Dunphy goes the distance as baseball downs Salve Regina, 6-3

NEWPORT, R.I. (taken from an SRU press release) - Senior lefty Tim Dunphy (Cambridge, Mass.) pitched a complete game while scattering 14 hits as he led Brandeis University baseball to a 6-3 decision over Salve Regina University in non-league action in Newport.

The Seahawks, No. 3 in the latest New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll, outhit the visitors (14-12), but grounded into three double plays. Dunphy started two of the twin-killings on comebackers.

The Judges scored four runs in the 2nd (three unearned) and two more in the 3rd inning. Junior RF Ben Dashefsky (Massapequa, N.Y.) led off the 2nd with a single to right, moved to second when rookie LF Dave Almeida (Bridgeport, Conn.) walked, and then scored when the Seahawks committed an error on sophomore 3B Malcolm Cone-Coleman's (Portland, Maine) sacrifice bunt. Senior 1B Chris Navis (Walpole, Mass.) worked a bases- loaded walk for the Judges' second run before sophomore CF Chuck Sheehan (Lexington, Mass.) followed with a bunt single for the game's third run. Senior SS Zach Golden (Milton, Mass.) brought home the fourth run on a sac fly.

Salve Regina scored in its half of the second when junior RF Davin Sirpenski
(Voluntown, Conn.) led off with a triple and came home on a grounder by junior 1B Nicholas Zambrotta (Newport, R.I.).

Almeida was issued a one-out walk in the Brandeis 3rd and moved to third on a Cone-Coleman single, with Cone-Coleman taking second on the throw. Both Brandeis baserunners would score on a squeeze bunt attempt from senior C Phil
Aurigemma (Westborough, Mass.), who landed safely at first on a throwing
error from Seahawk rookie starting pitcher Justin Collett (South Portland,
Maine).

Junior Matt Palmisano (Chicago, Ill.) came in relief for the Seahawks and immediately induced a double-play grounder. The junior righty, who lost his father to a heart attack just before the start of the season, pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way while striking out six Judges.

Salve Regina added solo runs in the 7th and 9th innings, but Dunphy retired the final two batters of the game (both representing the potential tying run) on groundouts. Sophomore 3B Matt Finlayson (Higganum, Conn.) and junior LF Joseph Leafe (Manchester, N.H.) both collected three hits apiece for the Seahawks.