April 26, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team got things going a bit late in their Little East Conference doubleheader against visiting Western Connecticut State at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex. The Corsairs, who came back from a 9-0 deficit in the opener only to fall to the Colonials, 10-9, won the nightcap, 11-1, in a game that was called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule.
UMass Dartmouth jumped out on top early in the nightcap, taking a 1-0 second inning lead on the first of three home runs by senior first baseman Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS). Junior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) doubled home a run in the third, and Askeland followed with a two-run homer to make it 4-0. Askeland's third homer of the game, another two-run shot, made it 6-0 in the fifth. UMD then scored five times in the seventh, twice on Macchi's two-run homer, again on a two-run blast by sophomore catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS), and ending the contest when sophomore third baseman Anthony Fiorita (Reading, MA/St. John's Prep) doubled home freshman second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) from second base. Western Connecticut scored in the sixth on an RBI single by sophomore third baseman Mike Baccaro (Berlin, CT). Junior Adam Gustafson (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) went all the way for the win, allowing seven hits and improving to 2-4. Senior starter Alex Zancan (Danbury, CT) took the loss for WCSU and dropped to 3-1.
The Colonials took an early lead in the opener, scoring a run in the first on a sacrifice fly by junior designated hitter Dan Baccaro (Berlin, CT), twice more in the second on run-scoring hits by junior shortstop Sam McNeil(Gales Ferry, CT) and senior catcher Rob Bedard (Uncasville, CT), and five times in the fourth, getting a run on Dan Baccaro's bases-loaded single and two more on a double by sophomore second baseman Zack Dandrea (Wanaque, NJ).
UMD came back, scoring six times in the fifth inning, once on an RBI single by sophomore right fielder Pete Beksha (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS), twice on sacrifice flies by sophomore shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) and Macchi, and capping the inning on Ryan's three-run homer. Sophomore third baseman Jeff Gordon's (Milford, CT) sacrifice fly in the sixth proved crucial, since UMass Dartmouth scored once in the eighth on McDermott's RBI single and twice in the ninth on DeMello's sacrifice fly and a hit by junior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) before sophomore lefthander Bill Armstrong (Moodus, CT) struck out junior third baseman Dave McGuire (Plainville, MA/King Phillip Regional HS) to end the game. Armstrong went all the way for the win, improving to 3-3, while sophomore starter Tyler Noyes (Keene, NH/Keene HS) took the loss for the Corsairs, falling to 1-4. Junior Nial Mitchell (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) limited WCSU to one run on three hits in relief of Noyes.
"We're really starting to swing the bats," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We got a good pitching performance from Adam Gustafson in the second game, and, in the first game, Nial Mitchell came in and kept us in the game. You have to give us credit, we were down 9-0 and we fought back and made it a game. It carried over into the second game. Casey Askeland hit three home runs and had a great week."
UMD is now 10-24 and 6-8 in the Little East Conference, while WCSU is 12-22 and 4-10 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Johnson & Wales Wednesday, while the Colonials visit Manhattanville Tuesday.
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