March 17, 2010
WINTER HAVEN, FL-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team scored late in the first game and early in the second game and swept their doubleheader from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 5-4 and 7-3, at the Chain O'Lakes Complex Wednesday afternoon.
The Corsairs came from behind to win the opener, rallying for three runs in the top of the seventh and final inning. Junior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS), who led off the game with a home run, doubled home two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the score at 4-4 and scored on a double by senior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) to give UMass Dartmouth the lead. The Trailblazers threatened in the bottom of the seventh, but sophomore right fielder John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine) threw out the potential tying run at the plate to complete a double play and end the game.
Junior right-hander Kyle Merrill (Dennis, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) earned the win in relief of starter Shane Campbell (Marlboro, MA/Marlboro HS), with junior right-hander Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS) finishing and earning the save.
The momentum carried over to the second game, as UMass Dartmouth scored a run in the first inning, added a pair in the second on a double by McDermott, scored another run in the third on an RBI single by junior first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North Reading, MA/St. John's Prep), and scored twice in the fourth on a triple by Macchi. Macchi finished with a pair of triple, while McDermott had two doubles.
Freshman right-hander Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) earned the victory in his first start, allowing three runs in six innings before sophomore Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) finished up.
"We're playing better," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "The last three games were all very winnable. Karney Boff threw the ball very well, and we have now had three freshman pitchers have very good outings for us."
UMass Dartmouth is now 3-3, while MCLA is now 1-4. The Corsairs will return to action when they play Hamilton Thursday. .
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