March 27, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Junior designated hitter Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) tripled and scored on a wild pitch with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team a 5-4 win over visiting Bridgewater State in the first game of their non-conference doubleheader at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon. The Bears won the nightcap, 7-1, and earned a split.
Talis tripled and scored on a wild pitch by junior right-hander Brian Guillotte (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), who went all the way for the Bears and took the loss, falling to 1-1.
The Corsairs built an early lead, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI double by senior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) and Talis' run-scoring single. Freshman third baseman Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) hit a two-run homer in the second to give the Corsairs a 4-0 lead. Senior shortstop Brian Medairos (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) singled in a run for BSC in the third inning and senior designated hitter Matt Greenberg (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) homered in the fourth.
Bridgewater State tied the game in the sixth on back-to-back homers by Greenberg and junior left fielder Ian Williams (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS). Junior right-hander Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS) relieved starter Karney Boff (Fr. Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS), retired the side, and pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn the win, improving to 1-1.
BSC took the lead in the second inning of the nightcap on a run-scoring single by freshman center fielder John Garabedian (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS), then broke it open with six runs in their next two at-bats, five of which were unearned as a result of three UMD errors. Williams walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run, while Garabedian, freshman catcher Tyler Dennis (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS) and senior first baseman Tom Couet (East Freetown, MA/Apponequet HS) drove in runs with infield grounders. Freshman shortstop Ryan Levesque (Northbridge, MA/Mount St. Charles HS) drove in the Corsairs' run with a single in the bottom of the seventh. Sophomore right-hander Jim Balboni (Townsend, MA/St. Bernard's HS) allowed one unearned run while pitching a complete game for the win, improving his record to 3-0. Freshman right-hander Mike St. Martin (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS), the first of three Corsair pitchers, took the loss and fell to 1-1. "We did a good job in the first game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "Karney Boff pitched well, and when we brought in Pedrotti, he shut them down. Zak Talis got a big hit in the first game. Unfortunately, after an emotional win in the first game, we came out flat in the second game. We didn't make the plays, and Bridgewater is a good team, and we have to make the plays when we have a chance. We have to play well in both games when we play a doubleheader."
UMass Dartmouth is now 7-5, while Bridgewater is now 7-6. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Framingham State Tuesday. BSC will host Rhode Island College Monday. .
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