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Baseball Opens GNAC Play With 7-0, 15-11 Sweep Of Saint Joseph's (Maine)

Saturday, March 29, 2008
Malden Catholic High School, Malden, Mass.

     123 456 7  R H E
Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (7-7, 0-1 GNAC) 000 000 0 - 0 3 0
Suffolk (9-4, 1-0 Great Northeast)  230 110 x - 7 7 0
SJM: Pat Moran, Chris Nanof (5), Billy Creed (6) and Travis Adams
SUF: Steve Durant and Bobby Barrett
WP: Durant (3-1) LP: Moran (0-3)
Home Runs: SUF - Rory Gentile (1), Nick Martinho (5), Bobby Barrett (1)

     123 456 78  R H E
Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (7-8, 0-2 GNAC) 500 024 00 - 11 12 2
Suffolk (10-4, 2-0 Great Northeast)  221 330 04 - 15 12 2
SJM: Andrew Keirstead, Billy Creed (4), Andrew Pooler (4) and Ian Lee
SUF: Reid Jackson, Steve Healey (7) and Bobby Barrett
WP: Healey (1-0) LP: Pooler (2-2) 
Home Runs: SJM – Ben Grant-Roy (2), Ian Lee (1), Pat Moran (1); SUF – Tim Corcoran (1)

MALDEN, Mass.--  Sophomore Tim Corcoran’s (Beverly, Mass.) walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the eighth capped a three-hit, seven RBI performance that lifted Suffolk to a 15-11 nightcap victory and a sweep of a Great Northeast Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader of Saint Joseph’s (Maine) Saturday afternoon at Malden Catholic High School, as the Rams took the opener by a 7-0 final behind a complete-game three-hit shutout effort on the mound by senior Steve Durant (Malden, Mass.).

Suffolk (10-4, 2-0 Great Northeast) snapped a 5-5 tie with three fourth inning runs in the nightcap on RBI doubles off the bats of Corcoran and senior Nick Martinho (Middleton, Mass.) that followed a sacrifice fly by junior Keith Carter (Newburyport, Mass.), but the visiting Monks (7-8, 0-2 Great Northeast) closed back to within 8-7 in the fifth on a two-run homer by sophomore Ben Grant-Roy (Biddeford, Maine).  The Rams plated three in the bottom of the inning on a two-run triple by junior Chris Barber (Falmouth, Mass.) and a sacrifice fly from sophomore Rory Gentile (Gloucester, Mass.), but Saint Joseph’s evened matters with four runs in the sixth on an RBI single by senior Brian Schools (Gorham, Maine) and a two-run safety from Grant-Roy.  The Monks had a chance to take the lead in the seventh with runners on the corners, but Suffolk freshman Steve Healey (Norwood, Mass.) picked off a runner to end the frame, setting the stage for Corcoran’s game-winning heroics in the extra frame.

Martinho joined Corcoran with three hits in the second game triumph for the Rams, who also received a pair of hits off the bat of sophomore Bobby Barrett (Milton, Mass.).  Healey collected his first collegiate win with 1 1/3 innings in relief of junior Reid Jackson (Burlington, Mass.), who fanned seven over 6 2/3 innings of work.  Grant-Roy finished with three hits and five RBI in the nightcap setback for Saint Joseph’s, who also received two hits each from Schools, junior Wade Oliver (Owls Head, Maine) and sophomore Mike Burdin (Gardiner, Maine).  Sophomore Pat Moran (Winterport, Maine) and freshman Ian Lee (Hampden, Maine) also went deep in the second game for the Monks, as junior Andrew Pooler (Somesville, Maine) took the loss on the mound.

Suffolk jumped out to a 5-0 second inning lead in the opener, as Gentile led off the first with a homer and Barrett forced in a run after being hit by a pitch, and the Rams plated three more in the second on a pair of passed balls and a bases loaded walk to Martinho, who rapped out his fifth homer of the spring in the fourth.  Barrett rapped out his first round-tripper of the season to close out the scoring in the fifth for Suffolk, as Durant scattered three hits and struck out five to improve to 3-1 on the same mound that he pitched on in high school.  Moran took the loss in the opening game for Saint Joseph’s fanning four in four innings of work for the Monks.

Suffolk hosts Norwich in a Great Northeast doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Malden Catholic High School beginning at Noon, while Saint Joseph’s hosts Johnson & Wales in a Great Northeast twinbill on Sunday afternoon in Standish, Maine that begins at 1:00 p.m.