DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) went 4-for-6 at the dish including a two-run homer, pacing the Corsairs to a conference-opening split with against UMass Boston on Sunday afternoon.
Scores: UMass Boston 12, UMass Dartmouth 3 | UMass Dartmouth 5, UMass Boston 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (10-9, 1-1 LEC) | UMass Boston (9-5, 1-1 LEC)
How it Happened
UMass Boston 12, UMass Dartmouth 3
Two Beacon home runs in game one lifted the visitors to the opening win, despite senior ace Sean Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) striking out six in the first five innings.
Boston jumped out to the early lead in the top of the third when senior pitcher Dan Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) blasted a two-run homerun to left field. Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.) then extended the advantage with a solo shot to right field, just clearing the fence in the fourth. Callahan escaped the rest of the frame by striking out the next three batters looking.
A two-run double to centerfield by Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) in the top of the fifth would pushed the Beacons' lead to 5-0. The Corsairs eventually scored when Ryan Ainslie (Weymouth (Mass.) lifted a fly ball to left field to score Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) from third.
UMass Boston then added four more runs in the sixth, and capped the final two innings with three more. With the deficit at 12-1, Cacciola launched a two run homerun to dead centerfield to push the hosts within a 12-3 margin.
UMass Dartmouth 5, UMass Boston 4
UMass Dartmouth's bats come alive in the bottom of the seventh, striking twice to rally past UMass Boston for the 5-4 win in the second contest.
On the mound, senior Dylan Collett (Albany, N.Y.) earned the start, tossing 4.1 frames with one earned run and a pair of strikeouts. Collecting the victory in the final three frames was Benjamin Lodge (Blackstone, Mass.), allowing just one hit. Five different Corsairs drove in solitary RBIs in the UMass Dartmouth offensive effort, led by freshman Mike Knell's (Dennis, Mass.) 3-for-4 performance.
The Beacons once again gained the early advantage on a homer in the top of the first, this time off the bat of Fowler. The Corsairs answered quickly, plating a pair in the bottom of the second with double by Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.), followed by a Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) single to make it 3-2.
In the top half of the fifth, Robbie Carrillo (Melrose, Mass.) relieved Collett and with runners on first and second, escaped the jam with a double play. In the bottom half of the seventh, Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) found the gap in left center field for a two-bagger, scoring Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) from second. The Corsairs then captured the lead on a base-hit through the left side of the infield off the bat Knell.
Lodge shut the door on the Beacons comeback attempt after his entrance in the top half of the seventh, fording a game-ending double-play.
Inside the Numbers
- Dating back to last season, with the win in the nightcap on Sunday UMass Dartmouth extends its win streak in the second game of doubleheaders to seven games.
- UMass Dartmouth has now swiped a total of 12 bags in the last five games.
- Between both games, the Corsair bullpen threw 8.2 innings, allowing just two earned runs on just four hits.
- UMass Dartmouth rises to 10-1 on the season when holding opponents to five or less runs.
- In Lodge's four appearances this season, he owns a 3-0 record in 16.0 innings with 18 strikeouts compared to just two walks, and has not allowed a run. The junior has lowered his ERA from 10.50 to 2.86.
- Collett, Callahan, and Lodge all rank in the top six in the LEC in strikeouts. UMass Dartmouth is the only team in the conference with three pitchers sitting in the top 10.
UMass Dartmouth is back on its home field tomorrow, hosting Bridgewater State for a single game with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. UMass Boston heads back to Monan Park to host Worcester State on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. start time.