AUBURNDALE, Fla. – After the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth rose to a one-run lead, Ramapo exploded for five runs in the fifth to eventually sink the Corsairs 7-3 at Lake Myrtle Park on Wednesday evening.
Score: Ramapo 7, UMass Dartmouth 3
Records: Ramapo (2-3) | UMass Dartmouth (2-5)
How it Happened
Freshman Zack DelVecchio (Braintree, Mass.) threw the final three innings of one-hit baseball in relief for the Corsairs. Offensively, senior Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) paced the Corsairs, going 2-of-5 at the dish including a double and an RBI.
After Ramapo's Kyle Haag (Bergenfield, N.J.) permitted eight hits as the starter in the first 4.1 innings, the trio of Greg Westhelle (Norwood, N.J.), Robert Sartori (Ramsey, N.J.) and Kevin Foulds (Sparta, N.J.) curbed UMass Dartmouth with just two hits and eight strikeouts in the final 4.2 frames.
UMass Dartmouth starter Mac Curran (Lakeville, Mass.) got through a clean first inning, until the Roadrunners dropped down three bunts in the top half of the second to tally a run. In the bottom half, the Corsairs answered with a run of their own as Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.) laced a single to left field, scoring Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) from third.
After Ramapo regained the lead in the top of the fifth, UMass Dartmouth responded with a pair of runs on four hits in the end of the frame. O'Neill led off with a single up the middle, and in the next at-bat Sanchez drove him home with a ball off the left field fence. With one out, Sanchez crossed the plate when Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) drove a base-hit up the middle to give the Corsairs their only lead.
The top of the sixth saw the first six Roadrunners reach base safely, and Bobby Shannon (Flanders, N.J.) capped off the five-run stanza for his team with a three-run shot over the left-field fence.
Inside the Numbers
- With three steals tonight, Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) leads the Little East Conference with seven stolen bases through the first seven contests.
- Ramapo dropped 13 base hits, but only two for extra bags on the evening.
- The sixth inning has been a struggle for UMass Dartmouth so far this season, as the Corsairs are being outscored 20-6 on the frame in seven games.
- The Corsairs infield turned three double-plays on the contest, their highest total since totaling three against Worcester State last season.
UMass Dartmouth takes the field against fellow Northeast regional opponent in Springfield tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. at Lake Myrtle Park.