Framingham State topped Keene State 6-5 in an extra inning thriller on Thursday, March 31 during a home game at the New England baseball complex in Northborough, Massachusetts.
Following the win, Framingham State Coach Michael Gedman said, “A win’s a win, we didn’t play good. We played bad defense, but anytime you win it’s never completely bad.”
It was a long, three-hour game, which would prove worth the wait for Rams fans.
The game, scheduled for nine innings, was knotted at two runs heading into extras.
Keene State looked to take control of the game after scoring three times in the top of the inning, making the score 5-2.
The Rams would have the last laugh, however.
Facing defeat, they scored four runs in the bottom of the tenth inning on RBI singles by second baseman Anthony Venuti and shortstop Aaron Rios, who delivered the walk-off hit.
When asked about Rios’ at bat, Gedman said that “was the easy part.”
You have a 95 percent chance of scoring a run with the bases loaded and nobody out. The three walks to lead off the inning and Venuti’s base hit are what won the game,” Gedman said.
Regarding what the walk-off win means for his club, Gedman said, “In the grand scheme of things it means nothing. Our season is 14 seven-inning MASCAC games. When we aren’t playing in conference, we are working on things and trying to get better.”
Framingham State opened conference play by dropping both games of a doubleheader to Fitchburg State by scores of 4-3 and 14-4 on Saturday, April 2 at the New England baseball complex in Northborough, Massachusetts.
Fitchburg capitalized on two early errors by the Rams to go ahead 1-0 in the top of the first.
Framingham, however, would answer in the home half of the third with a sacrifice fly by senior outfielder Jake Wardwell.
Framingham tacked on two more with solo shots from Venuti and senior catcher Jon Chapman, who was named Framingham State Athlete of the Week.
The Falcons would score three runs in the sixth inning to make the score 4-3, where it stood. Senior pitcher Zack Kirby took the close loss, allowing just four hits while striking out 10.
Game two started well for the Rams, as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Chapman’s second homerun of the day.
That lead did not last long, however, as the Falcons batted around in the top of the third and scored ten runs.
This steep deficit proved too much for Rams to overcome, as they fell 14-4.
Framingham State squared off with non-conference opponent Babson College at Govoni Field in Babson Park, Massachusetts on Friday, April 1.
Babson (11-4-1) dominated FSU in a game where they held the lead throughout.
While the Rams managed 13 hits as compared to Babson’s 20, Babson utilized walks and timely hitting to compile RBIs by six different players.
Freshman pitcher Alex Erwin from Tewksbury, Massachusetts fell to 0-1 on the season.