May 13, 2010
MANSFIELD, CT-Southern Maine jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 9-7, in the final game of the first day of action at the Little East Conference Tournament at the Eastern Connecticut State Outdoor Athletic Complex Thursday night.
The Huskies took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, scoring once on an RBI single by first baseman Mike Eaton, again on a run-scoring infield grounder by center fielder Tucker White and once more on an RBI double by designated hitter Collin Henry.
A pair of errors opened the door for four more USM runs in the third. One run scored on an error, another on an infield grounder, and two on run-scoring hits by Henry and catcher Jordan Berthiaume.
UMass Dartmouth rallied, scoring three runs in their half of the third. Sophomore third baseman John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine) doubled home two runs, and junior catcher Matt Ryan (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) drove in the third with a sacrifice fly. The Corsairs added three more in the fourth on an RBI single by junior shortstop Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) and Granahan's two-run single.
The Huskies took a 9-6 lead when they scored two more runs after they loaded the bases with no one out in the sixth. Third baseman Nick Grady drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and White followed with a run-scoring single.
UMass Dartmouth rallied, scoring when DeMello drove in a run in the bottom of the ninth with a single, but reliever Nick Hahn kept the Corsairs from coming any closer. Hahn, who relieved Henry in the fourth, earned the victory, improving to 4-3, while UMD freshman starter Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) took the loss and dropped to 3-2.
"We got down early, but we battled back and never quit," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "Our pitcher was a little nervous, pitching in an elimination game, but we knocked their number one pitcher out of the game. The relief pitchers did a better job than the starters. We came back, but we just couldn't get over the hump. It's disappointing, but we only lose four players, so, hopefully, we can get it going again."
UMass Dartmouth fell to 20-19 with the defeat, while Southern Maine improved to 20-20-1 with the victory. The Huskies will return to action when they face Keene State in an elimination game Friday afternoon at 4:30. The game was the final action of the season for the Corsairs.
UMASS DARTMOUTH BASEBALL