Baseball Outslugs Johnson and Wales, 16-11

May 1, 2008

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team slammed a season high 22 hits, scored in seven of their nine at-bats and went on to defeat host Johnson & Wales, 16-11, at Pierce Field Thursday afternoon.

The Corsairs had eight extra-base hits, with freshman shortstop Anthony Fiorita (Reading, MA/St. John's Prep) doubling twice and tripling once among his four hits, and scored three times. Sophomore center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) had two hits and a sacrifice fly and drove in five runs, while freshman catcher Eric Rodriguez (Burlington, MA/Burlington HS) had four hits, drove in two runs and scored twice.

Catcher Eric Rapuano, left fielder Erik Hufnagel, center fielder Mike Wengzn and right fielder Brad Jackson each had three hits for the Wildcats, while Rapuano driving in three runs. UMass Dartmouth built a 16-6 lead through 7 1/2 innings before JWU scored once in the eighth and four more times in the ninth.

"We hit the ball well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "It was good to get the win."

Freshman Shane Campbell (Marlboro, MA/Marlboro HS) made his first start of the season and pitched the first five innings to earn the victory for the Corsairs, improving his record to 1-0. Mike MacKay, the first of four Johnson & Wales pitchers, took the loss and fell to 0-1.

UMass Dartmouth improved to 4-31 with the victory, while JWU dropped to 24-17 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit UMass Boston Saturday, while the Wildcats will visit Wheaton Saturday.