PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth completed a dominant shutout of Rhode Island College, utilizing a season-high eight innings from junior pitcher Benjamin Lodge (Blackstone, Mass.) to rise to 6-1 in Little East Conference play on Tuesday.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 7, Rhode Island College 0
Records: UMass Dartmouth (18-12, 6-1 LEC) | Rhode Island College (12-14, 1-6 LEC)
How it Happened
Lodge commanded the game in his eight full frames on the mount for the Corsairs, striking out four batters. Offensively, senior Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a double, including two RBIs.
Daniel Greaves (Warwick, R.I.) tossed seven innings for the home Anchormen, striking out five batters while permitting four runs.
UMass Dartmouth gathered the early lead by striking first in the third. After a lead-off walk by Courier, sophomore Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) laced a double to the left-center gap. Ramirez would score on a fielding error by the third baseman, making it 2-0. The Corsairs would extend their lead to 3-0 in the next inning, when junior Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.) would score on Courier's double to left field.
With the Anchormen threating in the bottom of the fifth, Lodge would get Nate Cahoone (Westerly, R.I.) to fly out to right field, where Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) completed the out and gunned down Nate Vigeant (Coventry, R.I.) at the plate to end the frame.
In the top half of the sixth inning, junior Brandon Polignone (Peabody, Mass.) launched his second homerun of the year over the left-field wall up the advantage to 4-0.
The Corsairs would make it 5-0 in the top of the eighth inning. After junior Ryan Ainslie (Weymouth, Mass.) stole third base, O'Neill knocked a single just out of the reach of the diving first baseman, driving in Ainslie. O'Neill stole second and scored on a Courier single up the middle. Freshman Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) then lifted a fly ball deep enough to drive in Courier from third.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs rise to 6-1 in LEC competition for the first time since 2002, when UMass Dartmouth strung together a 6-1 start to league play en route to a 7-7 final record.
- With today's win, Lodge picks up his fifth victory of the season, with three coming in LEC action. Both totals lead the conference.
- After Tuesday, UMass Dartmouth improves to 55-36 in the all-time series with the Anchormen and have claimed the last four meeting.
The Corsairs continue LEC play as they host Western Connecticut for a doubleheader on Saturday's Alumni Day. UMass Dartmouth will celebrate 50 years of baseball with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m.