KISSIMMEE, Fla. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth sophomore Logan Maitland (Tiverton, R.I.) logged a complete game shutout, sitting down 11 Knights on strikes while yielding just three hits to give the Corsairs their first win of the 2019 season with a 6-0 triumph over Wartburg in game one of the doubleheader at Osceola Heritage Park #4 on Saturday morning. The Knights would avenge their loss in the latter contest, however, edging the Blue and Gold by a 5-4 tally in extra innings.
How it Happened
Game One: UMass Dartmouth 6, Wartburg 0 – Records: Corsairs (1-2), Knights (1-5)
- Corsair junior Nick Andrews (Raynham, Mass.) rung in the second inning with a line drive single to left center, eventually coming around to score on junior Nate Tellier's (Attleboro, Mass.) hard ground ball to the left side that Wartburg shortstop Parker Ridge (Marion, Iowa) could not handle with two outs (1-0). In the bottom half of the frame, Maitland submitted a shutdown inning by retiring the side in order.
- Both sides' bats would remain quiet until the fifth when junior Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) laced a first pitch offering one hop off the left field fence to plate senior Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.), who led off the frame with an opposite field single through the 5.5 hole. Senior Jack Harrington (Barnstable, Mass.) brought the advantage to three on his sacrifice fly to center to reel junior Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) in.
- The Knights offense showed signs of stirring in the home portion of the fifth on junior Tyler Hovick's (Roland, Iowa) leadoff walk, but a sparkling defensive play by Blue and Gold shortstop JR DiSarcina (Barnstable, Mass.) stifled the Wartburg momentum as the junior laid out to his right side before wheeling and firing to second baseman Jon Candiales (Attleboro, Mass.) to snipe the lead runner.
- UMass Dartmouth doubled up on itself with three scores in the sixth, getting an RBI hustle-double from DiSarcina encored by a two-run single in the gap by Wood (6-0) off of the second Milewski to toe the rubber for the Knights.
Game Two: Wartburg 5, UMass Dartmouth 4 – Records: Knights (2-5), Corsairs (1-3)
- Back-to-back base-knocks by the top two Corsair hitters in DiSarcina and Wood quickly produced an early score for a 1-0 lead.
- A pair of Corsair miscues in as many Knights hitters to lead off the fifth wound up hurting UMass Dartmouth as sophomore Jojo McNair (Joliet, Ill.) sprinted home on a ball that collided with the backstop to tie it up (1-1). Knight junior Andrew Walker (Eagan, Minn.) then followed up with a two-run single to left center to precede Ridge's deep double to widen the margin (4-1).
- After DiSarcina bettered his line to 3-for-3 with a base hit in the home half of the fifth, he came around to score on a ball in the dirt to halve the deficit. Tellier, who singled through the left side to continue the Corsairs' bid for a rally, was able to trot home on Knell's two-run dinger to left for a knotted affair (4-4). Tellier then took the mound and stranded a runner on third, getting freshman Jarod Harris (Manchester, Iowa) to pop out to second.
- Four scoreless stanzas made way for Wartburg catcher Joey Baumann's (Woodbury, Minn.) go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top half of the 10th to chase home pinch runner Ryan Willis (Waverly, Iowa).
Inside the Numbers
- Wood went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI's and a run scored.
- Each of the bottom three Corsairs crossed the dish.
- Maitland's first career start was a gem, facing 27 batters to the tune of 117 pitches for 67 strikes. The sophomore righty muzzled the cleanup- and five-spots in Wartburg's lineup, as the duo combined for an 0-for-6 (six strikeouts) morning.
- UMass Dartmouth worked seven walks and swiped two bags.
- The Milewski brothers allowed six hits, six runs (five earned), and seven walks while striking out nine.
- The top five Corsair hitters' success carried over from last night, combining for six hits, four runs, and three RBI's.
- Senior Pat Vartanian (Canton, Mass.) and Candiales provided some output from the bottom two spots in the lineup, collecting five hits.
- Walker was nearly perfect at the dish, going 4-for-5 with a run score and two RBI's.
- Southpaw starter Jon Levy (Norton, Mass.) and reliever Tellier each struck out three over three frames of work.
Wartburg wraps up its time in the Sunshine State tomorrow with a 9 a.m. tangle with Cornell College, while the Corsairs take on Keystone College at 9:15 a.m. in Auburndale.