April 9, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team was one run away from a sweep of their Little East Conference doubleheader against visiting Keene State at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon.
But the Owls scored twice in the top of the 10th inning of the nightcap and held on for a 2-0 victory and a split after the Corsairs won the opener, 9-7.
UMD fell behind early in the opener, but scored twice in the third on an RBI double by senior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) and an RBI grounder by senior designated hitter Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) cut the deficit to 3-2.
UMass Dartmouth scored four runs in the fourth to take a 6-3 lead, scoring twice on an RBI single by junior second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) and once each on RBI doubles by sophomore right fielder Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and junior first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North Reading, MA/St. John's Prep).
KSC scored twice in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by junior designated hitter Larry Longo (Londonderry, NH/ Derryfield HS) and an RBI single by junior first baseman Dan Arsenault (Hot Springs, AR/Dean CC).
UMD expanded their lead in the seventh, getting a run on a bases-loaded walk to Fiorita and two more on a single by McDermott. Junior shortstop Juan Bisono (New Britain, CT/Manchester CC) singled home two runs in the ninth before junior reliever Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) shut the door. Senior Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS), who pitched the first seven innings for the Corsairs, earned the victory and improved to 2-4. Starter Chris Crutcher (So. Londonderry, NH/SNHU) took the loss for KSC and dropped to 2-3.
In the nightcap, senior starter Shane Campbell (Marlboro, MA/Marlboro HS) of the Corsairs and junior Tim Thiesing (South Grafton, MA/South Grafton HS) of the Owls locked up in a pitching duel that was scoreless until the 10th inning. Junior center fielder Kyle Morrill (Auburn, NH/Memorial HS) doubled home the first run in the top of the 10th, and .junior left fielder Erik Bergstrom (Enfield, CT/Enrico Fermi HS) singled home the other. Senior Corey Vogt (Suffield, CT/Suffield HS), who relieved Thiesing in the eighth inning, earned the win and improved to 3-0, while Campbell took the loss and dropped to 2-2. Sophomore Eric Perrault (Salem, NH/Salem HS) earned his first save.
"We played well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "It was nice that we came back in game one after they took the lead and we kept adding to it. In the second game, both starting pitchers were outstanding. That's the way it is in baseball. I was disappointed that we lost game two, but we played very well all day."
The Corsairs are now 8-10 and 2-2 in the Little East Conference, while the Owls are 14-6 and 2-2. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Brandeis for a doubleheader Sunday. Keene State will visit Babson Sunday.
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