DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth pitching staff stifled the Plymouth State batters, as five pitchers threw all 18 innings to allow just one earned run in the twin-bill sweep of the Panthers in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon.
Scores: UMass Dartmouth 3, Plymouth State 0 | UMass Dartmouth 9, Plymouth State 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (16-11, 5-1 LEC) | Plymouth State (10-10, 2-4 LEC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth 3, Plymouth State 0
Senior Sean Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) got the starting nod for the Corsairs, going 8.0 shutout innings, while striking out seven, limiting the Panthers to four base hits in the win. Sophomore Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) went 3-for-4 at the plate, including a double and an RBI, to lead the UMass Dartmouth offense.
David Sampson (Bellingham, Mass.) toed the rubber for the Panthers, going eight innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits.
Neither team was able to break into the scoring category in the opening two frames, as both pitchers silenced the opposing lineups. In the bottom of the first, Plymouth State loaded the bases with one out, but Callahan proceeded to secure a strikeout and a fly-out to escape unscathed.
The Corsairs broke through in the top of the third, when Ramirez sentthe first pitch he saw back up the middle, driving in junior Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.). The next inning, UMass Dartmouth capitalized on a Plymouth State error, and senior Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) scored on a ground-out to the second baseman.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Corsairs scrapped across an insurance run as Ramirez scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. In the bottom half of the ninth, senior closer Benjamin Lodge (Blackstone, Mass.) converted on the save, as the right hander retired the side with just 11 pitches.
UMass Dartmouth 9, Plymouth State 2
Senior southpaw Dylan Collett (Albany, NY) got the start in game two for UMass Dartmouth, going 6.2 innings, giving up just three hits, one earned run and striking down five on the day. Freshman Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) and senior Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.) both collected two hits to drive in a pair of runs apiece.
Sophomore Ryan Richard (Berlin, N.H.) reached base safely all five plate appearances in game two, but officially went 2-for-3 at the plate to pace the Panthers offensively
UMass Dartmouth exploded out of the gates by scoring six runs on five hits in the opening inning. With one out, Cacciola ripped a line drive to left field, rounding two. Back-to-back singles from juniors Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) and Mac Curran (Lakeville, Mass.) would push the Corsair lead to 4-0. After a grounder for the second out of the inning, Tellier singled to left field, scoring both Michael and Curran on the play.
The Panthers would answer with a run in the bottom half of the first, when James Garnett (Newport, R.I.) hit a double to left field, letting Richard cross the plate on the play. It wasn't until the fourth inning where Cacciola drove his first pitch into the left field for a double. On Sanchez's single through the left side, Cacciola made an athletic play to avoid the tag at the plate to score. Sanchez would later score as Curran reached on a Panther error.
Plymouth State would pick up their second run of the game in the bottom of the eighth, when Luke Mancini (Scotia, NY) scored on a Mitch Sytulek (Raymond, NH) double. The Corsairs answered the Panthers' run in the top of the ninth, as Ramirez laced a line drive that just grazed off the third baseman's glove, plating freshman Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) from second.
Inside the Numbers
- Between the two games, the UMass Dartmouth pitching staff held the Panthers in check to a .159 batting average, with Callahan and Collett holding them to .148 and .130, respectively.
- The Corsairs have now won three in a row and six of their last seven games.
- After winning both games on Saturday, UMass Dartmouth has taken four straight games against the Panthers, and the Corsairs currently hold the all-time series at 61-21.
UMass Dartmouth will travel to No. 7 Tufts University for a Patriots' Day doubleheader against the Jumbos, with first pitch scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Plymouth State will head up to No. 21 St. Joseph's (ME) on Monday for a makeup game, starting at 3:30 p.m.