May 12, 2011
MANSFIELD, CT-Gary Levesque scattered six hits and Rhode Island College scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings and came from behind to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 2-1, in the second round of the Little East Conference baseball tournament at the Eastern Connecticut State University Baseball Stadium Thursday.
The Anchormen scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning when center fielder Kevin Carey, singled with two outs, stole second and came home on a single by shortstop Kyle Allaire.
The Corsairs had taken the early lead, scoring in the top of the fourth, when junior left fielder Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an infield hit by freshman center fielder Wayne Bolz (Billerica, MA/Billerica HS).
RIC tied it in the last of the sixth on a solo home run by first baseman Dan Hopkins.
UMD stayed within one run in the bottom of the eighth when Bolz threw out Dan Hopkins at the plate on a one out single by left fielder Ronnie Bracchi.
Levesque, who earned a save with a scoreless inning in a win against Eastern Connecticut Wednesday, walked one and struck out six and improved to 5-5. UMass Dartmouth senior starter Shane Campbell (Marlborough, MA/Marlborough HS) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings and took the loss, falling to 3-4.
"They got a big hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Levesque pitched well, he didn't give us anything all day," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "It was a great game. Both teams played well, and Campbell pitched well for us. We just couldn't get the big hit when we needed it." UMass Dartmouth dropped to 15-23 with the defeat, while Rhode Island College improved to 19-18 with the victory. . Rhode Island College will play either Southern Maine or Keene State tomorrow at 12 noon in the winner's bracket final. The contest was the final action of the season for UMass Dartmouth.
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