BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's Little East Conference (LEC) struggles continued as it dropped both ends of its twin bill against #8 UMass Boston on Saturday afternoon at Monan Park.
Score: #8 UMass Boston 2, UMass Dartmouth 1 (Game One) | #8 UMass Boston 7, UMass Dartmouth 3
Records: Beacons (22-5, 6-0 LEC) | Corsairs (14-10, 0-6 LEC)
How it Happened
Game One – UMass Boston 2, UMass Dartmouth 1
Corsair starter Matt Cronin (Framingham, Mass.) hurled a magnificent outing, going six innings of one-run ball while striking out seven. Unfortunately for the junior righty, Beacon southpaw JT Morin (Wilton, Conn.) was up to the task of measuring up to his counterpart by submitting eight innings, yielding one hit and punching out eight.
Catcher Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) had the lone multi-hit performance in game one, picking up a game-high pair of base-knocks. UMass Dartmouth came into the contest aggressive from the jump, making use of a double-steal to score a run for the second straight game as junior Jose Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass.) swiped second to get sophomore Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) to motor home. The remainder of the contest would stay quiet for the visitors, struggling to scratch another across the dish.
A fourth inning solo dinger by sophomore lefty Anthony Cecere (Wakefield, Mass.) knotted the affair at a tally apiece, and then a bases-loaded single by junior Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) scored the go-ahead run in the eighth.
Down to its last strike, UMass Dartmouth would not go away quietly with runners on first and second as the squad successfully executed a double-steal to put both Corsairs aboard into scoring position. Pinch-hitting lefty Mac Curran (Lakeville, Mass.) showed a tremendous amount of fight in the pivotal juncture of the contest, fouling several pitches off of Beacon reliever Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.), but Curran's low-level laser went straight at the second baseman playing in shallow right field for the final out.
Game Two – UMass Boston 7, UMass Dartmouth 3
The Beacons got on the board first in the first, as junior Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) led off with a double down the line and then came around to score on the first of five Corsair errors in the contest. UMass Dartmouth significantly hurt itself with their fielding miscues, as only three of the hosts' seven runs were earned. A pair of botched plays in the fifth yielded a six-spot for the Beacons, providing all the scoring they would need.
Sophomore Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) led the visitors with a team-high two hits, scoring twice and working a walk. Baker drilled a two-run shot in the top half of the fifth inning, accounting for two of the team's three RBI. Tamondozzi earned the save in both ends of the doubleheader.
Inside the Numbers
- Baker has reached base in 19 straight games, breaking Tellier's previous team-record on the year of 18. Vasquez is also working on a streak of his own, with 11 consecutive contests.
- UMass Dartmouth is now 8-4 on the season when committing two or more errors.
- The Beacons are off to a 6-0 start in LEC play for the first time in its program history.
UMass Dartmouth will prep for a Monday doubleheader at Tufts University, scheduled for a 12:30 and 3 p.m. start.