NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – The Becker College baseball team dropped a doubleheader to UMass Dartmouth on the Hawks' opening day, by scores of 8-2 and 11-1 Saturday afternoon at the New England Baseball Complex.
February 29, 2020
New England Baseball Complex
Records: Becker (0-2) | UMass Dartmouth (3-0)
GAME ONE: UMass Dartmouth 8, Becker 2
UMass Dartmouth took game one, as their pitching duo of Robbie Carrillo (Melrose, Mass.) and Shane Reardon (Kinnelon, N.J.) allowed just two runs on three hits throughout game one, and the Corsairs' offense pushed ahead in a powerful five-run second inning.
The Corsairs reached the board with no outs in the top of the first on a two-run homer from Tucker Hetherman (Webster, Mass.), succeeding a double from JR DiSarcina (Barnstable, Mass.). They added another run on an RBI double from Erick Ramirez (Boston, Mass.) to head into the bottom of the inning with a three-run lead.
Becker came close to matching the runs in the flip side of the inning, as juniors Coby Hussey (Claremont, N.H.) and Noah Rivera (New Bedford, Mass.) registered back-to-back homers. At the end of the first inning, the Corsairs held a 3-2 edge.
The game changed when the Corsairs came through with a five-run inning in the top of the second to advance their lead. The bases were loaded with two outs, and the second inning scoring started with an RBI walk from Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.). Up next, DJ Perron (Swansea, Mass.) hit a three RBI double to right center, plating Knell, Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.), and Hetherman. Another run crossed the plate on a wild pitch to give the Corsairs the 8-2 lead.
The Corsairs pitching staff held the Hawks to just one more hit throughout the remainder of the game – a single from Niko Mokanos (Montvale, N.J.). UMass Dartmouth left two runners on base twice in the fifth and sixth innings, but were unable to add to their lead.
- Carrillo earned the win as he pitched four innings and allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out eight batters. Reardon pitched three no-hit innings and struck out four batters in his appearance.
- UMass Dartmouth's Perron led the team with three RBI, while Hetherman followed with two RBI, two runs, and two hits on the day. DiSarcina also had two hits for the Corsairs, going 2-for-3 with one run.
- Becker's three hits came from Hussey, Rivera, and Mokanos.
- The Hawks' starting pitcher, Jacob Asdot (Jacksonville, Fla.) suffered the loss on the mound, allowing eight runs (one unearned) on six hits. Michael Martinez (Raleigh, N.C.) pitched in relief, while Omar Garrido (Providence, R.I.) closed and did not allow a Corsair run between the two.
GAME TWO: UMass Dartmouth 11, Becker 1
UMass Dartmouth's pitching staff of Hetherman, Logan Maitland (Tiverton, Mass.), and Zack DelVecchio (Braintree, Mass.) allowed just one Becker hit throughout the game, while the Corsairs offense scored 11 runs on 14 hits and one Becker error to come away with two wins this Saturday.
The Corsiars poured in three runs each in the first and second inning, and added four more in the third inning before the Hawks were able to put a run up in the top of the fourth on a passed ball. UMass Dartmouth added one more run in the bottom of the fourth to come to the 11-1 score.
- Hetherman earned the win in four innings pitched. He did not allow a hit during his appearance on the mound, and he struck out four batters.
- Both DiSarcina and Tellier went 3-for-3 from the dish in game two. Kyle Denis (Warwick, R.I.) went 2-for-2.
- Becker's lone hit came from Ross Audet (Swansea, Mass.) as he reached base three other additional times on walks.
- Becker's Tevon Johnson (New Bedford, Mass.) suffered the loss in 2.2 innings pitched, as he allowed 1- runs on eight hits and walked four batters. Joey Rego (Rumford, R.I.) pitched 3.1 innings in relief and allowed one run on six hits. He struck out seven batters in his first collegiate appearance.
Both teams travel to Central Florida next week and begin play at the RussMatt Invitational on Friday, March 6. Becker will have a doubleheader against New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) foe, Elms College, while UMass Dartmouth will play Alblon.
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