Recap courtesy of UMass Dartmouth
|Malcolm Nachmanoff hit his seventh home run for Tufts|
DARTMOUTH - University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Kenny Michael tallied a career-high five rbis to help the Corsairs overcome a pair of four-run deficits to defeat Tufts University, 13-10, at the UMD baseball field on Wednesday afternoon.
The win was the second of the season for the Corsairs over the Jumbos. They won a 9-8, 10-inning game on April 22. The Corsairs are now 22-12 while the Jumbos dropped to 18-15.
The non-conference tilt started well for Tufts as they scored four times in the first inning. Malcolm Nachmanoff, Casey Santos-Ocampo and Christian Zazzali hit consecutive rbi singles and the fourth run scored on a Corsair error.
However, the hosts responded with a four-spot of their own in the bottom of the season. Michael initiated the offense with a towering shot to left with the count full, halving the deficit. Junior Chris Wood grounded out to the backed-up infield to put the team within one before sophomore Mitch Baker's rbi rip back up the shoot to tie things up.
In the third, three unearned runs crossed the plate for the visitors to take the 7-4 lead just moments after seeing their lead evaporate. The Jumbos scored twice during an error on a bunt by Santos-Ocampo, who then scored on a double-play ball. Nachmanoff then hit his team-best seventh home run of the season in the top of the fourth and Tufts led 8-4.
Down four once again, Wood came through with a two-run single to the gap for UMD. An inning later, the eight and nine hitters in Michael and Erick Ramirez, respectively, tallied rbis to make it a brand-new ballgame for the second instance at 8-8.
Junior Jose Vasquez reached by an error in the sixth to plate Wood and sophomore Nate Tellier as the Corsairs took their first lead of the day at 10-8. With two aboard, Michael laced a single to left for an rbi single to extend the margin to 11-8.
Like the two teams' affair earlier this season, Tufts would not go away quietly in the late innings. In the eighth, senior Nick Falkson submitted a run-producing double and then later came around to score on Santos-Ocampo's sac fly to center as the visitors closed to within 11-10.
In the bottom of the eighth, UMass Dartmouth sophomore Mike Knell would provide the first of two insurance runs in the eighth via an rbi groundout. That queued up Michael's single to center to score Vasquez for what would be the final run of the 23 total to score on the afternoon.
Sophomore Robbie Carrillo picked up his second win of the year, as his clean inning of work in the sixth preceded the Corsairs' go-ahead run-scoring frame. Despite being charged with six runs, junior Ryan Britton surrendered zero earned. Just three of the Jumbos' 10 scores were earned overall. All nine starters picked up a base-knock for the hosts this afternoon. Vasquez turned in a three-hit performance from the batter's box.
Nachmanoff led Tufts at 2 for 4 with three runs and two rbis. Zazzali also had two hits for Tufts, while Falkson and Santos-Ocampo both scored three runs.
The Jumbos had their double-header at Middlebury on Sunday cancelled and are looking to add games to make up for it. The Corsairs round out the 2018 regular season by travelling to Keene State on Friday for a LEC twin bill.