April 12, 2014

Baseball Splits With UMass Dartmouth In LEC Play

BROCKTON, Mass. – Senior righty Daniel Heefner (Tracy, Calif.) earned his first conference win since the 2012 season as he led baseball to an 8-4 game one over UMass Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at Campanelli Stadium.  In game two the Corsairs would score 10 runs on 15 hits to earn a 10-4 decision and earn a Little East Conference split with the Beacons.

Saturday's split marked the third straight for both teams as UMass Boston now stands at 10-11 overall, 3-3 in the Little East.  The Corsairs are now 11-12 on the year, and 3-3 in the conference following the doubleheader.

Heefner would record his second win of the 2014 season after going the final three innings in the opener in which he allowed just one hit, while striking out two.  Also playing a major part in the game one victory was the Beacons seven-run bottom of the seventh to give them the 8-4 victory over the Corsairs.  Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) finished 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in the victory and also had one of the Beacons two doubles.

In the nightcap, the Corsairs jumped out to 4-2 lead through the fourth and never looked back as they tacked on two more in the sixth and four in the ninth.  The Beacons plated a run in the seventh and eighth, but were never able to retake the lead. 

Cory DeMedeiros led UMass Dartmouth as he went 4-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored in the doubleheader.  After a quiet game one, Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) crushed a pair of triples in game two for the Beacons, while Nick Brothers (Danville, Calif.) finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored in the nightcap.

GAME ONE – UMass Boston 8, UMass Dartmouth 4

The Corsairs got on the scoreboard in the top of the first on an unearned run, and would score two more in the top of the fourth to take a 3-0 lead.  UMass Boston got on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the same inning on a bases loaded hit by pitch which plated Ezold.  After a scoreless fifth, the Corsairs pushed their lead back to three on an RBI single by Matt Russell. 

Going into the seventh still trailing by three (4-1), the Beacons would unload seven runs on three hits, which included doubles from Ezold and Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.) which drove in three runs.  The Corsairs pitching staff would struggle in the inning as they hit two batters, walked three, and allowed one run on a wild pitch.

Kyle Szatrowski (Agawam, Mass.) got the start for the Beacons and went six complete innings and allowed the four runs, three earned, on seven hits.  He also struck out four and walked two.  For the Corsairs, Karney Boff was handed the loss after going just 1/3 of inning in which he surrendered five runs, all earned, on two hits while also walking two and hitting one. 

George Agostini led UMD at the plate with three hits, including one double and drove in one run.  Russell finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.

GAME TWO - UMass Boston 4, UMass Dartmouth 10

In the nightcap, the Corsairs would once again drive in the first run of the game, this time in the top of the second on a RBI double by DeMedeiros.  UMass Boston responded with a two run bottom of the third to take their first lead of the game.  The Beacons would start off the inning with back-to-back walks to put runners on first and second. 

They would score their first run of the afternoon on an error, which allowed Bryan Failla (Torrington, Conn.) to reach home.  Szatrowski drove in the Beacons second run, unearned, on an RBI groundout to the second baseman to make it 2-1.

Boston's lead was short lived as the Corsairs put-up three runs in the fourth on five hits.  They would then score two more in the sixth to extend their lead to 6-2.  The Beacons third run of game two came in the bottom of the seven when Szatrowski reached on an RBI fielder's choice.  After a scoreless top of the eighth, the Beacons cut into the lead with another run to make it 6-4. 

LaPaglia represented the fourth and final run of the day for UMB after crushing his second triple of the contest down the right field line.  His two triples tied the single game record at UMass Boston, and made him just the ninth player to ever accomplish the feat. 

In the ninth the Corsairs stopped the Beacons late inning rally dead as they erupted for four runs on four hits to make it 10-4.  Sean Callahan who stepped on the hill in the eighth picked-up his first save of the day after retiring the Beacons in order in the bottom of the ninth.  Steve Colella earned the win, his third, after going 6 1/3.  Colella allowed three runs on three hits, and struck out three.

Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, Mass.) was charged with the loss after giving up six runs on 11 hits through six complete innings.

Baseball returns to action on Monday when they host Fitchburg State University at 4 p.m. at Campanelli Stadium.