April 16, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team built a 12-3 lead and held off a late rally to defeat host Johnson & Wales, 12-10, in a non-conference game at Pierce Field Wednesday.
The Corsairs, who took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by senior designated hitter Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS), broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the third with three runs on a bases-loaded walk to sophomore catcher Zac Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS), senior left fielder Mike Mitchell's (Boston, MA/Boston Latin HS) infield grounder and a run-scoring single by sophomore second baseman Anthony Fiorita (Reading, MA/St. John's Prep). Talis' two-run single keyed a six-run sixth, and Askeland's two-run homer made it 12-3 in the seventh before the Wildcats came back.
JWU scored three times in the seventh on John Kuschman's homer, and three more times in the eighth on run-scoring hits by Nick Alosco and Teddy Katz to make it 12-9. The Wildcats scored once in the ninth and had the bases loaded before sophomore reliever Kyle Merrill (Dennis, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) got the final out, inducing Katz to bounce into a fielder's choice.
"We took a 12-3 lead and it lasted three and a half hours, but we hung on to get the win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "The wind was blowing out the whole day, Our starter, (sophomore) Scott Tibbetts (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS), did a good job, and Merrill came in and did the job at the end."
Tibbetts allowed one earned run and four hits in six innings and earned the victory, improving to 1-1. Merrill earned his second save, while Wildcat starter Ryan Morgan took the loss and fell to 3-1.
UMD improved to 6-16 with the victory, while JWU dropped to 14-15 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut Friday.
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