DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth relinquished its lead after allowing three unanswered runs in the top of the ninth, as the Corsairs fell to visiting Worcester State 6-4 in non-conference action Thursday afternoon.
Score: Worcester State 6, UMass Dartmouth 4
Records: Worcester State (4-7) | UMass Dartmouth (9-8)
How it Happened
Corsair sophomore Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) was the lone UMass Dartmouth player to register multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Freshman pitcher Gianni Esposito (Peabody, Mass.) got the start, only going three innings, and only allowing one run on one hit.
For the Lancers, Ben Palatino (Hudson, Mass.) drove in a game-high two RBI, while lead-off man Jake Ryan (Northbridge, Mass.) went 2-for-3 at the dish, scoring twice.
UMass Dartmouth jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the second. The Corsairs capitalized on a throwing error by the Lancers, plating junior Brandon Polignone (Peabody, Mass.) from third. The next batter, freshman Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.), lifted a fly ball to deep centerfield, deep enough to score Ramirez from third.
Worcester State would get a run of their own in the top of the third, as Adam Berry (Auburn, Mass.) grounded out to the second baseman, plating Palatino from third.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Corsairs managed a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly to center field, and scored on another throwing error by the catcher. The Lancers responded with two of their own in the top of the seventh, as Palatino singled to center field with the bases loaded, but had to settle for one run on the play as Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) threw out Kenan Kolanda (Sterling, Mass.) at the plate. An additional Lancer run before the end of the frame made the margin 4-3 in favor of the Corsairs.
In the ninth, Worcester State would score three two-out runs to take the lead in the late stages of the contest. In the Corsairs' last chance, Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) led off the inning with an infield single, but UMass Dartmouth was unable to put a runner in scoring position.
Inside the Numbers
- Worcester State's Kyle Sullivan (Hudson, Mass.) picked up the decision in the final two innings, permitting just two hits with a strikeout to rise to 2-0 on the season.
- As a pitching staff, UMass Dartmouth allowed seven hits, with six singles and only two earned runs.
- The Corsairs swiped five bags on Thursday, increasing their season total to 48 steals. The contest marks the fourth time this season that the team has stolen five or more bases.
- Worcester State avenges a 7-0 loss to UMass Dartmouth in the season opener on March 7.
UMass Dartmouth opens up Little East Conference play at home against UMass Boston for a doubleheader on Sunday, with first pitch at 12 p.m. Worcester State debuts in MASCAC competition on the same day, traveling to Mass. Maritime at 2 p.m.