April 24, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI-Host Rhode Island College scored nine runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and came from behind to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 15-8, in a Little East Conference game at Anchorman Field Friday.
The Anchormen, who trailed, 8-6 entering the eighth, took the lead when their first 10 batters of the inning reached base. Catcher Jordan Amorin put RIC ahead when he doubled with the bases loaded to drive in three runs. Second baseman Bryan Colombero, third baseman Jeff Costa and pinch-hitter Mike Giustino followed with run-scoring doubles to give RIC a commanding lead.
The Corsairs erased a 2-0 lead and went on top, 4-2, in the top of the third. Junior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) doubled home two runs to tie the score, and senior designated hitter Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) and freshman second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) followed with RBI singles. UMD increased its lead to 6-2 on a pair of errors in the top of the fourth, but the Anchormen got a run in the bottom of the fifth on Colombero's sacrifice fly and tied the score on first baseman Tim Schabowski's three-run homer in the sixth. Askeland and sophomore designated hitter Zac Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) doubled home runs in the top of the seventh to put the Corsairs on top, 8-6.
"We played a good game up until the eighth inning, and we just couldn't finish it off," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "They came out and hit the ball, and we went through three pitchers and we couldn't stop them."
Eric Gelsomino, the third RIC pitcher, earned the victory and improved to 2-0. Freshman Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston HS), who relieved starter Brian Pedrotti (So. Dalton, MA/Wahconah regional HS) in the seventh, took the loss and fell to 0-2.
UMD dropped to 7-23 and 3-7 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while RIC improved to 23-10 and 6-6 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Plymouth State in a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday.
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