Fifth-Inning Explosion Carries Baseball Past Johnson & Wales
April 29, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team used a six-run uprising to make Senior Day an artistic success, scoring six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and going on to defeat visiting Johnson & Wales, 8-2, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Wednesday afternoon
JWU had taken a 1-0 first-inning lead on a single by junior center fielder Waldis Garcia (Lowell, MA) and a subsequent error by junior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS), and the Wildcats held their lead through the first four and a half innings. The Corsairs rallied in the fifth, tying the game on an infield grounder by senior third baseman Dave McGuire (Plainville, MA/King Phillip Regional HS) and taking the lead for good on sophomore shortstop Ryan McDermott's (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) run-scoring single. Junior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) singled home a third run, senior first baseman Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) drove in two more with a hit, and sophomore designated hitter Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) knocked in the final run with another single.
The Wildcats got a run back in the sixth on freshman Cory Ryan's (Dracut, MA) pinch-hit double, but UMD came back with two more in the eighth on run-scoring doubles by McGuire and McDermott.
Freshman right-hander John Quigg (Weymouth, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) pitched the middle three innings for UMass Dartmouth, earning his second victory in as many decisions. Sophomore Shane Campbell (Marlboro, MA/Marlboro HS) pitched the final three innings for his first save, while JWU starter Bobby Gilbert (Florham Park, NJ) pitched the first five innings and took the loss, falling to 1-6.
"We came around and swung the bats," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We got very good pitching all day, we played good defense, and we got the key hits when we needed them. This will help us get ready for Wheaton tomorrow and Keene State this weekend."
The game marked the final home appearances for McGuire, Askeland and Mitchell, UMass Dartmouth's three seniors, who were honored prior to the first pitch.
UMD improved to 11-24 with the win, while Johnson & Wales fell to 20-22 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Keene State Thursday, while the Wildcats host Roger Williams May 6th.
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