May 2, 2009
KEENE, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to host Keene State, 16-5 and 22-6, in the first round of the Little East Conference playoffs at the Owl Sports Complex Saturday.
The Owls took an early 9-0 lead in the opener, scoring nine times in their first three at-bats. Right fielder Bobby Doyon drove in a run with an infield out in the first inning for the Owls and hit a two-run homer in the third, while third baseman Keith Patnode drove in a run in each inning with a single, and second baseman Kyle Morrill singled in a run in the first and hit a three-run homer in the third. Junior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) and senior first baseman Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) drove in runs in the third for UMD; Askeland had an RBI single and freshman second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) a two-run single in the seventh, and sophomore outfielder Carlos Sanchez (Millbury, MA/Millbury HS) drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Jeff Pelkey allowed two runs in six innings for KSC and earned the win, improving to 5-1, while junior Adam Gustafson (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) started and took the loss for the Corsairs, falling to 3-5.
In the nightcap, Patnode homered in the second inning, designated hitter T DiPrato singled home a run in the third and hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and the Owls got seven runs in the fourth inning to take an 11-2 lead. Sophomore catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) drove in a run for the Corsairs with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth, sophomore shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) doubled home another run in the fifth, Askeland hit a two-run homer in the eighth and junior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) hit a solo homer in the ninth. Jeff Raymond allowed two runs and four hits in six innings for the Owls to earn the victory, improving to 4-1, while sophomore starter Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS) took the loss and dropped to 0-5.
"Keene State really swung the bats well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "They had a couple of big innings that really hurt us, and we didn't play well." The Corsairs dropped to 12-26, while Keene State improved to 23-14. Keene State advanced to next week's four-team, double elimination tournament, while the action was the final competition of the season for the Corsairs.
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