NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Junior Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, Mass.) singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday afternoon and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team defeated Plymouth State University, 4-3, and swept their doubleheader in the 2010 Little East Conference opener for both teams at the UMD Athletic Complex. The Corsairs won the opener 16-0 in a game called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule.
Senior Tom Ladore (Milford, Conn.) singled home the Corsairs’ first two runs in the bottom of the second inning of the nightcap. PSU sophomore Mike Cappiello (Westfield, N.J.) knocked in a run for the Panthers with a fourth-inning sacrifice fly, but junior catcher Zak Talis (Lynnfield, Mass.) restored UMD’s two-run lead with an RBI single In the fifth. PSU tied it at 3-3 in the seventh on a run-scoring grounder by freshman Brendan Cosgrove (Merrimack, N.H.) and a double by freshman Steve Beard (Middleton, Mass.), but Ladore doubled in the last of the ninth and scored on McDermott’s game-winning single.
Sophomore Jonathan Bishop (Woburn, Mass.) went all the way for the Panthers and took the loss. Junior Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, Mass.), who relieved in the eighth inning, earned the victory for UMD.
Talis drove in two runs with a first-inning double in the opener, and the Corsairs scored 11 runs in their next two at-bats to break the game open, Talis had four hits and six runs batted in, McDermott had three hits, a double and three RBIs, and Ladore and sophomore third baseman John Granahan (Hanover, Mass.) each drove in two runs, Freshman Karney Boff (Dighton, Mass.) pitched a three-hitter for the win, improving to 2-0. while junior Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, N.H.), who pitched the first three innings for PSU, took the loss.
UMass Dartmouth, 9-5 overall and 2-0 in the Little East, will return to action with a visit to Babson on Monday. PSU, 1-13 overall and 0-2 in the LEC, travels to Middlebury on Wednesday.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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