Wheaton Strikes Early to Defeat Baseball, 9-2

March 26, 2009

Final Stats

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Wheaton scored four runs in the first two innings on only one hit, took a 4-0 lead, and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 9-2, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Wednesday.

The Lyons used senior shortstop Nick Pecora's (Highland Park, NJ) double, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly by freshman third baseman Dan Haugh (Andover, MA) to score twice in the first inning, and took advantage of two walks and a wild pitch by Corsair sophomore starter Chris Contre (East Bridgewater, MA/East Bridgewater HS) and sophomore second baseman Eric Laliberte's (Nashua, NH) infield grounder to score twice more in the second. Haugh hit a two-run homer and junior left fielder Paul Malaguti (Andover, MA) hit a solo home run in the fifth for Wheaton.

UMass Dartmouth scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Junior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) drove in the first run with a bases-loaded infield grounder in the seventh, while junior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) knocked in the other run with a fielder's choice in the eighth. Macchi had a double and LaDore and sophomore right fielder Pete Beksha (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) added singles for the Corsairs, who were held to three hits by three Wheaton pitchers.

Sophomore left-hander Kevin Calabro (Andover, MA) limited UMD to two hits in seven inings, earning the victory and improving to 2-0. Contre went five innings and took the loss, falling to 0-1.

"We gave up four runs on one hit in the first two innings, and you can't do that against a good team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We fell behind early and we had to play catch up."

UMD dropped to 1-12 with the defeat, while Wheaton improved to 13-1 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Keene State in their Little East Conference opener Saturday afternoon. The Lyons will visit Endicott Friday.