MANSFIELD, Conn. – After the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth pounded out a season-high 22 hits in game one, Eastern Connecticut rallied from down five to win by five over the Corsairs in the Little East Conference split on Saturday afternoon.
Scores: UMass Dartmouth 15, Eastern Connecticut 2 | Eastern Connecticut 12, UMass Dartmouth 7
Records: UMass Dartmouth (21-15, 8-4 LEC) | Eastern Connecticut (16-13, 5-6 LEC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth 15, Eastern Connecticut 2
Senior Sean Callahan (Colchester, Vt.) dazzled the Warriors for 8.0 innings of work, striking out six batters while limiting the opposition to just two runs. Both senior Ezequiel Sanchez (Mantai, Puerto Rico) and junior Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) continued to lock in at the plate as they went a combined 8-for-11, including five RBIs on the day.
For the second consecutive game, UMass Dartmouth laced a quick start. With runners on first and second, Sanchez sent a double to left field, driving in both Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) and Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I.). He then scored on Michael's double to the right center gap.
In the third inning, freshman Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) led off with a double to right center field. He would walk home as Sanchez blasted his third home runof the spring to make it 5-0 in favor of UMass Dartmouth.
The Warriors finally sent a runner past second base in the fifth, but Callahan was able to get the next batter to groundout and end the threat. ECSU would finally break through in the bottom half of the six, as Alex Parkos's (Meridan, Conn.) double split the outfield, driving in Alex Zachary (Enfield, Conn.) from first.
The top of the seventh started out with a bang, as Cacciola went deep for the sixth time this year, chasing Jordan Muchin (West Hartford, Conn.) from the game. After a Sanchez walk, Michael tallied his third double of the game. Both runners would score when Brandon Polignone (Peabody, Mass.) singled to centerfield to make it 8-1
The Corsairs would add three runs in the eighth inning on four hits and pile on four more runs in the top of the ninth, with two RBI singles from Knell and Jacen Hudson (Alvirne, N.H.). In the bottom half of the ninth, Zack Reid (Dighton, Mass.) came on to shut the door for UMass Dartmouth with a 1-2-3 inning.
Eastern Connecticut 12, UMass Dartmouth 7
Sanchez carried his hot bat into game two for the Corsairs, going 3-for-4 at the dish, with three runs scored and two stolen bases. For the Warriors, Parkos went 4-for-5 at the plate, with three RBIs, and three runs to lead the comeback for ECSU.
After the hosts scored one run in the bottom of the first, the Corsairs answered when Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.) singled through the left side of the infield, scoring Sanchez from second.
In the fourth, UMass Dartmouth scored four times with three runs coming across with two outs. Sanchez with a triple to right center, and scored when Michael lifted the ball to deep center. After a single to right off the bat of Courier, Josh O'Neill (Halifax, Mass.) doubled to right field for the RBI and scored on a single from Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.).
After Eastern Connecticut scored in the bottom half of the fourth on a sacrifice fly, the Corsairs extended their lead to 7-2 in the fifth. Michael picked up his sixth hit of the day when he found a hole on the left side of the infield to plate Cacciola and Sanchez made it 7-2 with a steal of home plate.
The Warriors drew within three in the bottom of the fifth, as Parkos hit a two run homer with two outs to make it 7-4. In the bottom half of the seventh, John Mesagno (Tappan, NY) singled through the left side, plating Zachary. Parkos would double to the left field corner to cut within one and D.J. Scavone (Auburn, Mass.) singled to centerfield to drive home Parkos to tie the game up at 7-7.
In the bottom of the eighth, Eastern Connecticut scored five times on five hits to cap off 10 unanswered runs.
Inside the Numbers
- Game one's 15-2 score is the largest margin of victory for UMass Dartmouth over Eastern Connecticut. The previous high was a 19-10 win in 2007.
- UMass Dartmouth pounded out 22 hits in the opener, the most since dropping as many against UMass Boston in the Little East Tournament in 2013.
- Between Saturday's two games, Sanchez went 6-for-9 at the dish, while scoring six runs with four RBIs.
- After the split, the Warriors maintain the all-time series at 101-34.
UMass Dartmouth returns home to host Wheaton (Mass.) for a single game on Tuesday, with first pitch slated for 3:30 p.m.