Boston, Mass.--The fourth-seeded Rhode Island College baseball team dropped a, 6-4, decision to sixth-seeded UMass Dartmouth in game eight of the 2018 Little East Conference Championship, hosted by UMass Boston on Friday. The loss eliminated RIC from the tournament and ends the Anchormen's season.
UMass Dartmouth 6, Rhode Island College 4
UMass Dartmouth (25-14)
Rhode Island College (20-15)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• UMass Dartmouth got on the board first when an RBI fielder's choice from sophomore first baseman Mitch Baker (Braintree, MA) gave the Corsairs a 1-0 led in the top of the first.
• RIC answered in the bottom of the third when they capitalized on a UMD error to knot the game at 1-1.
• The Corsairs regained the lead in the top of the fifth when an RBI double from sophomore center fielder Nate Tellier (Attleboro, MA) gave UMD the 2-1 advantage.
• UMass Dartmouth added to its lead in the top of the sixth when they plated four runs, which included an RBI single from junior left fielder Pat Vartanian (Canton, MA), to make the score 6-1.
• RIC rallied in the bottom of the eighth when sophomore second baseman Nate Vigeant (Coventry, RI) drew a bases loaded walk to make the score 6-2. Sophomore catcher Sam Franco (Cranston, RI) later scored on a passed ball to put the game at 6-3 and the Anchormen closed to 6-4 on an RBI groundout from senior center fielder Brad Douglas (South Kingstown, RI).
• RIC sent the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn't push across the necessary runs as UMass Dartmouth held on to advance in the tourney.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Tellier went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, while senior second baseman Josh O'Neil (Halifax, MA) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, in the win for UMass Dartmouth.
• Nate Vigeant went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the setback for RIC.
• Senior Ben Lodge (Blackstone, MA) picked up the win for UMD, allowing one unearned run on four hits with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work.
• Senior Andrew Veiga (Lincoln, RI) suffered the setback for RIC in an eight-inning effort.