April 18, 2009
GORHAM, ME-Host Southern Maine scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a 12-12 tie in the nightcap and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 10-3 and 21-12, in a Little East Conference doubleheader at the USM Baseball Field Saturday.
The Corsairs had just scored seven times in the top of the fourth inning to tie the second game at 12-12. Freshman second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) had a two-run double in the fourth, while sophomore first baseman Chris Benevides (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS), senior left fielder Mike Mitchell (Boston, MA/Boston Latin HS) and junior third baseman Dave McGuire (Plainville, MA/King Philip Regional HS) contributed RBI doubles and junior center fielder Jeff Macchi *Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) drove in a run with an infield grounder.
Macchi and DeMello had run-scoring singles and senior designated hitter Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) added an RBI double in a four-run Corsair first, but the Huskies came right back with four in their half of the first, then added seven more in the second for an 11-5 lead. Third baseman Ryan Gaffney capped the second inning explosion with a three-run homer, while designated hitter Andrew Stacy doubled in a run and center fielder Ryan Pike doubled home two more in the fifth. Stacy, the third USM pitcher, pitched five scoreless innings to earn the victory, improving his record to 3-0. UMD junior starter Adam Gustafson took the loss and fell to 1-4.
In the opener, Benevides singled in a run in the second inning to tie the game at 1-1, and an infield grounder by sophomore catcher Zac Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) and DeMello's RBI singled in the fifth cut the Huskies' lead to 5-3. Southern Maine scored three times in the fifth, two on a single by designated hitter Collin Henry. Tim Therrian pitched the first five innings for Southern Maine and earned the win, improving to 6-0, while sophomore Tyler Noyes started and took the loss for the Corsairs, falling to 1-3.
"We hit the ball well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We had a lot of guys with several hits. The second game was back and forth, we got four, they got four, they got seven, we got seven, but we couldn't keep up with them. The same pitcher (Andrew Stacy) stopped us in both games." Stacy pitched three scoreless innings in the opener in relief of Therrian before Andrew deBethune finished.
UMD dropped to 6-19 and 3-6 in the Little East Conference, while Southern Maine improved to 26-3 and 8-1. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Elms in a doubleheader Sunday.
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