March 31, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Senior designated hitter Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) singled to center field with one out and the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team edged visiting Framingham State, 16-15, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday.
Askeland's hit drove in junior outfielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) from third base. LaDore pinch-ran for sophomore third baseman Anthony Fiorita (Reading, MA/St. John's prep), who led off the 10th with a single, moved to second on a hit by sophomore first baseman Chris Benevides (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS), and advanced to third on an infield hit by junior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS).
The Corsairs had come from behind to tie the game with five runs in the bottom of the eighth. Freshman second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) singled home one run, and Benevides capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.
The Rams led early, as junior first baseman Ryan McCarthy (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) hit a two-run homer in the first inning and sophomore right fielder Steve Tramontozzi (Watertown, MA /Watertown HS) and freshman shortstop Joe Sheehan (Burlington, MA/Burlington HS) hit back-to-back homers in the third. UMass Dartmouth scored six times in the bottom of the third to take an 8-5 lead, getting runs on infield grounders by Askeland and senior left fielder Mike Mitchell (Boston, MA/Boston Latin HS) and RBI singles by DeMello and Fiorita.
Macchi singled home two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 10-5, UMD, but the Rams scored seven runs in the seventh to seize a 12-10 advantage. McCarthy had a run-scoring double, and junior second baseman Dave Leach doubled home two more. Sophomore catcher Sean Callahan-Montague (Watertown, MA/Watertown HS) and sophomore center fielder Jason Hutchinson (Kingston, MA/Curry) had sacrifice flies in the eighth to give FSC a 15-10 lead, setting the stage for the Corsairs' comeback.
"We didn't pitch well and we gave them too many chances on defense," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "They're a good hitting team; you can't do that against them. I have to give us credit for coming back. We kept fighting back, and we didn't quit, and we wound up with a win when we didn't play that well."
Reliever Kyle Merrill (Dennis, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS), the fifth Corsair pitcher, earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, improving his record to 2-0. Senior Matt Nicholson (Watertown, MA/Watertown HS), the fourth and final pitcher for the Rams, took the loss and dropped to 1-3.
UMD improved to 4-12 with the victory, while Framingham State dropped to 3-13 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Salve Regina Wednesday evening. The Rams will host Rivier Wednesday.
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