Baseball Rallies to Defeat 15th-Ranked Wheaton, 12-9

Baseball Rallies to Defeat 15th-Ranked Wheaton, 12-9

April 30, 2009

Final Stats

NORTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team erased a 7-1 deficit, scored eight runs in the seventh and eight innings, and came from behind to defeat host Wheaton, 12-9, in a non-conference game at Sidell Stadium Thursday afternoon

The Corsairs, who got a first-inning run on an RBI single by junior left fielder Tom LaDore (Milford, CT/Foran HS), fell behind the 15th-ranked Lyons, 7-1, in the third inning. Sophomore catcher Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) doubled home two runs in a three-run fifth inning that allowed the Corsairs to cut the lead to 7-4. Sophomore third baseman Anthony Fiorita (Reading, MA/St. John's Prep) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh, and sophomore shortstop Ryan McDermott's (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) run-scoring single later in the inning put UMD ahead for good. Ryan singled home another run in the eighth, and freshman second baseman Dan Demello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) singled with two on in the eighth, and DeMello and the other two runners came all the way around to score on a misplay by Lyons center fielder Hadi Raad. Wheaton right fielder Hal Landers drove in four runs with hits in the second and third innings, and the Lyons scored twice in the eighth on a home run by left fielder Paul Malaguti and Landers' infield hit. But freshman right-hander Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS), the fifth UMass Dartmouth pitched, entered and retired shortstop Nick Pecora on a fly ball, then got the side out in order in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

"We fell behind early, but we got back into it," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We played well and swung the bats well, and our bullpen did a nice job. Matt Ryan and Dan Demello had big hits for us, and everybody hit the ball well."

Juniors Nial Mitchell (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) and Adam Gustafson (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) and sophomore Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS) preceded Lavey, and the four relievers combined to limit Wheaton to two runs and seven hits over the final seven innings. Gustafson earned the victory and improved to 3-4, while Karl Olson, the third Lyons pitcher, took the loss and fell to 1-1.

UMD improved to 12-24 with the win, while Wheaton fell to 29-11 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Keene State in the first round of the Little East Conference playoffs this weekend.