March 23, 2011
BRIDGEWATER, MA-Jim Balboni pitched a five-hitter and host Bridgewater State scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Bears held off the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 3-2, in a non-conference game Wednesday at Alumni Park.
The Bears broke a 2-2 tie when they scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. Catcher Matt Greenberg singled and scored on a two-out single by second baseman Dave Billotte.
The Corsairs had come close to taking the lead in their half of the eighth. With one out, senior designated hitter Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) and senior catcher Zac Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) singled, with Ryan taking third. Sophomore right fielder Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) hit a hard grounder down the third base line, but BSU third baseman Matt Barsaleau made a diving stop and threw Ryan out at the plate.
UMass Dartmouth trailed early, 1-0, but rallied to take the lead in the top of the fifth. With one out, sophomore left fielder Cory Albanese (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) singled for the first hit off Balboni. After junior shortstop Andrew Candon (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) was hit by a pitch, McDermott doubled Albanese home. Freshman second baseman Bedward Ortiz (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) grounded into a fielder's choice to score Candon.
BSU tied it in the last of the sixth. With two out, first baseman David Pierce walked, advanced to second on a single by Billotte, and scored on a hit by Barsaleau.
The Bears had taken a 1-0 lead in the last of the third inning. With two out, Greenberg doubled to right center, scoring center fielder John Garabedian.
"It was a good game, they got a couple of hits with two outs when they needed them," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "Worden hit the ball hard in the eighth, but their third baseman made a great diving stab and they got Matt Ryan at the plate. Both pitchers pitched well. It was a good day to pitch, it was freezing cold and the ball didn't carry."
Balboni went all the way for the win, while UMD senior starter Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS) went the first 7 2/3 innings and took the loss.
The Corsairs fell to 6-5 with the defeat, while the Bears improved to 6-5 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Johnson & Wales Friday. BSU will play Rhode Island College Sunday.
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