April 20, 2010
PROVIDENCE, RI-Junior designated hitter Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) doubled home the tying run in the top of the ninth inning and scored the winning run a single by junior catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) to lift the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team to an 8-7 win over host Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference game at Anchorman Field Tuesday.
Sophomore third baseman John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine) led off the ninth with a single off losing pitcher Bobby Venditto. One out later, Talis doubled down the right field line and advanced to third on the throw to the plate. Matt Thadeo relieved Venditto, and Ryan greeted him with a single to left center that broke a 7-7 tie. Senior center field Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin Hs) doubled home a run in the first inning, Ryan singled home another and junior first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North Reading, MA/St. John's Prep) singled home two more as the Corsairs scored five runs in the top of the first and chased RIC starter Mike DeWald. The Anchormen chipped away at the lead, scoring three times in the first and adding another run in the third inning. Junior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) singled home a run in the fourth for UMD, but RIC scored twice in the fifth to tie the score and went ahead in the 6th, 7-6, on n sacrifice fly by right fielder Kevin Carey. "It was a big win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We jumped on them right out of the blocks, but we didn't play well defensively, and it would have been a shame to lose the game after being up, 5-0. I'm glad we came back and were able to get the win." Sophomore Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS), who shut down the Anchormen on one hit over the final three innings in relief of starter Adam Gustafson (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS), earned the victory for UMD and improved to 3-1. Venditto, who pitched eight innings in relief of DeWald and allowed two earned runs, was the loser and fell to 2-1. "Pat Lavey pitched really well," said Curran. "He pitched well against them last week, and he was on a roll, so we stayed with him in the ninth." The Corsairs improved to 15-11 and 5-3 in the Little East Conference, while the Anchormen dropped to 17-9 and 6-2. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Johnson & Wales Wednesday.
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