Baseball Falls to Bridgewater State, 17-9

April 24, 2008

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Bridgewater State scored seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to break the game open and defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 17-9, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Thursday afternoon.

The ninth-inning explosion foiled a UMass Dartmouth comeback that had seen the Corsairs reduce the BSC lead from 10-3 to 10-9 going to the top of the ninth.

UMass Dartmouth began their comeback by scoring five runs in the seventh inning, getting the first three on a home run by junior third baseman Dave McGuire (Plainville, MA/King Phillip Regional HS). Junior first baseman Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) drove in a run in the eighth to make it 10-9. But sophomore shortstop Brian Medairos (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) led off the ninth with a home run for the Bears, senior left fielder Steve Smith (East Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) doubled home two more runs, and sophomore first baseman Tom Couet (East Freetown, MA/Apponequet HS) capped the outburst with a two-run homer.

BSC took advantage of a pair of errors, a double by sophomore third baseman Mark Claffey (Bellingham, MA/Bellingham HS) and Smith's sacrifice fly to take an early 4-0 lead. Senior right fielder Kevin Narey (Lynn, MA/Lynn Classical HS) singled home a run in a two-run second for the Corsairs, and an RBI single by freshman designated hitter Chris Benevides (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) in the third made it 4-3. Back-to-back home runs by Smith and junior catcher Kelly LaDow (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) keyed a five-run Bridgewater sixth that made it 10-3.

McGuire finished with three RBIs for the Corsairs. Smith had six RBIs and a pair of hits, allowing him to break the Bears' career record with 216 hits, one more than Ed Grueter, who played for BSC between 1988 and 1991.

"It was a hitters' day, but we fought back after falling behind," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We'll come back out tomorrow and get after it."

Freshman Brian Guillotte (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), the second of four BSC pitchers, earned the victory and improved to 1-0, while junior Dennis Jennette (East Brookfield, MA/David Prouty HS) earned his first save of the season. Sophomore right-hander Adam Gustafson (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) started and took the loss for the Corsairs, falling to 0-6. The Corsairs dropped to 3-28 with the loss, while the Bears improved to 18-12 with the win. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Roger Williams in a non-conference game Friday, while BSC will play Curry Friday in Brockton.

UMASS DARTMOUTH BASEBALL

Bridgewater State at UMass Dartmouth Apr 24, 2008 at North Dartmouth, MA (UMD Athletic Complex) Bridgewater State 17 (18-12) UMass Dartmouth 9 (3-28) Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Mark Claffey 3b............ 5 4 1 2 Ryan McDermott ss.......... 6 0 0 0 Steve Lambert rf........... 5 2 3 2 Carlos Sanchez lf.......... 6 0 2 0 Steve Smith lf............. 4 2 2 6 Jeff Macchi cf............. 5 1 1 0 Kelly LaDow c.............. 5 2 3 1 Casey Askeland 1b.......... 4 3 2 1 Dana Hansen dh............. 4 0 1 0 Chris Benevides dh......... 3 1 1 1 Ian Williams ph........... 2 1 2 1 Dave McGuire 3b............ 4 1 2 3 J.T. Mooney cf............. 4 0 0 0 Pat McDonough 2b........... 3 1 1 0 Jeff Poupolo ph........... 1 0 0 1 Dylan Zygmont ph.......... 1 0 1 0 David Kiloski 1b........... 4 0 1 0 Matt Ryan c................ 3 1 0 0 Tom Couet ph.............. 2 1 1 2 Eric Rodriguez ph......... 1 0 1 0 Brian Medairos ss.......... 5 3 3 1 Kevin Narey rf............ 4 1 2 1 Brad Koneski 2b............ 4 2 1 0 Adam Gustafson p........... 0 0 0 0 Dave Liffers p............. 0 0 0 0 Kyle Merrill p............ 0 0 0 0 Brian Guillotte p......... 0 0 0 0 Chris Contre p............ 0 0 0 0 Joe Caparotta p........... 0 0 0 0 Brian Pedrotti p.......... 0 0 0 0 Dennis Jennette p......... 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 45 17 18 16 Totals..................... 40 9 13 6 Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- Bridgewater State... 220 105 007 - 17 18 3 UMass Dartmouth..... 021 000 510 - 9 13 6 ------------------------------------------- E - Claffey; Lambert; Medairos; R McDermott 3; C Sanchez; Dave McGuire; P McDonough. DP - BSCBB2 3; UMass D 1. LOB - BSCBB2 9; UMass D 11. 2B - Claffey; Lambert; Smith; C Askeland 2. 3B - Jeff Macchi. HR - Smith; LaDow; Couet; Medairos; Dave McGuire. HBP - Claffey; LaDow; Dave McGuire; Kevin Narey. SF - Lambert; Smith; Poupolo. CS - Claffey; Koneski. Bridgewater State IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dave Liffers .............. 2.2 7 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 14 14 1 4 Brian Guillotte W,1-0..... 4.0 2 4 3 5 0 2 0 2 0 14 21 4 7 Joe Caparotta ............. 0.1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 Dennis Jennette S,1....... 2.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 9 2 4 UMass Dartmouth IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Adam Gustafson L,0-6...... 6.0 11 10 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 33 7 8 Kyle Merrill .............. 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 5 2 1 Chris Contre .............. 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 5 0 2 Brian Pedrotti ............ 1.0 6 7 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 9 10 2 0 WP - Guillotte 2. HBP - by Guillotte (Dave McGuire); by Guillotte (Kevin Narey); by Kyle Merrill (Claffey); by Chris Contre (LaDow). Strikeouts - Poupolo; Koneski; R McDermott; C Sanchez. Walks - Smith; Medairos; Koneski; C Askeland; C Benevides 2; P McDonough; Matt Ryan. Umpires - HP: Joe Peters 1B: Robert Panza Start: 3:30 pm Time: 2:45 Attendance: 215