April 26, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team lost to visiting Wheaton, 10-3, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday.
The Lyons struck first in the top of the third inning on an RBI single from senior second baseman Tad Skelley (Wolfeboro, NH/Holderness School), taking a 1-0 lead. Wheaton broke the game open with a six-run fourth, fueled by a 2-RBI single from senior outfielder Hadi Raad (Hastings, NY/Hastings HS) followed by a 2-RBI stand up triple from junior outfielder Hal Landers (Salem, NH/Salem HS), giving WC a 7-0 advantage.
The Corsairs answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. After three consecutive walks, junior outfielder Dan DeMello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) scored on a infield hit by sophomore outfielder Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), then senior designated hitter Zac Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) came around on an RBI single from freshman outfielder Shane Leupold (Newington, CT/Newington HS), cutting the deficit to 7-2. Wheaton continued their offensive surge plating three runs in the sixth, with two runs scoring on an error by freshman second baseman Bedward Ortiz (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS). The Corsairs added a final run the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Talis which scored senior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS).
Corsairs starting pitcher sophomore Aaron Brunette (0-4; North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) took the loss, surrendering ten runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts over five innings. Lyons sophomore pitcher Corey Laliberte (2-0; Fall River, MA/B.M.C. Durfee) earned the win, allowing two hits in three innings of work.
"We just weren't on top of it today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We gave them one good inning. Wheaton is a good team. We weren't on the ball offensively; we didn't grind out at-bats or go deep into counts. We can play at a high-level for Little East Conference games but don't come to play in our other games and it's frustrating because we need to come to play everyday."
The Corsairs dropped to 12-18 with the loss, while the Lyons improved to 26-8 with the win. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut Saturday. Wheaton will host Eastern Connecticut Thursday.
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