to 7-4 by scoring a pair of runs in the top half of the seventh inning.
In the bottom of the eigh,t the Corsairs bats came alive, beginning with an Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) RBI-double down the left field line.. Cacciola laced a single through the left side of the Bantams' infield, plating a pair, and the inning was capped off when Harrington blasted a two-run homerun over the right field fence to give UMass Dartmouth the 9-7 advantage.
Trinity then drew even again in the top half of the ninth as they scored a pair of runs, but the go-ahead run was halted as Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) cut the runner down with a throw from left field.
In the bottom of the 10th, UMass Dartmouth was able to get the lead runner on and advanced to third, but couldn't plate the run.
Inside the Numbers
- Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) consistently produced at the dish for the Corsairs as the freshman went 3-for-4 including a walk.
- Sanchez was 2-for-3 with a walk, and was able to score every time he reached base.
- The UMass Dartmouth batters were patient at the plate, as the team drew nine walks, the most since they were issued nine at Suffolk on April 30, 2015.
The Corsairs return to Lake Myrtle to take on Centenary (N.J.) on the main field at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening.