April 24, 2010
DANBURY, CT-Three Corsair pitchers combined for a six-hitter as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team defeated host Western Connecticut State, 7-3, in the first game of their Little East Conference doubleheader at the Westside Athletic Complex Saturday. The Colonials won the second game, 12-5, and earned a split of the twin bill.
Freshman Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) combined with sophomore Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) and junior Kyle Merrill (Dennis, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) to shut down the Colonials in the opener. Boff pitched seven innings and allowed one run and four hits, earning the victory to improve to 3-1. Lavey was charged with a pair of unearned runs in the eighth, and Merrill pitched a scoreless ninth inning. The Corsairs took advantage of a pair of errors to score three unearned runs and take a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Junior designated hitter Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) singled home a run for UMD in the fifth, and senior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) homered in the sixth. Boff earned the win and improved to 3-1, while WCSU starter Billy Armstrong took the loss and fell to 3-3. The Colonials scored eight runs in the third inning of the nightcap and led all the way. UMD scored a run in the sixth on a wild pitch and scored four times in the seventh inning, twice on a two-run single by freshman right fielder Nick Fuller (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), and once more on a hit by sophomore third baseman John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine). Second baseman Chris Alberto had a home run and two RBIs for WCSU, while first baseman Dan Baccaro homered and drove in three runs. Josh Murray pitched eight innings and earned the victory, improving to 1-2, while Corsair starter Aaron Brunette (Fr. North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) started and took the loss and fell to 2-1. "In the first game, we moved the ball around, put pressure on them, and got good pitching," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "In the second game, we didn't get good pitching, and we didn't hit when we had runners in scoring position. After winning the first game, I was disappointed with the way we played in the second game." The Corsairs are now 17-12 and 6-4 in the Little East Conference, while the Colonials are now 14-17 and 3-7 in the LEC. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Bridgewater State Monday.
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