March 17, 2009
WINTER HAVEN, FL-Salem State exploded for 10 runs in the seventh and eighth innings and came from behind to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 15-6, in the Russmatt Baseball Central Florida Invitational Tournament Tuesday.
The Vikings, who trailed, 6-5 after six innings, took advantage of a pair of Corsair errors to erase a 6-5 UMass Dartmouth advantage.
The Corsairs took a 4-0 first inning lead, using an RBI double by senior first baseman Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS), a run-scoring triple by junior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS), an error, and a run-producing double by sophomore right fielder Pete Beksha (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) to jump out on top.
SSC came back and scored twice in the second inning, then took a 5-4 lead before UMass Dartmouth rallied. The Corsairs scored twice in the fifth on Macchi's RBI double and a run-scoring single by sophomore catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS), setting the stage for Salem State's decisive rally.
"They got runners on second and third, and we didn't make a couple of plays, and the floodgates opened," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We got emotionally caught up in the game. We have to settle down and relax, so we don't make mistakes. We're starting to hit the ball better, and we hope to put it together the next few games."
UMD dropped to 0-6 with the defeat, while Salem State improved to 3-2 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will play a doubleheader against Bowdoin Wednesday.
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