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Top-Three Seeds Win on Opening Day of 2019 LEC Baseball Tournament


No. 1 Southern Maine 5, No. 6 Castleton 3 – Box Score

The second-ranked Huskies (33-5) plated four early runs and that proved to be enough as they opened the tournament with a 5-3 victory over LEC newcomer Castleton (17-20). Southern Maine scored twice in the bottom of the first as senior Jake Dexter drove in junior Andrew Olszak with a ground out to third before fellow junior Andrew Hillier headed home on a triple to gap in right-center field off the bat of senior Devin Warren. Olszak scored again in the second on sophomore Sam Troiano's single to left, and Warren recorded what would be the game-winning run on after sending lead-off triple to right.

The Spartans got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Senior Matt Jackson scored on an error to get Castleton on the board before sophomore Josh Ferro crossed the plate on senior Pat Mumford's ground out to third. Ferro scored for a second time in the seventh as Mumford reached on an error, cutting the Spartans deficit to one. Dexter then scored Southern Maine's fifth and final run in the bottom of the frame on senior Jack Sylvia's bases-loaded ground out to second.

Sophomore Joshua Joy earned the decision for the Huskies after allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits while fanning five over six innings. Dexter earned the save following a scoreless ninth. Junior Garrett Moran took the loss for Castleton after allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out six in his six innings of work.

No. 2 UMass Boston 2, No. 5 UMass Dartmouth 1 (11 Innings) – Box Score

The second game of the day required extra innings after both teams were limited to just one run each through the first nine innings. Both teams left runners on base in the 10th before UMass Boston (27-11) put runners on second and third with two away for senior Eddie Riley, who drove a double to center field that plated senior Kyle Boudrias with the game-winning run.

Senior closer Bobby Tramondozzi earned the decision on the hill for the Beacons after scattering two hits and a walk while striking out five batters over his 3.1 innings of extended relief. Junior Ben Gottesmen got the start for UMass Boston, allowing one run on five hits with four Ks, while sophomore Tyler Arruda did not allow a hit over his two innings of relief.

UMass Dartmouth (17-20) senior Matt Cronin allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out seven over his seven innings of work. Junior Nate Tellier took the loss for the Corsairs after allowing one run on four hits over his 3.2 innings of relief. Tellier started the game in center field, and was 3-for-5 at the plate.

No. 3 Rhode Island College 5, No. 4 Eastern Connecticut 4 – Box Score

The Anchormen saw their three-run lead slip away in the top of the ninth as Eastern Connecticut rallied to tie the game at 4-4 before walking off with the 5-4 decision in the bottom of the frame. Rhode Island College put runners on first and second with one away, setting the stage for junior Ryan Rotondo to drive in classmate Josh Silva with a single to left to end the game.

Eastern Connecticut trailed 4-1 heading into the ninth, and scored three times after loading the bases while down to their final out. Senior William Coleman scored from third after sophomore Jack Rich was hit by a pitch to make it 4-2 before an error allowed senior Dale Keller and freshman Owen Marica to head home and tie the game. Sophomore Luke Broadhurst then struck out to end the inning with the potential go-ahead run on second.

Junior Jake Rockefeller picked up the decision despite giving up three runs (one earned) over his one inning or relief work. Classmate Mike Webb got the start for the Anchormen and allowed just one run on four hits while striking out six batters over eight innings. Warriors' senior Jordan Muchin took the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on 11 hits while striking out seven over his 8-plus innings.

Day-Two Schedule
No. 5 UMass Dartmouth vs. No. 6 Castleton (home) – 12:00 p.m.
No. 1 Southern Maine vs. No. 4 Eastern Connecticut (home) - 3:30 p.m.
No. 2 UMass Boston vs. No. 3 Rhode Island College (home) - 7:00 p.m.