Providence, R.I.--Senior catcher Tyler Rains (North Kingstown, RI) belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Rhode Island College baseball team to a thrilling, 5-4, victory over UMass Dartmouth in a Little East Conference contest played at Pontarelli Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Rhode Island College 5, UMass Dartmouth 4
(Rhode Island College 15-9, 5-2 LEC)
(UMass Dartmouth 14-11, 0-7 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• UMass Dartmouth struck first when an RBI fielder's choice from junior first baseman Jose Vasquez (Roxbury, MA) in the top of the first put the Corsairs up 1-0.
• RIC knotted the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third when senior center fielder Brad Douglas (South Kingstown, RI) scored on a sacrifice fly by classmate designated hitter Frank Pettinato (Cranston, RI).
• The Anchormen went up, 2-1, in the bottom of the fifth after Douglas scored again off of the bat of Pettinato, this time via an RBI ground out.
• UMD regained the lead in the top of the seventh when they plated three runs, including a two-run home run from junior left fielder Chris Wood (Berkley, MA), for the 4-2 lead.
• RIC cut the deficit down to 4-3 in the bottom of the frame as Douglas scored his third run of the day after a sacrifice fly from junior first baseman Tyler Walsh (Cumberland, RI).
• Rains then provided the heroics for Anchormen when his two-run blast to left field, his third home run of the season, put RIC up 5-4.
• Sophomore Mike Webb (Pawtucket, RI) closed out the game by retiring the side in the top of the ninth to secure the win for the Anchormen.
BY THE NUMBERS
• UMass Dartmouth scored four runs on seven hits.
• The Anchormen scored five runs on eight hits and one UMass Dartmouth error.
• Douglas went 2-for-3 with three runs scored for RIC, while Rains was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. He also gunned down four base stealers from behind the plate in the victory.
• Wood and sophomore center fielder Nate Tellier (Attleboro, MA) each had two hits in the loss for UMass Dartmouth.
• Webb notched the win for RIC, throwing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts.
• Sophomore Dean Streich (North Kingstown, RI) suffered the setback on the mound for UMD, allowing two runs on one hit in 1.2 innings of work.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Springfield tomorrow afternoon (3:30 p.m.).