Baseball Splits at Eastern Connecticut
April 30, 2011
MANSFIELD, CT- Senior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder's choice in the top of the 10th inning, and junior right-hander Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) limited host Eastern Connecticut to one run over the final 3 1/3 innings as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team rallied to defeat the Warriors, 7-5 in 10 innings in the second game to earn a split of their Little East Conference doubleheader at the Mansfield Athletic Complex Saturday. Eastern Connecticut won the opener, 9-2.
The Corsairs broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the 10th when McDermott bounced into a fielder's choice, scoring junior second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS). They added another run on an error. ECSU loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 10th, but Lavey struck out third baseman Angelo Buscemi and got leftfielder Steve Cammuso to pop out to second base to preserve the lead
UMass Dartmouth had taken an early lead in the nightcap, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Senior catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) doubled with the bases loaded to make it 2-0, while sophomore right fielder Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
ECSU tied it in the second on an infield grounder by left fielder Shane Kingsley and a two-run double by right fielder Robert Perry.
Freshman second baseman Bedward Ortiz (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) homered in the fifth to put UMD on top, and the Corsairs scored again in the sixth on an error. Dewing singled home a run for the Warriors in the seventh and Kingsley tied it in the eighth with an RBI single. Lavey earned the win in relief of senior starter Shane Campbell (Marlboro, MA/Marlboro HS) and improved to 5-1, while Mike Riemer took the loss in relief and dropped to 2-2.
In the opener, the Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when right fielder Tyler Turgeon singled home a run and Cammuso followed with a sacrifice fly.
UMass Dartmouth scored in the top of the second when McDermott drove in a run with a fielder's choice and tied it in the top of the third when senior designated hitter Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) knocked in a run with an infield hit.
Eastern Connecticut took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when shortstop Danny O'Connell and second baseman Mitch Plourde connected for back-to-back triples, and center fielder Shane Kingsley squeezed Plourde home.
The Warriors extended their lead with five runs in the last of the sixth. Dewing tripled and scored on a wild pitch, then pitcher Jim Schult singled with the bases loaded, driving home two more runs. Turgeon followed with a two-run triple to make it 9-2. Schult pitched seven innings and earned the win, improving to 7-1. Senior Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS) took the loss for the Corsairs, falling to 2-6.
"In the first game, we got behind, we had one bad inning where they scored five runs, and we couldn't catch up," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "In the second game, we led all the way, they tied it up, but we got two runs in the top of the 10th. (Freshman center fielder) Wayne Bolz (Billerica, MA/Billerica HS) threw a guy out at the plate, Bedward Ortiz hit the only home run of the day, and they loaded the bases with one out in the 10th but we got a strike out and a pop up to get out of it,. Shane Campbell pitched well, they got a couple of bloop hits off him when they tied it up and Lavey came in and got the job done. It was a great game."
The Corsairs are now 13-19 and 7-5 in the Little East Conference, while the Warriors are 27-7 and 9-3 in LEC play. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Johnson & Wales Tuesday. Eastern Connecticut will visit Tufts Monday.
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