May 2, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team scored seven runs in their first three at bats and went on to defeat visiting Brandeis, 11-4, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Sunday.
Freshman left-hander Nick Fuller (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was the beneficiary of the early support. He pitched the first six innings, allowing just one run and two hits and earning the victory, improving his record to 2-1. The Corsairs took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI ground out by junior designated hitter Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) and an RBI single by junior catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS). Junior second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) scored on a wild pitch by Brandeis junior right-hander John McGrath (New York, NY/Trevor Day HS) in the bottom of the second inning to make it 3-0.
Senior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) led off the third with a double, stole third and scored on a throwing error by senior catcher Artie Posch (Hopedale, MA/Hopedale HS). DeMello singled home another run, junior first baseman Anthony Fiorita (North Reading, MA/St. John's Prep) hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-0, and freshman right fielder Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) singled to make it 7-0.
Freshman left fielder Chris Ferro (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) hit a solo homer in the fourth to put Brandeis on the board, and the Judges scored three runs in the eighth. Junior center fielder Tony Deshler (Pepperell, MA/Lawrence Academy), sophomore shortstop Sean O'Hare (Southampton, MA/Hampshire Regional HS) and sophomore third baseman Jon Chu (Hollis, NY/Bronx Science) all singled home runs to make it 8-4. The Corsairs added three runs in their half of the eighth. Senior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) singled home a pair, and scored the third on a wild pitch.
Macchi finished with four hits, including two doubles, while Ladore, DeMello and Ryan each had three. Senior right fielder John O'Brion (Portland, ME/Portland HS) had three hits for the Judges. McGrath took the loss for Brandeis and fell to 1-4.
"We were tired physically and mentally after being on the edge of our seat for 20 innings yesterday, and we got out of the box well today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We were lethargic during batting practice and infield and I was very concerned, but Jeff got it going, and we got some runs."
Fuller allowed just two hits and did not walk a batter in his six innings of work. "Momentum can change when the guy on the mound is dominating, and Fuller went out there and dominated them," said Curran. "Once he was able to get first pitch strikes, he got a lot of pop-ups and a lot of slow rollers that were easy plays. We made the routine plays, and we didn't have to make anything else, because he wasn't putting anybody on base." The game marked the final appearance at home four UMD's four seniors-Macchi, Ladore, pitcher Nial Mitchell (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS), who pitched a scoreless seventh inning, and pitcher Adam Gustafson (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS), who appeared in relief yesterday. "We have four seniors who have been key members of the program for four years," said Curran. "Jeff Macchi moved from shortstop to center field and has been a player all four years. Tommy Ladore went from a part-time player to being a big factor in the middle of our lineup this year. Nial Mitchell went from pitching a few innings to being a very valuable middle man in our bullpen. Adam Gustafson is a great kid; he'll take the ball against anybody and compete as hard as he can. He's beaten two number one teams during his career, Chapman and Eastern Connecticut. Nobody else recruited him, and he came here to be an engineer, but he loves to play baseball, he did a great job for us for four years, he was a great captain, and he was a pleasure to coach." The Corsairs improved to 20-15 with the victory, while the Judges dropped to 11-24 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Johnson & Wales Tuesday. The game marked the final competition of the regular season for Brandeis.
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