Baseball Drops Heartbreaker In The Ninth To Dartmouth
March 17, 2007
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Minutemen (0-4) opened the 2007 trip to the IMG Complex at Bradenton, Fla. with a heartbreaking 14-9 loss to the Dartmouth Big Green (2-1-1). The two teams were locked at nine until the ninth inning when Dartmouth pushed home 5 runs for the win. Sophomore Mike Dicato (Winthrop, Mass.) (0-2) was the hard luck loser after pitching 3 1/3 innings.
The Minutemen offense woke up after a quiet first three games. "I was really happy with the way we hit the ball today," said Coach Mike Stone of the team's offensive performance. The UMass order put together 16 hits led by junior Jim Cassidy (Medway, Mass.) and sophomore Jim Macdonald (Cheshire, Conn.). Cassidy had three hits and slugged the first Minuteman home run of the year on a solo shot. He also drove in two of the nine UMass runs. Macdonald contributed to the Minutemen's highest run total of the year with three hits and three RBI. Sophomore Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) and senior Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) each chipped in with two hits.
Freshman Jared Freni (Malden, Mass.) started the game on the mound but lasted only 2 2/3 innings. He was relieved by Mitchell Eilenberg (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who proceeded to throw 2 1/3 innings. Dicato then took the ball in the fifth inning and pitched well for the next three innings. "Dicato pitched very well for us today but was a tough luck loser" Coach Stone said after the game. The sophomore reliever embarked on his fourth inning of work as he returned to the pitching rubber to start the ninth and recorded the first out of the inning. After walking the next batter, Coach Stone summoned junior Aaron Smith (Westfield, Mass.) to finish the inning. Unfortunately for the Minutemen, Smith struggled, facing seven batters in two thirds of an inning. In the ninth, Smith yielded five of the 14 Dartmouth runs, including the batter Dicato walked, which proved to be the winning run.
The Minutemen will resume action tomorrow, March 18, against Northwestern in Bradenton Fla. Be sure to check UMassAthletics.com tomorrow for a full recap of the day's action.
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