Baseball Sweeps Keene State in LEC Opener
March 28, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Sophomore right-hander Tyler Noyes (Keene, NH/Keene HS) pitched a six-hitter in the opener and sophomore shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning of the nightcap as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team swept visiting Keene State in a doubleheader that served as the Little East Conference opener for both teams at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday. The Corsairs took the opener, 7-3, and won the second game, 5-4.
UMass Dartmouth came from behind three times in the nightcap, scoring the winning run after loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth with nobody out. McDermott led off the ninth with a single and moved to third on a double by sophomore first baseman Chris Benevides (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS). Junior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin. MA/Franklin HS) was intentionally walked, and junior Tom LaDore came up to pinch hit. The first pitch to LaDore by KSC reliever Rob Delbuono bounced in front of the plate and rolled away, allowing the winning run to score.
Senior designated hitter Casey Askeland gave UMD a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI single, but the Owls scored twice in the fifth on first baseman Beau Darak's infield grounder and a sacrifice fly by second baseman Erik Bergstrom. Freshman right fielder Pete Beksha's run-scoring double tied it in the sixth. The Owls took a 4-2 lead in the top of the eighth on RBI singles by third baseman Keith Patnode and catcher Tyler DiPrato. The Corsairs tied it in the bottom of the eighth on run-scoring hits by freshman second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) and sophomore third baseman Anthony Fiorita (Reading, MA/St. John's Prep). Reliever Kyle Merrill (Dennis, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) earned the win and improved to 1-0, while Delbuono took the loss and dropped to 0-2.
The Corsairs scored three times in the fourth and four more times in the sixth in the opener to break the game open. Senior left fielder Mike Mitchell (Boston, MA/Boston Latin HS) singled in two runs in the third and another run in the sixth, while Macchi singled in two more runs in the sixth. Bergstrom singled in a run in the seventh for the Owls and the other run scored on a walk with the bases loaded. Noyes earned the win and improved to 1-2, while KSC started Ben Sonberg took the loss and dropped to 1-2.
"We played hard, we finally started believing that we could win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We got good pitching and played well defensively. Noyes threw mostly fastballs, and Pedrotti had good location with his fastball and he really battled. We got some big hits with two outs." The Corsairs scored nine of their 12 runs with two men out.
UMD improved to 3-12 and 2-0 in the Little East Conference, while Keene State dropped to 8-8 and 0-2 in the LEC. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Framingham State Tuesday afternoon. The Owls will host MCLA Thursday.
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