Baseball Falls to Wheaton in Home Opener, 12-6

Baseball Falls to Wheaton in Home Opener, 12-6

March 25, 2010

Final Stats

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Wheaton rallied for seven runs in their final three at-bats and spoiled the 2010 home opener for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, winning,12-6 at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Thursday afternoon.

The Lyons took the lead with four unearned runs in the seventh. With one out, junior right fielder Hadi Raad (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY/Hastings HS) reached on an error by junior first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North Reading, MA/St. John's Prep). Shortstop Eric Jensen was hit by a pitch. One out later, sophomore center fielder Hal Landers (Salem, NH/Salem HS) doubled home two runs. Freshman designated hitter Sean Ryan (Norton, MA/Norton HS) and senior left fielder Paul Malaguti (Andover, MA/Andover HS) followed with RBI singles to give Wheaton a 9-6 lead.

Junior designated hitter Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) gave the Corsairs a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a run-scoring single, but the Lyons took the lead in the top of the second, scoring on an error by starting pitcher Aaron Brunette (Fr. North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) and Jensen's run-scoring single. Talis singled in a run in the bottom of the third to tie the game. Senior catcher Jeff Lieneck (Foxboro, MA/Xaverian Brothers) homered in the top of the fourth to put the Lyons on top, but senior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) replied in kind in the last of the fourth to tie the score. Sophomore third baseman Dan Haugh (Andover, MA/St. John's Prep) walked with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth to put Wheaton on top, but the Corsairs took the lead with three runs in their half of the inning. Talis walked with the bases loaded to tie the score, and sophomore second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) singled home two more runs to put UMass Dartmouth ahead.

"We swung the bats well, and our pitching wasn't bad, but we didn't make the plays that we had to make," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We answered the challenge, but we didn't finish the job. Wheaton is a good team, and if you give a team like that extra outs, you are not going to beat them. We made four errors, and they didn't make any, and they capitalized when we gave them extra outs."

Freshman Justin Santiago (Bronx, NY/Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy), the third Wheaton pitcher, went two scoreless innings to earn the victory and improve to 1-0. Sophomore Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS), who gave up four unearned runs in an inning and a third, took the loss and dropped to 1-1.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 6-4 with the defeat, while Wheaton improved to 5-4 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Johnson & Wales Friday. Wheaton will host Endicott Friday. .