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Baseball Uses Pair Of Late Inning Rallies To Sweep Non-League Twinbill At Brandeis

Saturday, May 3, 2008
Stein Diamond, Waltham, Mass.

     123 456 7  R H E
Suffolk (26-10)    001 001 4 - 6 6 1
Brandeis (18-17)    011 000 1 - 3 8 1
SUF: Steve Durant and Bobby Barrett
BRN: Rocco Toppi, Tyler Robinson (6) and Artie Posch
WP: Durant (6-3) LP: Robinson (5-3) Home Run: SUF – Nick Martinho (9)

     123 456 7  R H E
Suffolk (27-10)    100 103 1 - 6 11 2
Brandeis (18-18)    300 000 2 - 5 8 1
SUF: Dan D’Elia, Greg DiMarco (7) and Bobby Barrett
BRN: Craig Letendre, Kyle Ritchie (4), Pat Nicholson (5) and Zach Wooley
WP: D’Elia (7-2) LP: Nicholson (2-4)  Save: DiMarco (3)

WALTHAM, Mass.--  Senior Nick Martinho (Middleton, Mass.) rapped out four hits and drove in four runs as Suffolk used a pair of late inning rallies to sweep a non-league college baseball doubleheader from Brandeis by scores of 6-3 in the opener and 6-5 in the nightcap in games played Saturday afternoon at Stein Diamond.

The visiting Rams (27-10) used a four-run seventh frame to snap a 2-2 tie in the opener, as sophomore Mike Kenneally (Georgetown, Mass.) scored the go-ahead run on a wild-pitch before Martinho belted a three-run homer, his ninth of the spring, to give Suffolk a 6-2 cushion.  The host Judges (18-18) got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a two-out RBI double by sophomore Drake Livada (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) but got no closer, as senior Steve Durant (Malden, Mass.) scattered eight hits and fanned six in going the distance for his sixth victory of the spring for the visitors.  Brandeis took a 2-1 third inning lead on an RBI single by sophomore John O’Brion (Portland, Maine), but the Rams evened matters in the sixth when senior Greg DiMarco (Newton, Mass.) scored on an error, setting up Martinho’s seventh inning heroics.  Sophomore Jose Alejandro (Lowell, Mass.) recorded two of Suffolk’s six hits in the opener, while freshmen Tony Deshler (Pepperell, Mass.) and Pat Nicholson (East Walpole, Mass.) each had two hits for the Judges, as senior Tyler Robinson (Manotick, Ont.) suffered the setback in relief for the hosts.

Brandeis grabbed a 3-1 first inning lead in the nightcap on a Nicholson RBI double to go with a two-run single off the bat of freshman Zach Wooley (Argyle, Tex.), but Suffolk closed back to within a run in the fourth on Alejandro’s RBI triple and took the lead for good with three tallies in the sixth, as DiMarco put the visitors in front to stay with a two-run double and late scored on Martinho’s RBI single.  The Rams added what proved to be a key insurance run in the seventh on a Kenneally sacrifice fly, as the Judges plated a pair in the bottom half of the inning when Livada was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and O’Brion added an RBI fielder’s choice to pull the hosts to within one, but a strikeout ended the game with the winning runs on base.

Martinho finished with three hits in the nightcap triumph for Suffolk, which also received two hits each off the bats of sophomores Rory Gentile (Gloucester, Mass.) and Tim Corcoran (Beverly, Mass.).  Junior Dan D’Elia (Boston, Mass.) allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings of work and struck out six to improve to 7-2 on the mound for the Rams, as DiMarco came on to record the final two outs and pick up his third save of the season.  Deshler had two hits in the second contest as well for Brandeis, while Nicholson also added a pair of hits and suffered the setback on the mound in relief for the Judges, allowing one earned run over the final three innings.

Suffolk heads to Cambridge, Mass. on Sunday afternoon to take on MIT in a non-league outing that begins at 1:00 p.m., while Brandeis will await word on a possible berth in the ECAC Division III New England Championships, as those pairings will be announced on Monday.