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UMass Dartmouth 10, Tufts 9

At North Dartmouth, MA
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Game Box Score

Senior Steve Ragonese had two hit and two more RBIs for the Jumbos, giving him 38 for the season

NORTH DARTMOUTH -- Sophomore left fielder Tom LaDore�s infield hit in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in the winning run as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth�s baseball team edged visiting Tufts, 10-9, in a non-conference game at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday afternoon.

Sophomore center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA) started the Corsairs� rally when he singled with one out in the eighth inning. One out later, freshman designated hitter Chris Benevides (Fall River, MA) singled, and both runners moved up on the throw in from the outfield. LaDore�s hit drove in Macchi with the go-ahead run.

UMass Dartmouth took the early lead, scoring seven times in their first two at-bats. Macchi doubled in a run in the first inning, junior first baseman Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, MA) drove in another with an infield grounder, and junior third baseman Dave McGuire (Plainville, MA) singled in another. Askeland�s infield grounder and a sacrifice fly by Benevides accounted for two more runs in the second.

Tufts senior second baseman Steve Ragonese (Upper Saddle River, NJ) tripled home a run in the third, and the Jumbos took the lead with seven runs in the fifth. Ragonese walked with the bases loaded, sophomore first baseman Corey Pontes (Milton, MA) singled in a run, and freshman designated hitter Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ) and sophomore catcher Alex Perry (Danvers, MA) each contributed two-run singles.

Askeland�s two-run single allowed the Corsairs to regain the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Pontes� RBI single in the top of the eighth tied the game at 9-9 and set the stage for UMass Dartmouth�s winning rally. Tufts loaded the bases in the ninth against Corsair freshman right-hander Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA), but he induced Ragonese to fly out to center field to end the game.

Freshman right-hander Kyle Merrill (Dennis, MA), the third of four Corsair pitchers, earned the victory and improved to 1-0. Freshman reliever Jack Dilday (Long Beach, CA) took the loss for Tufts and dropped to 0-2, while Pedrotti earned his first save of the season.

The Corsairs improved to 3-20 with the victory, while Tufts fell to 13-9 with the defeat. The Jumbos will host Trinity (CT) Friday in an important NESCAC East Division three-game set. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Johnson & Wales in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon.