May 13, 2010


Anchormen To Battle Warriors Tomorrow Morning

Willimantic, Conn.-Fourth-seeded UMass Boston handed third-seeded Rhode Island College an 11-0 loss in first round action of the 2010 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament Championship played at Eastern Connecticut.


The Anchormen (21-17) cannot lose the rest of the tournament in their quest for the program’s second Little East title (2005). RIC will face top seed and tournament host Eastern Connecticut tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. The Warriors swept a doubleheader from the Anchormen during the regular season. UMass Boston (21-15) advances to face second-seeded Keene State tomorrow at 1:15 p.m.


RIC and UMB played each other this past Sunday in Providence and split a doubleheader. Both clubs held back their top pitchers to set up a matchup of two of the Little East’s premier hurlers in RIC junior righty Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) and UMB sophomore southpaw James Dalton (Apopka, FL).


Unfortunately for the Anchormen, the game was heavily slanted towards the Beacons. Sophomore center fielder Mark McCormack (Shelton, CT) drove in a career-high matching five runs, while Dalton won his seventh straight decision with his third shutout of the season.



 Sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire


UMass Boston wasted no time in getting on the board with two runs in the top of the first inning when senior left fielder Drew Tambling (Sterling, MA) doubled inside the first base bag and scored ahead of sophomore center fielder Mark McCormack’s (Shelton, MA) fifth home run of the season and second in as many games vs. Rhode Island College following a roundtripper on Sunday at Anchormen Field. His homer hit the top of the right field fence and landed on the other side for a 2-0 lead.


The Beacons added two more runs in the fifth with McCormack providing the offense once again with his second two-run blast of the contest over the right center field fence to score Tambling, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.


McCormack was part of another two-run inning for UMass Boston in the sixth when he knocked in his career-high matching fifth run of the afternoon with a single to right field for a 6-0 lead. The Beacons began the inning with a single from senior designated hitter Jeff Outzen (San Mateo, CA) who scored on a double to right center off the bat of sophomore third baseman Mike Mattei (Sterling, MA). Mattei then scored on McCormack’s base knock. UMass Boston capped the scoring in the frame when junior second baseman Ryan Walsh (Newton, MA) scalded a ball to third that came up off the chest of the Anchormen third baseman to score freshman shortstop Matt Consiglio (Southbury, CT) with the Beacons’ seventh run.


The Beacons added two more runs in the seventh for multiple runs in three straight innings. Outzen led off the inning with a single to left center and later stole second, advanced to third on an errant pick off throw and scored on a passed ball.  Sophomore outfielder Ty Buccetti (Wallingford, CT) worked a walk and later came around to score on a double to the right field wall from Tambling for a 9-0 advantage.


UMass Boston kept the bats hot in the eighth, courtesy of junior catcher Tim Fontaine’s (Worcester, MA) school-record 10th homer of the season to give the visitors a 10-0 margin.


Rhode Island College threatened in the first when sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) led off with a single up the middle and senior center fielder Jared Rossi (Johnson, RI) drew a one-out bases on balls, but Dalton got out of the inning with a fly out and a strikeout.


The Anchormen looked to get something going in the ninth with junior first baseman Joseph Correia (Pascoag, RI) and Bracchi smacking back-to-back singles for the hosts’ first hits since the fourth inning. Dalton induced a double play as Correia advanced to third for Rhode Island College’s first runner to reach third base and Mattei made a diving backhand play at third and finished the play with a strong throw to first.


Dalton raised his record to 7-1 with a complete-game, five-hitter. The southpaw punched out at least one batter in the first six frames to finish the contest with eight strikeouts. Levesque surrendered seven runs on 10 hits, while striking out five for the Anchormen.


McCormack, Tambling, and Outzen each registered three hits for the visitors, while Mattei collected a pair of base knocks. Allaire went 2-for-4 to pace RIC offensively.