PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University baseball team was its own worst enemy on Friday. Errors, walks and base running mistakes cost the Wildcats in a 6-4 loss to UMass-Dartmouth.
UMass Dartmouth: 6-6
Johnson & Wales: 4-3
Dave Matthews (JWU): 3-4, 2 RBIs, 1 R
Edison Mercado (JWU): 3-4, 1 RBI
Nate Tellier (UMD): 2-5, 2 R
Johnson & Wales didn't help starting pitcher Brandon Budlong (Cranston, RI) during the first two innings. JWU committed three errors and Budlong walked two batters as UMass Dartmouth jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
The Wildcats fought their way back and scored two runs in the fifth to tie the game at 4-4. Right fielder Dave Matthews (Newtown, Conn.) picked up his third hit and second RBI when his single scored center fielder Rob Ballinger (South Kingston, RI), who started the inning with his second hit. Matthews came around to score on Edison Mercado's (Providence, RI) third hit.
The Corsairs got the winning run in the top of the sixth inning. Nate Tellier started the frame with his second hit of the day. He came around to score on a double by Ezequiel Sanchez. Tellier was one of three UMD players to pick up a pair of hits. Rookie right-hander Zack Delvecchio, who came on in the fifth to relieve starter Sean Callahan, picked up the victory by throwing two and two-thirds scoreless innings.
Budlong gave up five runs, three unearned, as he took the loss. Matthews, Ballinger and Mercado all had three hits for the Wildcats.
Johnson & Wales plays host to Keene State at 1 p.m. on Saturday.