March 23, 2011
East Providence, R.I. - Junior southpaw James Dalton (Apopka, FL) recorded 10 strikeouts over seven innings of work to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston baseball team over Johnson and Wales, 9-2, Wednesday afternoon in East Providence, RI. With the loss JWU is now 4-8 overall while UMass Boston improves to 3-7 for the season.
Johnson & Wales jumped out to the early lead when senior Nick Alosco (Mahopac, N.Y.) belted a solo home run in the bottom of the first to put the Wildcats up 1-0. UMass Boston answered in the top of the third after sophomore Nick Grassetti (Agawam, Mass.) led off with a double and scored on an RBI groundout by junior Mike Mattei (Spencer, Mass.), knotting the game at 1-1. JWU threatened in the bottom of the fifth when they loaded the bases, but failed to push a run across as the game remained tied after five innings of play. In the top of the sixth, Mattei led off with a single and came around to score on an RBI single by junior Mark McCormack (Shelton, Conn.) to give the Beacons the 2-1 lead. A two run double by senior Connor Reinfurt (Manchester, N.H.) put UMB up 4-1 and the Beacons added two more in the frame to take the 6-1 advantage. With UMass Boston up 7-1 in the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Pete Rosa (Amber, Pa.), tallied an RBI single to cut the lead to 7-2. That would be as close as the Wildcats would get however as the Beacons tacked on two more runs run in the seventh en route to the 9-2 victory.
Mattei was two-for-three with two runs and an RBI for UMass Boston while senior Jose Roman Santon (Tenares, Dominican Republic) was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the victory for the Beacons. Alosco went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in the setback for the Wildcats.
Senior Jason Tsangrides (Hinsdale, Mass.) took the loss for JWU, allowing six runs on six hits in six innings of work while Dalton recorded the win for UMB, throwing seven innings while giving up two runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts.
The Wildcats will return to action on Thursday, March 24th when they host Framingham State for a non-conference contest beginning at 3:30 p.m. while UMass Boston hits the diamond again on Sunday, March 27 vs. Suffolk University.
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