March 25, 2011
PROVIDENCE, RI-Host Johnson & Wales broke a 6-6 tie with five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 11-6, in a non-conference game at Pierce Field Friday afternoon.
Second baseman Nick Alosco, right fielder Zach Boyes and third baseman Jake Dickerson had run-scoring hits for the Wildcats in the bottom of the eighth, center fielder Bryan Sayers was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and shortstop Alex Pezzutto drove in a run with a fielder's choice as JWU also took advantage of a pair of UMass Dartmouth errors.
Freshman center fielder Shane Leupold (Newington, CT/Newington HS) had staked the Corsairs to a 1-0 lead with a second inning RBI single, senior designated hitter Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) broke a 1-1 tie with a solo homer in the third, and UMD took a 5-1 lead with four runs in the top of the fifth. Leupold scored on a wild pitch, and senior catcher Zac Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) tripled home two more.
But the Wildcats rallied for four runs in the last of the fifth to tie the score. Left fielder Teddy Katz drove in the tying runs with a double. UMD went ahead in the top of the sixth when they took advantage of an error to take a 6-5 lead, but JWU tied it in their half of the sixth on Alosco's triple and a sacrifice fly by first baseman Matt Yeager.
Marc Sommerhalter, the third of three Wildcat pitchers, earned the victory with two innings of scoreless relief and improved to 2-0. Senior Chris Contre (East Bridgewater, MA, East Bridgewater HS), who relieved sophomore starter Mike St. Martin (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) in the sixth inning, took the loss and dropped to 1-1.
The Corsairs fell to 6-6 with the defeat, while the Wildcats improved to 6-8 with the victory. UMD will return to action when they visit Fitchburg State for a doubleheader Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH BASEBALL