Baseball Bows to WPI in Season Opener in Florida

Baseball Bows to WPI in Season Opener in Florida

March 14, 2009

Final Stats

WINTER HAVEN, FL-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to WPI in their 2009 season opener in the Russmatt Baseball Central Florida Invitational Tournament at Lake Myrtle Park. The Engineers took the opener, 8-0, and the nightcap, 3-1.

The Corsairs scored their lone run of the twin bill in the bottom of the fifth inning of the nightcap, when sophomore third baseman Anthony Fiorita (Reading, MA/St. John's Prep) hit a solo homer over the left field fence. WPI had taken a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run triple down the right field line by Matt Moreau. Cody McGregor drove in the third and final run for WPI with a seventh-inning sacrifice fly. UMD stranded eight base runners in the seven-inning game.

Sophomore right-hander Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS) started for the Corsairs, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings, while walking one and striking out eight. He took the loss and fell to 0-1. Sean Minor pitched a complete game five-hitter for the Engineers and improved to 1-1 with the win.

In the opener, WPI took advantage of two Corsair errors to score four unearned runs. UMass Dartmouth was limited to one hit, a single by freshman second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) in the top of the third inning. Scott McNee had a two-run double and Nick Bean added a couple of run-scoring singles for the Engineers. Junior Adam Gustafson (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) went the first four innings and took the loss, falling to 0-1. Bryan Watkins went the first six innings for WPI and improved to 2-0.

"We left too many guys on in the second game, and we gave up two runs on a bloop double," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "Brian Pedrotti pitched well, and we played better defense in the second game. Errors hurt us in the opener, and Adam Gustafson settled down after hitting three batters in the first inning. They didn't hit a fly ball until the sixth inning."

The Corsairs dropped to 0-2 with the defeat, while WPI improved to 5-5 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will play Westfield State Sunday.