WESTFIELD, Mass. – A five-run fourth inning by host Westfield State was enough to outlast the Corsair response, with the Owls snapping the Corsairs' three-game win streak in a 7-4 non-conference tilt on Wednesday.
Score: Westfield State 7, UMass Dartmouth 4
Records: Westfield State (17-4) | UMass Dartmouth (13-11)
How it Happened
The Corsairs were paced by multiple-hit performances by sophomore Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.), junior Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) and junior Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.), with Michael plating an RBI.
Westfield State took an early lead in the second, collecting three straight hits including back-to-back doubles to plate two runs. The Corsairs would answer with one in the top of the third. After a leadoff walk and a stolen base by O'Neill, freshman Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) doubled to centerfield, scoring O'Neill from second on the play.
The Owls threatened with runners on first and second and no outs in the bottom of the third. Junior right hander Michael Theriault (Boston, Mass.) proceeded to retire the next three batters to escape the inning.
In the top of the fourth, Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) lead off the inning with a double to left field. Sanchez would score when Michael dropped in a base hit to center field, tying the game up at 2-2. Westfield State then open the scoring in the bottom half of the inning, plating five runs on as many hits.
With the score at 7-2 in favor of the Owls, UMass Dartmouth loaded the bases in the top half of the fifth inning. The Corsairs were able to score one run when Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.) drew a base- loaded, two-out walk. In the top of the ninth, UMass Dartmouth added one more, but Brian Hollister (Somers, Conn.) closed out his lone inning intact.
Inside the Numbers
- With two hits in today's game, Ramirez ups his hitting streak to 11 games. In those games, he is batting .372 with seven doubles and six RBIs.
- The UMass Dartmouth bullpen pitched lights out, as combination of Benjamin Lodge (Blackstone, Mass.), Zack Reid (Dighton, Mass.) and Tellier threw 4.1 shutout innings, yielding just one hit.
- After an 11-hit performance, the Corsairs now have tallied double-digit hits in 10 games on the season.
UMass Dartmouth has a quick turnaround as it plays host to Western New England tomorrow for a 3:30 p.m. first pitch.