DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Kenny Michael (Norwood, Mass.) paced the offense with a 3-for-5 performance to back pitcher Ryan Britton's (Milford, N.H.) outing on the hill as the Corsairs defeated Johnson & Wales, 8-4, at the UMD baseball field on Friday afternoon.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 8, Johnson & Wales 4
Records: Corsairs 14-8, Wildcats 15-8
How it Happened
The Wildcats got the bats going early, putting the barrel on the ball often to take an immediate 1-0 advantage behind team-leading hitter Edison Mercado's (Providence, R.I.) RBI single to plate leadoff man Rob Ballinger (South Kingston, R.I.). In the Corsairs' turn at the dish, junior Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) slammed a double off the left-centerfield wall to bring home a pair to take a lead that the Blue and Gold would never relinquish. After tacking on one more via a wild pitch in the first, catcher Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) produced a sacrifice fly to bring in junior Pat Vartanian (Canton, Mass.) for a 4-1 ballgame.
In the third, sophomore Joe Maracic (Syosset, N.Y.) singled through the left side to bring home classmate Raimel Rodriguez (Providence, R.I.); on the same play, left fielder Zach Courier (Mansfield, Mass.) flexed his cannon of a throwing arm by nailing Mercado at the plate but the Wildcats were awarded the run due to an obstruction call between the second and third base bags to put the score at 4-3 in favor of the hosts. In the bottom half of the seventh with the visitors still trailing by one, UMass Dartmouth had runners on the corners. Junior Jose Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass.) broke for second base intentionally early to force starter Ryan Depatie (Pawtucket, R.I.) to make a decision; with Vasquez hung up between stations, the throw hit him in the back and trickled into foul territory to allow Michael to scamper home for another score.
The dagger came via pinch hitter Mac Curran's (Lakeville, Mass.) scalding double to the right-centerfield gap, scoring Courier for a 7-4 game in the eighth. Senior Josh O'Neil (Halifax, Mass.) then stretched a base hit to the gap from a single into a double, plating pinch-runner Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.). Following in the footsteps of junior reliever Chase Hussey (Claremont, N.H.), senior Zack Reid (Dighton, Mass.) worked a scoreless frame of work to put the finishing touches on the squad's victory.
Inside the Numbers
- Britton encored his victorious Mar. 14 start versus Becker with another win today, moving to 2-0 on the season. The southpaw completed his day after 5.2 innings, allowing five hits, three runs (two earned), four walks and six strikeouts.
- Between relief pitchers Kevin Lebel (Peabody, Mass.), Louie Berdecia (Mahopac, N.Y.), Hussey, and Reid, the bullpen came out strong as they did not surrender an earned run this afternoon. Additionally, each hurler picked up a punch-out.
- With a walk today, Baker extends his reached-base streak to 17 games, one shy of teammate Nate Tellier's (Attleboro, Mass.) longest span on the team of 18 games from earlier this year.
- Michael had a strong performance at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a game-high pair of runs scored.
- UMass Dartmouth is now 11-4 in games that it has out-hit its opponent.
- The Corsairs are 5-2 in games where the opponent scores in the first inning.
- Furthermore, the Blue and Gold are 5-0 when scoring six to nine runs, and 5-0 when scoring 10+.
The Corsairs look to get in the win column of their conference slate with a doubleheader at #8 UMass Boston, scheduled for noon and 3 p.m.