Baseball Comeback Downs Johnson & Wales, 4-3

Baseball Comeback Downs Johnson & Wales, 4-3

April 21, 2010

Final Stats

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Sophomore second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) tripled home the tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by senior left field Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team came from behind to defeat visiting Johnson & Wales, 4-3, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Wednesday. The win marked the second time in as many days that the Corsairs had won a game in their final at bat.

With UMass Dartmouth trailing, 3-2, junior catcher Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) greeted reliever Jeff Jordan (Sr. Woodbridge, NJ) with a double to begin the bottom of the eighth. One out later, DeMello tripled him home. LaDore then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to give the Corsairs the lead.

UMD took a 2--0 lead in the second inning. Junior first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North Reading, MA/St. John's Prep) singled home a run, and another scored on a wild pitch by JWU sophomore starter Mike Wood (Hudson, MA). Junior shortstop Mike Murphy (Pawtucket, RI) singled home a run for the Wildcats in the top of the third, junior Brian Sayers (Chelmsford, MA) pinch hit and tied the game with an infield grounder in the sixth, and senior designated hitter Jon Melendez (Providence, RI) put JWU ahead when he led off the top of the seventh inning with a home run.

Senior Nial Mitchell (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS), who relieved starter Shane Campbell (Jr. Marlboro, MA/Marlboro HS) and retired the side in order in the eighth, picked up the victory and improved to 1-1. Junior Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS) pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save. Jordan was the loser and fell to 3-7.

"I'm happy we won," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "I was glad to see us pull it out in the end. We were emotionally spent after our big win yesterday, but Zak Talis started us off, Dan Demello got a big hit, Tom LaDore got a sacrifice fly and Shane Campbell did a good job."

The Corsairs improved to 16-11 with the victory, while the Wildcats dropped to 13-25 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Bridgewater State Thursday. Johnson & Wales will visit Salve Regina Friday.