Baseball Rallies to Beat Brandeis, 7-5

Baseball Rallies to Beat Brandeis, 7-5

WALTHAM, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team came from behind to defeat host Brandeis, 7-5, in a non-conference match at Stein Diamond Wednesday.

UMass Dartmouth staged a decisive four-run rally in the top of the sixth. Trailing, 4-3, the Corsairs took the lead when sophomore left fielder Luke Bomback (Swansea, MA/Case HS) singled home two runs. Senior designated hitter Tyler White (Westport, MA/Westport HS/Massasoit CC) then singled home another, and sophomore third baseman George Aggostini (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS/Marist) singled home the fourth to make it 7-4.

Second baseman Tom McCarthy got a run back for the Judges with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, but they failed to score in their final two at bats,

The Corsairs took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. Sophomore shortstop Nate Farias (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) doubled home one run, then White followed with a two-run homer to left center.

First baseman Pat Seaward singled home a run for Brandeis in the bottom of the second, designated hitter Dan Gad drove in a run with an infield grounder and shortstop Dominic Schwartz singled home a run in the third, and center fielder Liam O'Connor singled home the go-ahead run in the fourth to out Brandeis on top, 4-3, and set the stage for UMD's late rally.

Left-hander Paul Mahoney (North Andover, MA/Whittier Tech), the fifth of eight Corsair pitchers, earned the victory with a scoreless fifth inning and improved to 1-3.  Aggostini, who pitched the ninth inning after playing the first eight innings at third base, earned his first save in his second mound appearance of the year. Dylan Britton started and took the loss for Brandeis, falling to 4-5.

"We used a bunch of pitchers, and they were all very effective, and we got timely hitting when we needed it," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "We got a big home run early from Tyler White, and he had another big hit in the sixth. We used all of our pitchers, and George (Aggostini) is a guy I could see us using in the tournament if need be. It was good to get him out there. It was a good win, Brandeis is always well-coached by Coach (Pete) Varney, and, hopefully, this will give us momentum going into the final weekend of the season."

The Corsairs improved to 14-20 with the win, while the Judges dropped to 15-21 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Southern Maine in a Little East Conference doubleheader Friday. The game was the final action of the season for Brandeis.