March 14, 2010
AUBURNDALE, FL-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Westfield State, 6-5, in the first game of a doubleheader at the Lake Myrtle Complex Sunday afternoon. The Owls won the nightcap, 10-2. The doubleheader was the season opener for both teams.
Senior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) singled to right center field with one out and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning to drive in the tying and winning runs. Junior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) started the rally when he drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice by sophomore third baseman John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine). Senior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) was intentionally walked, and junior designated hitter Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Macchi doubled in a run in the first for UMD, McDermott douvled in two more in the second, and sophomore second baseman Steve Lajoie (Gardner, MA/Gardner HS/Dean College) singled in another in the fourth as the Corsairs took a 4-0 lead. The Owls tied it with four runs in the fourth anf took the lead on an unearned run in the fifth. Sophomore Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS), who relieved starter Nick Fuller (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS) in the fourth, earned the victory, while junior Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS), who pitched a scoreless seventh, earned the save. Reliever Dave Glass took the loss for WSC.
The Owls scored three times each in the third, fifth and seventh innings of the second game. Right fielder Sean Geary had a double, a homer and four runs batted in, while third baseman Matt Kelly and left fielder Kevin Lyons each drove in a pair of runs. Senior Adam Gustafson (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) went 4 2/3 innings and took the loss for the Corsairs, while started Bob Sinopoli, who pitched 4 2/3 innings for the Owls, earned the victory.
"It was a good day, but it could have been better," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran, "Westfield is a good team, they won the MASCAC last year and won a couple of games at regionals. We stayed with them in the first game and they got away from us a little bit in the second game."
Both teams now have 1-1 records. The Corsairs will return to action when they play Messiah in a doubleheader Monday. .
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