March 24, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Becker scored 12 times in their final two at bats and came from behind to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 12-6, in the Corsairs' 2009 home opener at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday.
The Corsairs had built a 6-0 lead after seven innings, scoring on a wild pitch in the first inning, adding three runs in the third on a solo home run by sophomore second baseman Anthony Fiorita (Reading, MA/St. John's Prep) and a two-run double by sophomore first baseman Chris Benevides (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS), and adding a pair of runs in the fifth on RBI singles by sophomore right fielder Carlos Sanchez (Millbury, MA/Millbury HS) and sophomore shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS).
Junior right-hander Adam Gustafson, who had limited the Hawks to one hit through the first seven innings, retired the first two hitters in the eighth before three consecutive hits, the third an RBI single by Frank Vaccaro, and a hit batsman ended his afternoon. A bases-loaded walk, a two-run single by Jairo Valdez and Fiorita's error resulted in six runs for the Hawks before freshman reliever Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) got the third out.
Lavey retired two of the first three men he faced in the ninth, but Weston Meehan reached on McDermott's error, and Josue Lopez and Keith Kandel each had run-scoring hits, while Geoff Sinnott and Joe Corey each doubled in a pair of runs. Cody Carlson, the third Becker pitcher, worked three scoreless innings to earn the victory, improving to 1-0, while Lavey took the loss and fell to 0-1.
"We played great baseball for seven innings, we just couldn't close it out," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We couldn't make a play when we needed to, and we didn't take advantage of all of our opportunities."
UMD dropped to 0-11 with the defeat, while Becker improved to 4-5 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Bridgewater State Wednesday afternoon. The Hawks will visit WPI Wednesday.
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