AUBURNDALE, Fla. – A RBI single in the top of the ninth from Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico.) gave the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth a lasting lead on Thursday with the Corsairs securing their third win of the season by a 5-4 score over Springfield at Lake Myrtle Park.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 5, Springfield 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (3-5) | Springfield (2-3)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth rolled out four relief pitchers, combining for six scoreless innings while striking out three batters. Junior Jack Harrington (Barnstable, Mass.) launched his second homerun of the season in the fifth inning as part of his 2-for-4 day, with three RBI and a double.
The Corsair bats came alive in the third inning. After the first two batters reached base, Harrington ripped a double to right field, scoring Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.) and Sanchez. The next batter, Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.), scored Harrington on a sacrifice fly out to center, making it 3-0 in favor of the Corsairs.
The Pride took the lead in the bottom half of the third as they plated four runs on four hits. It wasn't until the fifth inning when Harrington knotted the score with his solo shot, clearing the right field fence.
UMass Dartmouth kept the score even half of the fifth when pitcher Louis Berdecia (Mahopac, N.Y.) threw out Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) at the plate following wild pitch. David Nichols (Harwich, Mass.) then emerged unscathed in the sixth with a strikeout and a routine fly ball to escape the jam unharmed.
Ryan Ainslie (Weymouth, Mass.) led off the ninth inning with base hit to the left center gap, stole second and took third on a throwing error by the catcher to begin the Corsair rally. Sanchez then drove in the go-ahead run with a single to left field. In the bottom half of the frame, freshman Robbie Carrillo (Melrose, Mass.) earned his first collegiate win, getting Joao to fly out to center with two runners on to end the game.
Inside the Numbers
- For the second-straight game, UMass Dartmouth swiped four bags.
- The Corsairs pitching staff induced a season-high 11 fly-outs, while the infield turned a pair of double-plays.
- In seven games down in Florida, the UMass Dartmouth batters have hit five homeruns to sit atop the Little East Conference, with the seven remaining teams combining for five.
- Sanchez swiped a pair of bases for the Corsairs, increasing the team's total to 19 on the year, which leads the LEC by seven.
UMass Dartmouth will meet Endicott on Friday for a doubleheader, with first pitch slated for 1:30 p.m. at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla.