May 13, 2010
MANSFIELD, CT-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team left 11 men on base and fell to Keene State, 6-1, in a first round game of the Little East Conference Tournament at the Eastern Connecticut State Outdoor Sports Complex Thursday.
The Owls jumped out on top with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. First baseman Tyler Diprato and shortstop Jesse Cahill began the rally with infield hits. One run scored on an error, another on a single by left fielder Peter Burgio, and a third on an infield grounder by designated hitter Erik Bergstrom.
Senior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) led off the sixth for the Corsairs with a triple, and scored on an infield grounder by junior designated hitter Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS). KSC scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run homer by center fielder Kyle Morrill and another in the seventh on a solo homer by Burgio.
The Corsairs threatened several times but failed to score. Junior catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) and senior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS) singled with one out in the second, but sophomore second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) lined into a double play. UMD got two runners on base with two out in the fifth, but sophomore third baseman John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine) bounced into a fielder's choice. And the Corsairs loaded the bases with two out in the seventh, but reliever Corey Vogt struck out Talis to end the threat.
Dan Nelson, who started and scattered nine hits through six innings for the Owls, earned the victory and improved to 6-0. Mike St. Martin, who started for the Corsairs, took the loss and dropped to 2-3.
"It was just like last Friday (loss at Keene State), we did what we wanted to do, but we didn't hit when we had runners in scoring position," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We made errors of commission and errors of omission in the third inning. We didn't do a good job on their bunts. Mike St. Martin pitched well for us; he gave us a chance to win the game."
The Corsairs dropped to 20-18 with the defeat, while Keene State improved to 26-13-1 with the victory. Keene State advanced to a second round game Friday at 1:15 against either Rhode Island College or UMass Boston. UMass Dartmouth dropped into the loser's bracket, and will face Southern Maine tonight at 7:45 p.m. in an elimination game.
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