DARTMOUTH, Mass. – In its first dip into Little East Conference (LEC) play on the 2018 campaign, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth dropped both ends of its doubleheader against Plymouth State by scores of 11-1 and 6-3 on Saturday afternoon at the UMD baseball field.
Records: UMass Dartmouth 10-5, 0-2 LEC | Plymouth State 9-5, 2-0 LEC
How it Happened
Game 1: Plymouth State 11, UMass Dartmouth 1
UMass Dartmouth threatened early on in the contest, loading the bases in the second inning with no men out. The bottom of the order could not come through, though, as Panther starter Dylan Gaita retired the side via a strikeout, foul out and fly out to escape trouble. Plymouth packed a punch in the third inning, capitalizing on a pair of Corsair errors for four unearned runs of their five total in the frame. The visitors then burst for four more in the sixth as a trio of Corsair relievers struggled to get outs, with Plymouth stringing together a combination of singles and walks.
UMass Dartmouth finally interrupted its string of zeroes on offense with a score in the seventh, as junior Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.) lined a sacrifice fly to left to plate senior Josh O'Neil (Halifax, Mass.). The Panthers came right back with more runs in the seventh, adding two more, but the damage was limited thanks to a bullet relay-throw by shortstop Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) to nail Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) at the plate looking to score on the double to the left field corner.
Plymouth put the game out of reach in the eighth, as they assumed their largest lead of the first game – ten – to grab their first conference win of the season.
Game 2: Plymouth State 6, UMass Dartmouth 3
Corsair starter Ryan Bruning (Centerville, Mass.) labored in the first inning, tossing 33 pitches in the opening frame. Plymouth scrapped together two runs, with the loudest bang coming off the bat of junior Ryan Boldwin (Manchester, N.H.) who doubled off the base of the left centerfield wall. The Blue and Gold came right back with offensive output of their own via Ramirez's rip down past the glove-side of the third baseman to bring home senior Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.).
Plymouth added one a piece in the second and third innings, and then utilized discipline at the dish in the sixth to score two more for a 6-1 lead. The Corsair offense came back to life in the bottom half of the stanza as Michael took third on a wild pitch then hustled around to score on an errant throw by senior catcher Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.). UMass Dartmouth scored once more on junior Jose Vasquez's (Roxbury, Mass.) poke up the middle that scored Baker, cutting the score to 6-3 in favor of the visitors. Unfortunately for the hosts, the hitting production concluded there as the squad could not mount a comeback in the late innings.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs have yet to be shut out this season, scoring in all of their battles.
- In game one, UMass Dartmouth hitters worked seven walks to tie their season-high.
- The Blue and Gold pitchers continue their ability to punch out hitters at a high rate, sitting down nine in the first affair and eight in game two. The hurlers have struck out a minimum of six opponents per game this season.
- Sophomore Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) continued his streak of reaching base to 15, accounting for every contest on the 2018 campaign.
- Baker is also on an impressive string of getting on the base paths, who currently has 10-straight.
UMass Dartmouth battles Mass.-Maritime on Monday, Apr. 2 at 3 p.m. as a makeup date from the originally scheduled Mar. 21 affair.