BOSTON, Mass. – The Corsair pitching staff stifled the Bates bats by limiting the opposition to just one hit, but the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth ultimately fell in a nail-biter by a score of 4-3 at Monan Park on Sunday afternoon.
Score: Bates 4, UMass Dartmouth 3
Records: Bates 3-6, UMass Dartmouth 9-3
How it Happened
The UMass Dartmouth pitching trio of junior Matt Cronin (Framingham, Mass.), seniors Ben Lodge (Blackstone, Mass.), and Zack Reid (Dighton, Mass.) combined to pitch eight brilliant innings of no-hit ball for the Corsairs, ringing up a cumulative eight hitters. Sophomore catcher Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) continued to rake at the plate, notching three hits to up his season average to .442. Seniors Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) and Josh O'Neil (Halifax, Mass.) each picked up a hit and RBI.
Despite being limited to just one hit, four different Bobcats drove in runs primarily through patience at the plate. On the mound, Bates starter Connor Russell (Cumberland, Maine) tossed seven innings, allowing just one hit over the first six frames. The southpaw finished with a line of four hits, two runs, and eight punch-outs.
In the away half of the third inning, Bates senior Connor DiVincenzo (Westwood, Mass.) reached first on a Corsair fielding error, but was erased from the base paths after he was thrown out trying to steal third when Baker fired a seed to shortstop Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) who was covering on the wheel play. After a quite two-thirds of the contest from both sides, UMass Dartmouth gained momentum in the bottom of the seventh. Sophomore Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) ripped a double down the left field line to start up the rally, and then came home on Michael's two-bagger past the diving third baseman. The Corsairs then doubled their advantage after a successful double steal, when Baker delayed his take off towards second to buy enough time for Michael to slide into the dish ahead of the bouncing ball towards the plate.
Senior Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.) reached on a fielder's choice and then swiped second, setting up an RBI opportunity for O'Neil. The upperclassman came through with another Corsair double down that trickled to the left field corner, putting the squad up by three heading into the ninth.
After trotting in from the bullpen, sophomore righty Robbie Carrillo (Melrose, Mass.) struggled to find the strike zone. The reliever could not re-gather himself after plunking DiVincenzo to lead off the final frame, walking the bases loaded. Bobcat junior Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) then dribbled a ball to third, but third baseman Mike Knell's (Dennis, Mass.) throw to second was ruled not in time by the umpire to bring home a run and maintain a bases loaded situation for Bates. Switch-hitting catcher Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) then earned an RBI after taking a pitch off of the right leg, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of the Corsairs. Newly-checked in righty Logan Maitland (Tiverton, R.I.) sat senior Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah) down on strikes for the first out of the inning, summoning sophomore Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) to the plate. Maitland nearly induced Carter into a 6-4-3 double play to escape the major jam, but the second-year Bobcat beat the throw over to first to give the Bobcats a 4-3 lead. Shapiro remained in the contest for the opposition, shutting the door for the save.
Inside the Numbers
- Reid slung a career-high five innings out of the bullpen, proving effective for the squad in relief.
- UMass Dartmouth sluggers have racked up at least seven hits in every contest this season thus far.
- Furthermore, the offense has picked up at least one extra-base hit in all but one contest (Mar. 9 vs. Nichols; 3-2 win).
- The Corsair pitching staff continues to impress this year, notching its eighth performance of double-digit strikeouts. Hurlers have yet to punch-out less than seven opponents per contest.
- With two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth, the Corsairs padded their highest-scoring innings of the season with 15 and 14, respectively, on the campaign. The squad has put up 14 total runs in the second inning of games this year.
UMass Dartmouth looks to get back in the win column when they travel to Bridgewater State University on Thursday afternoon, with the slate set for 3:30 p.m.