April 16, 2011
PLYMOUTH, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team split their Little East Conference doubleheader with host Plymouth State at Panther Park Saturday. The Corsairs won the opener, 4-3, and the Panthers came back to take the nightcap in 10 innings, 5-4.
UMass Dartmouth scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning of the opener, breaking a 3-3 tie on a sacrifice fly by junior second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS). Senior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) singled with one out in the ninth, moved to second on a hit by freshman designated hitter Bedward Ortiz (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS), went to third on an error and scored on DeMello's sacrifice fly.
Senior catcher Zac Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) singled home a run for UMass Dartmouth in the first inning, DeMello hit another sacrifice fly in the third, and junior first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North Reading, MA/ St. John's Prep) singled in a run in the fourth to make it 3-1. PSU tied it in the seventh on an RBI triple by first baseman Mike Cappiello. Junior Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS), who came in with two out in the bottom of the seventh, earned the victory in relief of senior starter Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS) and improved to 3-0. Starter Jonathan Bishop took the loss for PSU and dropped to 1-4.
The Corsairs battled back in the nightcap after the Panthers scored three times in the bottom of the first inning. Talis singled home runs in the third and fifth and McDermott singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth after the tying run scored on a passed ball. PSU catcher Dan Eagan tied the game with an RBI single in the eighth and won it with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th. Rew Wilson, the third Panther pitcher, earned the win and improved to 1-0. Lavey took the loss in relief of senior starter Shane Campbell (Marlboro, MA/Marlboro HS) and dropped to 3-1.
"We came back and got the win in the first game after they tied it, and we got the lead, and then they came back and tied it in the eighth and won it in the 10th in the second game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "The weather was absolutely brutal, it was cold and the wind was blowing in and it was a tough day to hit."
The Corsairs are now 10-13 and 4-3 in the Little East Conference, while the Panthers are now 6-19 and 1-6. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Tufts in a doubleheader Monday. PSU will host Lyndon State Sunday.
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