March 21, 2009
WINTER HAVEN, FL-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader to Endicott on their final day of action in the Russmatt Baseball Central Florida Invitational Tournament Friday.
The Gulls won the opener, 4-2, and the nightcap, 6-4.
Freshman right fielder Pete Beksha (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) drove in both runs for the Corsairs in the opener, doubling home junior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) in the third inning, and driving home senior left fielder Mike Mitchell (Boston, MA/Boston Latin HS) in the fourth to cut Endicott's lead to 3-2. Sophomore right-hander Tyler Noyes (Keene, NH/Keene HS) allowed four runs and 10 hits in seven innings, and took the loss.
UMass Dartmouth took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning of the nightcap, scoring on an RBI single by Mitchell, a run-scoring double by sophomore shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) and a single by sophomore catcher Eric Rodriguez (Burlington, MA/Burling HS) that scored McDermott. Macchi knocked in the Corsairs' other run with an RBI single in the fifth. Sophomore right-hander Shane Campbell (Marlboro, MA/Marlboro HS) started and took the loss, with freshman Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) finishing up.
"I was disappointed with the losses, and I was disappointed that we didn't win here," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We managed to stay in most of the games, but we couldn't close them out. We couldn't get the big hit when we needed it, and we left too many runners on base. We played better than our record indicated, and, hopefully, when we get back home, we can get some wins and turn things around."
UMD finished their spring trip with an 0-10 record, while Endicott improved to 5-5 with the sweep. UMass Dartmouth will begin their northern schedule when they host Becker Tuesday afternoon.
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