BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Ezequiel Sanchez's (Mantai, Puerto Rico) and Kenny Michael's (Norwood, Mass.) combined 7-for-11 at the plate, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth outlasted Suffolk 13-8 in Thursday's non-conference road contest.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 13, Suffolk 8
Records: UMass Dartmouth (20-14) | Suffolk (20-10)
How it Happened
Beyond Sanchez and Michael, the Corsairs saw three hits from freshman Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.), who went 3-for-6 while scoring three runs. On the mound, the UMass Dartmouth pitching staff threw 5.0 innings in relief to yield just three hits.
For Suffolk, sophomore Curtis Tirone (Waltham, Mass.) went 2-for-3 at the dish, while driving in a pair of runs for the Rams.
UMass Dartmouth exploded out of the gates, scoring four runs apiece in the first two innings. Sanchez singled through the left side of the infield with the bases loaded, plating the first run of the game. Michael followed Sanchez through the left side to add on two runs, upping the lead to three. With two outs in the inning, junior Cotey Monte (Swansea, Mass.) singled to centerfield, scoring Michael from second.
The Corsairs continued their offensive pace by scoring four more runs in the second. Tellier once again led off the inning with a single, and then proceeded to swipe both second and third before scoring on a throwing error. Later in the inning, Michael drove a ground-rule double, plating freshman Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.). Two additional tallies were added on a wild pitch and a groundout.
The Rams climbed onto board in the bottom half of the second inning, crossing three times to jumpstart the offense and eventually knot the score at eight after three silent innings for the Corsairs
With two outs in the eighth and the game still tied, Sanchez launched a three-run homer to steal the lead back for good. After a Michael single to left field, Mac Curran (Lakeville, Mass.) singled to center for the RBI. Freshman Robbie Carrillo (Melrose, Mass.) and Tellier pitched the eighth and ninth, respectively, to sit the final six Ram batters in order and seal the win.
Inside the Numbers
- Currently ranked No. 13 in the New England Regional Rankings, UMass Dartmouth rises to 6-6 on the season against regionally-ranked opponents as the Rams entered ranked 10th.
- With his steal of third base in the top of the second, Tellier becomes the 23rd Corsair to eclipse 20 stolen bases in a season, and the first since Michael Casey in 1994.
- As a team, the Corsairs swiped a season-high seven bases, the highest total since they stole seven against Endicott last season on March 14, 2016.
- With 19 hits in the game, UMass Dartmouth ties its season-high mark set against Western New England earlier in the spring
- With the win, the Corsairs improve to 22-7 all-time against Suffolk.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Eastern Connecticut for a crucial Little East Conference doubleheader with the Warriors on Saturday, with first pitch slated for 12 p.m.