April 19, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, took a commanding 6-1 lead, and went to defeat visiting Elms, 9-3, in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Sunday. The Blazers won the opener, 9-7.
Trailing, 1-0, the Corsairs sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth. A sacrifice fly by sophomore catcher Eric Rodriguez (Burlington, MA/Burlington HS) put UMD ahead, 2-1. Freshman second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) followed with an RBI single, junior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) blooped a drive down the right field line that dropped in for a two-run triple, and sophomore first baseman Chris Benevides (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) singled Ladore home. UMass Dartmouth added two more runs in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk to DeMello and Ladore's infield grounder, and junior third baseman Dave McGuire (Plainville, MA/King Philip Regional HS) doubled home a run in the sixth. Justin Jacobs drove in all three Blazer runs with an RBI single and a two-run homer. Freshman John Quigg (Weymouth, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) went six innings to earn the win in his first collegiate start, improving to 1-0, while Elms starter Mike Bieber took the loss and fell to 2-4.
The Blazers built a 7-0 lead in the opener and withstood a late Corsair rally. Jacobs hit a solo homer in the third and doubled home two more runs in the fourth, and catcher Carm Bonavita doubled to score a run in the fifth and drove home a run with a single in the ninth. UMass Dartmouth scored three times in the sixth on a solo homer by junior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) and McGuire's two-run double, then scored four times in the seventh, once on an infield single by senior left fielder Mike Mitchell (Boston, MA/Boston Latin HS), once on McGuire's single and again on a bases-loaded walk to Rodriguez. But reliever Joe Esile got sophomore shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) to bounce into a fielder's choice with two out and the bases loaded to end the game. Starter Dan Ingraham went six innings for Elms and earned the win, improving to 3-3. Sophomore Chris Contre (East Bridgewater, MA/East Bridgewater HS) started and took the loss, falling to 0-2.
"We put ourselves in a big hole in the first game, and we couldn't get out of it," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We need to play well right from the start. In the second game, we got the hits when we needed them. John Quigg did a great job in his first collegiate start when we were short on pitching."
UMD is now 7-20, while Elms is now 13-14. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Tufts Tuesday. Elms will visit Rhode Island College Tuesday.
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