By Arpeni Mael, Editor-in-Chief
The men’s baseball team was host to UMass Boston this past Sunday in the Little East Conference Opening Series.
Two UMass Boston home runs in game one were able to lift the visitors to the opening win, even though senior ace Sean Callahan striked out six in the first five innings.
Senior pitcher Dan Mantoni blasted a two-run homerun to left field, which helped the Beacons jump out to the early lead in the top of the third.
Chris Fowler extended the advantage with a solo shot to right field. Fowler cleared the fence in the fourth. Callahan escaped the rest of the frame by striking out the next three batters.
A two-run double to centerfield by Kyle Boudrias of UMass Boston in the top of the fifth pushed their lead to 5-0.
Ryan Ainslie lifted a fly ball to left field to score Ezequiel Sanchez from third, helping the Corsairs score.
The Beacons added four more runs in the sixth, capping the final two innings with three more.
Taylor Cacciola launched a bomb to centerfield, bringing the Corsairs margin down to a 12-3 deficit.
The Corsairs bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh, as they striked twice to rally past the Beacons for the 5-4 win in the second contest.
Senior Dylan Collett earned the start as he tossed 4.1 frames with one earned run and a pair of strikeouts. Benjamin Lodge collected the victory in the final three frames, as he allowed only one hit.
Five different Corsairs drove in solitary RBIs for their offensive effort as first-year Mike Knells led 3-for-4 performance.
UMass Boston earned an early advantage on a homer in the top of the first, with a bat of Fowler.
UMass Dartmouth was able to answer quickly as they plated a pair in the bottom of the second with a double by Zach Courier and Mitch Baker, making it 3-2.
In the top half of the fifth, Robbie Carrillo relieved Collett and with runners on first and second, they escaped the jam with a double play.
In the bottom of the seventh, Erick Ramirez found the gap in the left center field for a two-bagger. Nate Tellier scored from second.
The Corsairs then captured the lead on a base-hit through the left side of the infield.
A double play by the Beacons’ Lodge ended the game.
UMass Dartmouth was back on home field as they hosted Bridgewater State for a single game and the first pitch was scheduled for 3 p.m.