BULLDOGS DROP 6-1 TO UMASS LOWELL
Smithfield, RI - The Bryant University baseball team welcomed Northeast-10 opponent UMass Lowell to the Bryant Baseball Complex on Thursday afternoon. UMass Lowell won the game 6-1 behind eight strong innings of three-hit ball from senior Dan Shaughnessy (Lowell, MA). The River Hawks improve to 31-8 overall and 18-6 in the conference while the Bulldogs drop to 14-29 overall and 12-11 in the NE-10.
UMass Lowell started hot out of the gate scoring three times in the top of the first on four hits. Sophomore Tim Manton (Swansea, MA) knocked in the River Hawks' first run with an RBI double. Manton also scored two runs in the game. Senior Tim Dempsey (Lexington, MA) also contributed an RBI single in the first knocking in Manton. Dempsey finished 2-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Bulldogs would get one run back in the bottom of the second on an error by the right fielder who dropped the ball allowing sophomore Mark Dondero (Medfield, MA) to score who reached on a single.
The River Hawks would extend their lead in the top of the third scoring two unearned runs. Junior Patrick Wilson (Dracut, MA) drove home the first run on an RBI double. He finished with two hits. Freshman Tim Keene (Berlin, NH) brought in Lowell's fifth run on a sacrifice fly to center. They would add another run in the top of the ninth on an RBI double by freshman Brendan Fullerton (Beverly, MA) to take the 6-1 victory. Fullerton led the team with three hits with one RBI.
Shaughnessy tossed eight innings for UMass Lowell allowing just three hits and one unearned run. He picked up his fifth win of the season and is now 5-0.
Freshmen Evan Ray (Holden, MA) and Ben Conn (Holden, MA) combined for four shutout innings of relief for Bryant.
The Bulldogs will play on Saturday, April 29 when they will travel to American International with a start time of 12:00 pm.