DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A six-run second inning by Bridgewater State proved too much for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's comeback attempt in the seventh, and the Bears extended their lead in the eighth to secure a 9-5 win in non-conference action Monday.
Score: Bridgewater State 9, UMass Dartmouth 5
Records: Bridgewater State (6-6) | UMass Dartmouth (10-10)
How it Happened
Junior right hander Michael Theriault (Boston, Mass.) pitched five innings in relief for UMass Dartmouth, not allowing a hit for the first 3.1 innings of work. Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.) knocked a timely two-RBI double for the Corsairs to cut the Bears lead down to three in the seventh inning.
Bridgewater State was paced by Alex Carey (East Bridgewater, Mass.) who went 2-for-4 at the plate, driving in a game-high four runs including the game-winner.
Carey singled to left field to score the first run of the game in the top of the first inning, but UMass Dartmouth erased the deficit in the bottom half of the inning, as Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) ripped a single to score a pair of runs.
Bridgewater State then broke the game open in the top of the second. The Bears capitalized on a two-out error by plating six runs on four hits to gather a 7-2 advantage. After the outburst from the visitors, Theriault and Justin Jacobsen (Fairhaven, Mass.) settled in as both pitchers held their opponents scoreless until the seventh.
In the bottom of the frame, the first two UMass Dartmouth batters reached base before Courier was called upon as a pinch hitter. He laced a double down the left field line to round both runners, and UMass Dartmouth would cut into the lead further when Courier scored on an Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) ground-out.
The Bears kept the distance intact, plating two more runs on three hits in the eighth. Corsair freshman Robbie Carrillo (Melrose, Mass.) limited the damage, getting out of the inning with a groundout, strikeout and foul-out on the three batters he faced.
Inside the Numbers
- With his single in the sixth inning, senior Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) extends his hitting streak to 11 games. Over that span, he is batting .500, with seven doubles, two homeruns, and 12 RBI.
- Over the last five games, Courier has driven in a team-high six RBI with two doubles and a home run.
- The Corsairs have now dropped the last two contests in the series with the Bears, but UMass Dartmouth still leads the all-time series 43-35-1.
UMass Dartmouth continues its 13-game home stand against Salve Regina on Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. first pitch. Bridgewater State looks to extend its four-game winning streak, hosting Eastern Connecticut at the same time.