Framingham State took on UMass Dartmouth in its home opener on March 22.
Dylan Corliss took the mound for the Rams in his second start of the season. He got off to a good start, retiring the side in order in the top of the first.
Ryan Connolly led off the bottom of the frame with a single. Ryan Wardwell followed up with a double, putting runners on second and third. RJ Gray then ripped a two RBI double to put the Rams up 2-0 after the first inning.
The Corsairs got a run back in the top of the second when Devon King got an RBI off of a fielder’s choice making it 2-1.
In the top of the third, the Corsairs took the lead. After a leadoff double, Erick Ramirez blasted a two-run shot over the fence to go up 3-2.
UMass Dartmouth went for six runs in the top of the fourth, but only two of the runs were earned. The inning started with Ryan Ainslee reaching on a Cole Josselyn throwing error and he eventually scored on a wild pitch. Then Ervin Kantardzic followed with a two-run blast. After a bases-loaded walk, Ainslee hit a two-run single to cap the six-run inning and put the Corsairs up 9-2.
The Rams countered with a five-run inning of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Manny Powers led off the inning with a solo homerun. After RBIs from Aaron Rios, Kyle Pileski and Gray, Framingham found itself right back in the game.
In the top of the sixth, the Corsairs struck for seven more runs, thanks to the bat of Kantardzic. He hit his second homerun of the game, this time a grand slam to put them up 16-7. Kantardzic went 3-for-6 with two homeruns and six RBIs on the day.
The Rams got a run back in the bottom of the seventh when Pileski hit a solo homerun to cut the deficit to 16-8, but this wasn’t enough. The Corsairs went on to score four more runs and the Rams were only able to score once more.
The Corsairs got a 20-9 victory over the Rams with David Tarr picking up the win.
Corliss took the loss, pitching five innings, giving up four earned runs and striking out eight.
Gray and Pileski led the offense for the Rams, each getting three RBIs.
The Rams scored nine runs on 23 hits and committed four errors in the loss.
Framingham drops to 2-4 on the season.
Framingham State traveled to Roger Williams University to take on the Hawks on March 23.
The game was scoreless through the first four and a half innings before Eli Camner blasted a solo shot to left center to put the Hawks up 1-0.
In the seventh inning, the Rams struck back to tie things up at 1-1. Powers ripped a solo blast for his second homerun on the season.
The game remained tied going into the ninth inning. In the top of ninth, Wardwell led things off for the Rams with a single to left field.
Aaron Williams was sent in to pinch run for Wardwell. Williams took second base on a wild pitch to advance to scoring position. He then stole third base to get 90 feet from scoring the go-ahead run.
Williams then scored when Hawks pitcher, Troy Deleon, committed an error, throwing a pickoff attempt past the third baseman. The run put the Rams up 2-1.
Pinch hitter Rios then ripped a single into the outfield, sending Pileski to third. Powers then delivered an RBI single into left field to put the Rams up 3-1.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Hawks were able to get one run back, but the comeback was cut short as Brendan McDonough closed out the game, earning a save.
Kyle Hodgson pitched eight innings for the Rams, giving up just one run on seven hits allowed. He struck out six in his win. He improved to 1-0 on the season.
Powers led the offense for the Rams going 3-for-4 with a homerun and two RBIs.
With the win, the Rams improve to 3-4 on the season.