AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Four Corsair errors yielded seven unearned runs for the Bulldogs as DeSales handed UMass Dartmouth an 11-8 loss in the Blue and Gold's first game of its Spring Break trip at Lake Myrtle #4 on Friday night. Bulldog sophomore righty Ian Kacergis (Sellersville, Pa.) collected the win for his squad after going seven innings, allowing six hits and three runs on 10 strikeouts to nudge the team's record to 3-5. Corsair senior Matt Cronin (Framingham, Mass.) took the loss, lasting 4.1 frames in his second start of the season.
How it Happened
- UMass Dartmouth bounced back from an early 1-0 hole on junior Nate Tellier's (Attleboro, Mass.) run-scoring deep fly ball to the base of the left field wall to plate leadoff man JR DiSarcina (Barnstable, Mass.). The Corsairs took the lead (2-1) on sophomore Jack Harrington's (Barnstable, Mass.) sacrifice fly to center that brought in senior Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.).
- The Bulldogs recorded four unearned runs in the Corsairs' sloppy second stanza before putting up consecutive scores in the following pair of innings (7-2). DeSales pushed the lead to eight in the top of the sixth by adding three more unearned scores (10-2).
- Corsair junior Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) re-energized the Blue and Gold by depositing a deep drive over the left field wall for a solo shot (10-3).
- The home squad put the pressure on in their final turn at the dish as they assembled to put a five-spot on the board, getting run-producing plate appearances from freshman Jon Candiales (Attleboro, Mass.), Tellier, junior Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.), and Knell, but it turned out to be too little, too late for UMass Dartmouth as DeSales freshman Will Manley (Middletown, Pa.) notched the save.
Inside the Numbers
- The top five sluggers in UMass Dartmouth's lineup combined to register six hits, six runs and six runs batted in.
- Candiales mirrored his collegiate debut performance with a 2-for-4 outing at the plate.
- Bulldog sophomore Dean Hanczaryk (Frenchtown, N.J.) posted five RBI's.
- DeSales left 12 on base.
The Bulldogs wrap up their Florida trip with a 9 a.m. tilt against John Carroll University at Chain of Lakes Park, while UMass Dartmouth takes its business over to Kissimmee against Wartburg. The Corsairs' action Osceola Heritage Park (field #4) begins at 9:45 a.m. with the second affair slated for noon.