April 29, 2010
NORTON, MA-Host Wheaton rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 13-11, in a non-conference game at Sidell Stadium Thursday.
The Corsairs had rallied to take a 9-8 lead with four runs in the top of the seventh. Junior catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) walked with the bases loaded to force in a run, senior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) singled home another, sophomore second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) drove in another with a fielder's choice, and junior first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North Reading, MA/St. John's Prep) singled home a fourth. Ryan singled home a run in the top of the eighth to make it 10-8.
Shortstop Eric Jensen started Wheaton's rally in the bottom of the eighth by driving home a run with a sacrifice fly, center fielder Hadi Raad followed with a run-scoring single, third baseman Tad Skelley doubled home another run, and designated hitter Sean Ryan tripled home two more.
Sophomore third baseman John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine) singled home a run for the Corsairs in the top of the ninth, but UMD could come no closer.
The Lyons jumped out in front when they scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning. UMass Dartmouth fought back with two in the second on Fiorita's RBI double and a run-scoring single by freshman right fielder Nick Fuller (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), then scored three in the third to take the lead. Ryan doubled home one run, and Fiorita doubled home two more.
Raad singled home two runs in the bottom of the fourth to give the Lyons a 6-5 lead, and Skelley singled home two more in the sixth to make it 8-5. Fiorita, Matt Ryan and junior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) each had a pair of doubles for the Corsairs. Fiorita drove in four runs, while Ryan had three RBIs. Skelley had four RBIs for Wheaton.
Sophomore right-hander Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS), the third UMass Dartmouth pitcher, took the loss and fell to 3-2. David Longley, the fourth pitcher for the Lyons, earned the win and improved to 1-0, while Jon Shepard, who pitched the final inning, earned his seventh save.
"We hit the ball fairly well, we had a bunch of doubles, but we didn't finish the job today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We didn't pitch that well. We gave up several hits on 0-2 and 1-2 pitches."
The Corsairs dropped to 18-14 with the defeat, while the Lyons improved to 27-7 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Eastern Connecticut State in a doubleheader Saturday.
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