April 25, 2009
PLYMOUTH, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team scored 28 runs on 39 hits and defeated host Plymouth State, 7-1 and 21-11, in a Little East Conference doubleheader at Panther Park Saturday. The second game was called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule.
Sophomore right-hander Shane Campbell (Marlboro, MA/Marlboro HS) pitched an eight-hitter in the opener, limiting the Panthers to a single run. Freshman right fielder Pete Beksha (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) tied the game in the third with an RBI single, sophomore catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) doubled home a run and junior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) singled in another in the fourth to give UMD the lead for good, and junior third baseman Dave McGuire (Plainville, MA/King Phillip Regional HS) hit a three-run home in the seventh and singled home another run in the ninth. Campbell earned the win and improved to 2-4, while Bryant Lausberg went the distance for PSU and took the loss to fall to 1-4.
The Corsairs scored four runs in the top of the first inning in the nightcap, but it was 5-5 after three innings and 8-6, Panthers after four before UMD used a pair of seven-run innings to break the game open. Sophomore shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA) and junior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) each had two-run singles in UMD's seven-run fifth. Ryan and senior designated hitter Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) each hit a two-run homer and Beksha hit a three-run shot in the seven-run seventh. Macchi finished with six hits and four runs batted in, McDermott and Beksha each drove in three runs, and McGuire had three hits and scored four times. Mike Cappiello homered and drove in three runs for the Panthers. Freshman John Quigg (Weymouth, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) started for the Corsairs and pitched into the seventh inning, earning the win and improving to 1-0. Jonathan Bishop started for Plymouth State and took the loss, falling to 2-3.
"We really pounded the ball," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We had a bunch of hits in each game, and it was good to go up there and win twice."
UMD improved to 9-23 and 5-7 in the Little East Conference, while PSU dropped to 14-21 and 1-11 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State in a Little East Conference doubleheader Sunday.
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