April 18, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team jumped out to a 7-0 lead and defeated UMass Boston, 12-7, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Sunday. UMass Boston took the opener, 7-3. The doubleheader was moved from Yetten Field in Waltham due to field conditions. UMass Boston was the home team and batted last in both games.
Junior catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) gave the Corsairs an early lead in the nightcap when he hit a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Junior designated hitter Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) made it 2-0 with a two-run shot in the top of the third and junior first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North Reading, MA/St. John's Prep) and junior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) extended the lead with RBI doubles in the sixth.
Sophomore center fielder Mark McCormack (Shelton, CT/Shelton HS) put the Beacons on the board with a two-run double in the last of the sixth, but the Corsairs scored four runs without the benefit of a base hit in the seventh and Ryan hit a solo homer in the eighth. Junior second baseman Ryan Walsh (Newton, MA/Newton HS) doubled home two runs in the eighth for UMB, and junior catcher Tim Fontaine (Worcester, MA/South HS) hit a three-run homer.
Freshman starter Aaron Brunette (North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) pitched 5 1/3 innings to earn the victory, improving to 2-0. Senior Andrew LeBrun took the loss for the Beacons and fell to 3-2.
The Beacons got 15 hits in winning the opener. McCormack hit a two-run homer in the third and added a two-run double in the fourth, while Walsh singled home a run in the first and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Talis hit a two=run homer for the Corsairs in the first inning, and sophomore second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) drove in the other run for the Corsairs with an infield out. Sophomore James Dalton (Apopka, FL/Apopka HS) earned the win for UMB, improving to 4-1, while junior Tony Damon (San Bruno, CA/Capuchino HS) earned a save when he induced pinch-hitter Matt Worden (Fr. New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) to line into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth. Freshman Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) started and took the loss, falling to 2-1. "Zak Talis and Matt Ryan were up there swinging today, and we got ourselves a lead," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "Aaron Brunette did a good job on the mound. He pitched well against Rhode Island College Tuesday, and then he did pitched well against UMass Boston, We dictated the tempo with our pitching, and the game was one out away from being over and then they got five runs. In the first game, their pitcher did a nice job. We didn't do a good job offensively. This is the first time Karney Boff has started in a doubleheader that we didn't end up winning."
UMass Dartmouth is now 14-9 and 4-3 in the Little East Conference, while UMass Boston is now 16-10 and 3-3 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Tufts Monday. The Beacons will visit Curry Tuesday.
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