April 27, 2010
WALTHAM, MA-Host Brandeis scored six unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth and came from behind to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 11-6, in a non-conference game at Stein Diamond Tuesday. The game was called after five innings because of rain.
The Judges took advantage of three Corsair errors in the sixth, all of which came before anyone was out.
Freshman right fielder Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) drove in UMD's first run in the second inning, tying the score at 1-1 with an infield grounder after the Judges had jumped on top in the opening inning. Left fielder Nick Cortese singled home a run in the bottom of the second to put Brandeis ahead, 2-1. Right fielder Artie Posch and designated hitter Kenny Destremps singled home runs in a three-run third that gave the Judges a 5-1 lead.
UMass Dartmouth came back with two runs in the fourth inning, scoring on a run-scoring single by junior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) and again when senior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Corsairs scored three times to take the lead in the top of the sixth. Junior first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North Reading, MA/St. John's Prep) singled home one run, another scored on an infield grounder by Worden, and McDermott singled to drive in the third run and give UMass Dartmouth a 6-5 lead.
"It was pouring, and we were out there sliding all over the place," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "The weather affected both teams. In the top of the inning, they were sliding all over the place. We took the lead in the fifth, and we gave it right back to them by fumbling two bunts. Fiorita got a hit for us in the top of the inning and we would have scored more runs, but two of our players fell down. We didn't make the plays, but it was almost impossible to make them." John McGrath went the distance for Brandeis and improved his record to 1-3. Junior Shane Campbell (Marlborough, MA/Marlborough HS) started and took the loss for UMD, falling to 1-1.
The Corsairs dropped to 18-13 with the defeat, while the Judges improved to 10-21 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Wheaton Thursday.
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