May 3, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team defeated visiting Johnson & Wales, 11-0, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday.
Prior to today's game, UMass-Dartmouth honored their eight graduating seniors- shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS), catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS), catcher Zac Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS), first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North Reading, MA/St. Johns Prep), pitchers Chris Contre (E. Bridgewater, MA/E. Bridgewater HS), Kyle Merrill (Dennis, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS), Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS), and Shane Campbell (Marlboro, MA/Marlboro HS).
The Corsairs grabbed a 3-0 lead after the first inning. An RBI single by junior third baseman John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS) scored the Corsairs' first run, then Talis blasted a two-run home run to deep center field, giving the Corsairs a lead they never surrendered. In the second inning, UMD got RBI singles from Fiorita and McDermott en route to a four-run inning. A walk issued to Ryan with the bases loaded brought McDermott home, giving the Corsairs an 8-0 lead after four innings. UMD added one run in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth, extending their lead to 11-0.
McDermott went 3-for-5 with a double and two singles while Granahan and Talis both had two hits. UMD freshman pitcher Ethan Dubois (1-0; Monson, MA/Monson HS) earned his first win as a Corsair, allowing five hits with four strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Wildcats senior pitcher Teddy Katz (0-1; Pittsburgh, PA/Taylor Allerdice HS) took the loss, giving up seven runs on seven hits in two innings of work.
"We came out and played well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "Ethan Dubois had a strong start. We got an early lead and played the game seriously. It's difficult when the team coming in has already played their conference tournament and is playing for fun while we're coming off a huge doubleheader against Eastern Connecticut, but we kept our emotions in check. Hopefully, we can keep the bats going as we finish up and move onto the conference tournament."
The Corsairs improved to 14-19 with the victory, while the Wildcats dropped to 21-21-1 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Wheaton Wednesday. The game marked the final contest of the season for Johnson & Wales.
UMASS DARTMOUTH BASEBALL