PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island College snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, sinking the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth by a score of 5-4 at Anchorman Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Score: Rhode Island College 5, UMass Dartmouth 4
Records: Corsairs 14-11, 0-7 LEC | Anchormen 15-9, 5-2 LEC
How it Happened
The visiting Corsairs jumped on the board right away, as junior Jose Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass.) beat out the Anchormen's bid for an inning-ending, around-the-horn double play ball to allow classmate Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.) to score. Rhode Island College loaded the bases in the home half of the second inning and threatened to get on the board, but UMass Dartmouth starter Ben Lodge (Blackstone, Mass.) popped out then grounded out the next two batters to escape the jam.
Like Wood, Anchorman senior Brad Douglas (South Kingston, Mass.) reached base after getting plunked by a delivery and then came around to score on classmate Frank Pettinato's (Cranston, RI) sacrifice fly to right, tying the ballgame at one in the third. Two stanzas later, the hosts threatened by placing runners on second and third with one out and Pettitnato in another RBI opportunity. The righty ripped the Lodge delivery back up the middle but a full-length dive by shortstop Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) to the glove-side limited the Anchormen to just one score, keeping things at a 2-1 ballgame.
Needing just seven pitches to work a swift 1-2-3 inning in the seventh, Lodge got the troops back into the dugout in a matter of a few short minutes to set the stage for the Corsair offense. After Ramirez worked a walk, senior Josh O'Neil (Halifax, Mass.) laid down a perfect bunt down the first base line to move his fellow middle-infielder 90 feet over. The junior then advanced to third on a passed ball, eventually coming home to re-tie the score on sophomore Nate Tellier's (Attleboro, Mass.) bullet back up the middle for an RBI single. Wood encored the offensive effort with a two-run shot that sailed over the right field wall for a 4-2 margin in favor of the Blue and Gold, chasing Anchorman starter Stephen Noti (Warwick, RI) as a byproduct.
The Anchormen came back with a vengeance in their half of the eighth, as senior Tyler Rains (North Kingstown, RI) corked a two-run shot for a 5-4 advantage. In their last chance at the dish, leadoff man Tellier walked but was abruptly erased from the bases as he was the fourth Corsair to be erased stealing.
Inside the Numbers
- Corsair backstop Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) extends his reached-base streak to 20 contests. Vasquez has gotten onto the base paths in 12 straight games.
- UMass Dartmouth has now yielded 14 runs in the eighth inning of ballgames, matching its ninth inning woes.
- Entering the contest, the Blue and Gold were 11-2 when leading after seven innings.
- The Corsairs are amidst their longest losing streak of the season at three.
UMass Dartmouth will travel to Western New England on Thursday for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference clash.