AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Despite a solid start by sophomore Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) and a solo jack by senior Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.), Springfield scratched two runs across in the seventh to push past the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 3-1, in game one of the Sunday doubleheader. The Corsairs came back in the afternoon and won game two by a score of 3-2 via situational hitting to split the day's decisions with the Pride.
Score: Springfield 3, UMass Dartmouth 1 | UMass Dartmouth 3, Springfield 2
Records: Springfield 2-2-1, UMass Dartmouth 4-1
How it Happened
Springfield 3, UMass Dartmouth 1
The Pride duo at the top of the Springfield lineup proved productive as the pairing of sophomore Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) and senior Peter Marsicano (Allentown, N.J.) combined for four hits and accounted for driving in all three runs of the offense. Starting lefty hurler Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) did not receive a decision in the contest, as he exited with the game still tied following an outing of 5.1 innings, six hits, and an earned run.
UMass Dartmouth totaled seven hits with two provided by sophomore catcher Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.). Courier provided the lone scoring output for the Corsairs on his third inning blast deep to left field, picking up his first round-tripper of the season.
Springfield freshman Noah Bleakley (Holland, Mass.) reached first on a fielding error by starter Tellier, who could not corral a bouncing ball ranging towards his left. He then went first to third on a single by Shade, and then crossed the plate on Marsicano's double to the left-centerfield gap. The Pride's lead was shortlived, however, as Courier's towering shot cleared the left field foul pole to tie things at one apiece.
In the fourth, junior Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) ripped a double to split the outfielders, but a well-executed backdoor relay from second baseman Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) to the covering first baseman Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.) nabbed Ramirez trying to retreat from his attempt at going for a triple.
Bleakley and senior Kyle Allen (Westerly, R.I.) started a Pride rally by working back-to-back walks to start the seventh inning. Corsair reliever executed a perfect pitch to induce junior Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) into a 4-6-3 double play to nearly escape the jam, but Shade sent a double to left center driving in Allen for the go-ahead run. After Shade had advanced to third on a balk, Marsicano singled him home for a third and final insurance run to provide all the space that the Pride needed for the morning victory.
UMass Dartmouth 3, Springfield 2
Ramirez and Michael each picked up multi-hit games in the second game, with the latter scoring all three runs for the Corsairs. Senior Josh O'Neil (Halifax, Mass.) also had a base-hit and two RBIs in his performance. For the Pride, freshman Conor Santoianni (Stormville, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 at the dish, while Joao had the lone run-producing hit in the afternoon affair.
Michael doubled to left field to lead off the top of the second inning, but sophomore starter Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) set down the next two batters via strikeouts. The Corsairs would not let the opportunity go to waste, though, as Tellier drove a ball the opposite way into the right centerfield gap to drive Michael in. UMass Dartmouth manufactured their next run which arrived in the fourth inning. After Michael doubled again, this time right down the line, senior Brandon Polignone (Peabody, Mass.) placed down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move his man over to third. O'Neil then followed up with a deep fly ball to center, bringing the lead to 2-0.
The Pride retaliated with offense of their own in the bottom half of the frame behind Joao's leadoff homer to bring the squad within one. Sophomore Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) then followed up the deep drive with one of his own, doubling to right center. After two confusion-inducing balk calls were ruled on Corsair righty Zack Reid (Dighton, Mass.), Springfield knotted the contest at two.
In the penultimate frame of the battle, the first two Corsairs went down quickly. Caused by the hustling Michael down the line, freshman third baseman Jason Bean (Middleboro, Mass.) made an errant throw under the first baseman's reach that allowed the outfielder to get to scoring position. O'Neil singled to left field, bringing Michael home for the go-ahead score.
Inside the Numbers
- Making his first career start on the mound, Tellier provided five innings, allowing just two hits and a run (unearned) while striking out a career-high six batters.
- UMass Dartmouth pitching got the Pride to strand seven runners on base, while the Corsairs left five on the bags.
- Courier's homerun is his fifth on his career, with the last coming on Apr. 18 of last season at Rhode Island College (7-0 win).
- Showing signs of plate discipline, six different Corsairs have two or more walks thus far on the year.
The Corsairs retake the field tomorrow morning to take on Spalding University, with first pitch scheduled for 9:15 a.m.