April 17, 2009
MANSFIELD, CT-Host Eastern Connecticut State scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 18-1, in a Little East Conference game at the Mansfield Outdoor Athletic Complex Friday.
The Corsairs, who scored their only run of the day in the eighth inning when sophomore first baseman Chris Benevides (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, fell behind early. Shawn Gilblair and Jim Schult hit three-run homers and Joe Cousineau tripled home two runs in the Warriors' first-inning explosion. Gilblair had a two-run single and Tristan Hobbes hit a three-run homer in Eastern Connecticut's seven-run fifth.
UMass Dartmouth had six hits against ECSU starter Matt Fontaine, who worked the first eight innings and earned the victory, improving his record to 3-1. Sophomore right-hander Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS) started for the Corsairs and took the loss, falling to 0-4.
"We had a bad day, and we weren't competitive," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "Most of our people had never seen that park before, and it showed."
UMD dropped to 6-17 and 3-4 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while ECSU improved to 22-6 and 6-3 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Southern Maine Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH BASEBALL