March 25, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-A gamble by Head Coach Bob Curran of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team paid off, and the Corsairs broke their losing streak with a 4-3 victory over Bridgewater State in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Wednesday.
Curran had sophomore catcher Zac Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) running with sophomore left fielder Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) at the plate with no one out in the bottom of the sixth inning and the score tied, 3-3. McDermott singled to center field, the ball got by BSC senior centerfielder J.T. Mooney (North Attleboro, MA), and Talis came around from first base to score the winning run.
"McDermott got a base hit up the middle, and Talis was going to third," said Curran. "The ball got by the center fielder, and Eric Alberto, our third base coach, waved him home."
Freshman designated hitter David Dole (West Bridgewater, MA) had singled in a run in the first inning to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. The Corsairs took the lead back in the bottom of the first, scoring twice on an RBI single by junior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) and Talis' RBI grounder. Sophomore shortstop Pat McDonough (North Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) made it 3-, UMD, with a run-scoring single in the second inning, but BSC junior catcher Matt Greenberg (Norwell, MA) hit a two-run homer in the third to tie the game.
Corsair sophomore right-hander Shane Campbell (Marlboro, MA/Marlboro HS) limited the Bears to two base-runners in the next three innings, and got the first two outs in the seventh before senior second baseman Brad Koneski (North Dighton, MA) walked and Mooney doubled. Junior Nial Mitchell (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) relieved Campbell and got junior third baseman Mark Claffey (Bellingham, MA) to ground out to shortstop to end the threat, then retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his first save of the season.
Campbell allowed seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out four to earn his first win against two losses. Senior Dave Liffers (Norwell, MA), who allowed seven hits in six innings, gave up only one earned run but took the loss, falling to 0-2.
"Our pitchers did a good job," said Curran. "Campbell pitched well, and Nial Mitchell came in with two out and two on and got a ground ball to shortstop to get out of a jam. It was great to win, we finally finished things off. Hopefully, now we can relax and keep it going."
UMD improved to 1-11 with the victory, while Bridgewater dropped to 7-7 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Wheaton Thursday afternoon. The Bears will host Suffolk Thursday.
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