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Mountaineers Tripped Up At New Bedford, 8-2

July 20, 2019 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Vermont Mountaineers News Release

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A four-run onslaught by the New Bedford Bay Sox in the fourth inning was enough to doom the Vermont Mountaineers on Saturday evening at Paul Walsh Field in a key New England Collegiate Baseball League tilt.

The Bay Sox grabbed the early lead almost immediately in the opening inning, as lead-off hitter Thomas Blandini found himself on base on a single out to center field before making his way around to third on the following two at-bats. Jake Suddleson capitalized on having his teammate in scoring position, reaching base on an error that gave Blandini time to score.

Vermont quickly gained their first lead in the ensuing frame, kicked off by a Brian Goulard (Garden City, N.Y. / Hofstra University) drive to center field that narrowly escaped Rafe Chaumette's grasp and allowed Goulard to advance to second. Facing two outs, Sean Flaherty (Orangeburg, N.Y. / Hofstra University) brought his college teammate home on another hit out to center field. Flaherty himself found his way home on a Matt McDermott (Little Falls, N.J. / College of William and Mary) line drive through the second base gap, giving the Mountaineers the 2-1 edge.

After a third frame with little fanfare, New Bedford rallied to reclaim the advantage behind four runs in the fourth inning. Parke Phillips and Josh Goldstein started the landslide with back-to-back home runs, before a Ryan Markey single out to left field, coupled with a costly error, brought both Blandini and Josh Goldstein home. The Mountaineers could not find an answer, as the home team picked up three insurance runs between the sixth, seventh and eighth frames from Phillips, Chaumette and Markey to secure the 8-2 win.

Christian Scafidi (Clementon, N.J. / University of Pennsylvania) suffered the loss for Vermont, giving up nine hits and five runs in four innings of play. Tylor Arruda picked up the win, pitching three frames and allowing just one Mountaineer hit.

The loss drops Vermont to 20-17, and the team will now conclude their southern road trip with a 6:05 p.m. showdown tomorrow, Jul. 21, against the Mystic Schooners in Groton, Conn.

You can follow all of the action online all season long on the NECBL Broadcast Network.

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