UMass Dartmouth Knocks off No. 7/8 Tufts in Monday DH Opener

UMass Dartmouth Knocks off No. 7/8 Tufts in Monday DH Opener

MEDFORD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth secured a Patriots' Day split in Monday's doubleheader with No. 7/8 Tufts University, as the Corsairs shined in game one but slipped in the night cap at Huskins Field.

The Basics
Scores: UMass Dartmouth 5, Tufts 1 | Tufts 10, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (17-12, 5-1 LEC) | No. 7/8 Tufts (19-4-1, 4-2 NESCAC)

How it Happened

UMass Dartmouth 5, Tufts 1

Junior Mac Curran (Lakeville, Mass.) baffled the Jumbos for 5.2 innings as the Corsairs jumped out to the early advantage and held off the Jumbos in game one.

The southpaw held Tufts to only three base hits and one run, both season lows for the Jumbos. Senior Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, RI) went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, driving in two runs and was just a homerun shy of the cycle.

Sophomore Will Shackelford (Orleans, Mass.)  was the only Jumbo to score a run, with his long-ball in the third inning.

In the first, freshman Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) drew a lead-off walk, and scored when Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) ripped a triple down the right field line, giving the Corsairs the early lead.

UMass Dartmouth would extend the advantage in the top of the third. Freshman Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) picked up the lead-off walk, before Cacciola laced a triple to right-center, driving in Knell. Senior Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) singled past the shortstop, scoring Cacciola easily to up the lead to 3-0.

In the bottom half of the frame, the Jumbos jumped into the scoring column when Shackelford hit his first home run of the spring to over the left field fence.

Both teams would settle in for the next three innings. In the top of the seventh with two outs, the Corsairs used three two-out hits to plate a pair of runs. Freshman Robbie Carrillo (Melrose, Mass.) entered in the sixth to close the door for the Corsairs, pitching 1.1 no-hit innings with a pair of strikeouts to pick up his third save of the season.

Tufts 10, UMass Dartmouth 2

The Jumbos bookended game two with four runs in the first and again in the sixth to hold off UMass Dartmouth's attempt at the sweep.

Cacciola generated two of the Corsairs' three hits, including one RBI in game two. Freshman Zack DelVecchio (Braintree, Mass.) throws 4.0 innings in relief, with a career high five strikeouts while on the mound.

Three batters drove in two runs for the Jumbos, including a 2-for-3 effort by Tommy O'Hara (Glenview, Ill).

In the first inning, the Jumbos would score four times by drawing three walks,and adding two hits. Tufts made it 5-0 in the second, as Tom Petry (Worcester, Mass.) scored on a sacrifice fly.

UMass Dartmouth would get on the board in the top of the fourth as Knell picked up a oneout walk and advanced to third on a base knock by Cacciola to center field. Knell would score when Sanchez lifted a sacrifice fly to right field.

The Jumbos would answer back in the bottom of the fourth, as Harrison Frickman (Charlestown, S.C.) led off the inning with a double to left field. After a groundout and a fly out, Frickman would score on an Oscar Kutch (Houston, Texas) hit up the middle.

The Corsairs would cut into the 6-1 lead by the Jumbos in the top of the sixth inning. After a lead-off walk by Tellier, Knell singled to center field, sending Tellier to third. Cacciola would drive in Tellier on a groundout to third base.

Tufts then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth by scoring four-two out runs on four singles.

Inside the Numbers

  • With the win in game one, the Corsairs defeat Tufts for the first time since 2008 and for the first time on the road since 2001.
  • Monday marks the second time that UMass Dartmouth has taken down a ranked team this year, after defeating then #23/RV Salve Regina on April 5.
  • With the loss in game two, the Corsairs drop their first nightcap of the season. They were previously 7-0 in game two.
  • After the split doubleheader, Tufts maintains the all-time series at 24-9.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth returns to Little East Conference action Tuesday as they travel to Rhode Island College for a single game against the Anchormen, with first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m.