April 18, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team fell to visiting Tufts, 16-1 and 4-3, in a non-conference doubleheader at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Monday.
Tied 1-1 after the first inning, the Jumbos scored three times in the second inning to take a lead they never surrendered. Tufts added three runs in the third, five runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and their final run in the seventh en route to a 16-1 win in the first game. Tufts seniors David LeResche (St. Louis, MO/John Burroughs HS), David Orlowitz (Wakefield, MA/Groton School) and Ben Walkley (Trumbull, CT/Trumbull HS) each had two RBI's during the contest. Jumbos senior pitcher Pat O'Donnell (2-0; Worcester, MA/Worcester Academy) earned the win, allowing five hits and one run with four strikeouts in seven innings of work. Corsairs sophomore starter Aaron Brunette (0-3; North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) took the loss in 5.2 innings pitched, giving up nine runs on eight hits with five walks.
In the second game, the Corsairs struck first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second behind an RBI from senior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) then a run by junior first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North Reading, MA/St. John's Prep) on a passed ball. Tufts tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the fifth when LeResche and Orlowitz scored on a fielder's choice and a sacrifice respectively. The Jumbos took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by LeResche. The Corsairs answered in the bottom of the inning after freshman outfielder Shane Leupold (Newington, CT/Newington HS) drew a walk then scored when McDermott struck out, but reached base on a passed ball. In the top of the seventh, after being hit by a pitch, Jumbos junior third baseman Sam Sager (Cranston, RI/Moses Brown HS) scored on an error by Fiorita, giving Tufts a 4-3 advantage. The Corsairs had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh but Fiorita popped out to shortstop, handing Tufts the 4-3 victory. Corsairs junior pitcher Mike St. Martin (0-2; Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Jumbos junior reliever Jake Crawford (2-0; Boise, ID/Boise HS) took the win, allowing a run with four strikeouts in two innings of work. Tufts senior reliever Edward Bernstein (Foxborough, MA/Foxborough HS) closed out the seventh inning, earning his fourth save of the season.
"During the first game, we weren't very good in all phases of the game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We didn't pitch, we were down in the count and defensively we were asleep. In the second game, [Mike] St. Martin gave us a chance and we played pretty clean defensively. It came down to a crucial missed ball at first but earlier in the game, we had runners in scoring position and we didn't get them in, and you have to get them in when you're playing a good team like Tufts. Our next game [against Rhode Island College] is very important. We are tied for third place in the conference and a win would put us at a good chance to make the tournament. We have to come to play. It was a battle last week and I'm sure it will be again tomorrow."
The Corsairs are now 10-15, while the Jumbos are now 17-4-1. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference game Tuesday. Tufts will visit Brandeis Wednesday.
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