April 15, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Clark broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh inning and held off the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 8-7, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Wednesday
Senior right fielder Philip DiMarco (Bellingham, MA/Bellingham HS) broke the tie with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and junior catcher Kevin Kopec (Katonah, NY/Iona Prep) singled home two more runs to give the Cougars a 7-4 lead.
The Corsairs fell behind early, but rallied on a pair of home runs by junior catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS)., He hit a solo homer in the second inning, and tied the score with a three-run blast in the sixth.
Clark got a run in the eighth on an RBI single by senior center fielder Stephen DeMartino (East Haven, CT/Notre Dame HS). The Corsairs scored twice in their half of the eighth on an RBI single by senior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) and a sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine). Junior first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North reading, MA/St. John's Prep) brought UMD back to within a run when he drove home a run with an infield out in the bottom of the ninth. The Corsairs had the tying run in scoring position when sophomore Michael Lamothe (Bellingham, MA/Bellingham HS) relieved starter Brendan Solecki (Sr. Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth HS) and snagged Ryan's hard ground ball up the middle, throwing him out at first base to end the game. Solecki earned the win and improved to 4-3, Lamothe earned his first save, and UMass Dartmouth reliever Niall Mitchell (Sr. Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) took the lass and fell to 0-1.
"Clark is a good team, they threw their number one pitcher at us, and we didn't play well enough to win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "It's good that people are excited to play us, but we can't come out flat. Clark played a good game, and they deserved to win."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 13-8 with the defeat, while Clark improved to 13-12 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit UMass Boston Saturday. The Cougars will visit MIT Saturday.
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