April 3, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Junior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team defeated visiting Plymouth State, 4-3, and swept their doubleheader in the 2010 Little East Conference opener for both teams at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday. The Corsairs won the opener 16-0 in a game called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule.
McDermott's single scored senior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS), who doubled with one out. Ladore singled home the Corsairs' first two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore first baseman Mike Cappiello (Westfield, NJ/Westfield HS) knocked in a run for the Panthers with a fourth-inning sacrifice fly, but junior catcher Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) restored UMD's two-run lead with an RBI single In the 5th, PSU tied it in the seventh on a run-scoring grounder by freshman center fielder Brendan Cosgrove (Merrimack, NH/Merrimack HS) and a double by freshman second baseman Steve Beard (Middleton, MA/Masconomet HS). Sophomore Jonathan Bishop (Wobirn, MA/Woburn Memorial HS), who went all the way for the Panthers, took the loss and fell to 0-3. Junior Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS), who relieved in the eighth inning, earned the victory and improved to 2-1.
In the opener, Talis drove in two runs with a first-inning double, and the Corsairs scored 11 runs in their next two at-bats to break the game open, Talis had four hits and six runs batted in, McDermott had three hits, a double and three RBIs, and Ladore and sophomore third baseman John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine) each drove in two runs, Freshman Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) pitched a three-hitter for the win, improving to 2-0. while junior Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, NH/Somersworth HS), who pitched the first three innings for PSU, took the loss and fell to 0-3.
"It was good to win two, I'm glad the second one didn't slip away from us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We got good pitching all day, we hit the ball well in the first game and we got the hits when we needed them in the second game. Their pitcher was good, and I knew the second game was going to be a struggle." UMass Dartmouth improved to 9-5 and 2-0 in the Little East Conference, while Plymouth State fell to 1-13 and 0-2 in the Little East. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Babson Monday. The Panthers will visit Middlebury Wednesday. .
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