Framingham State defeated MCLA in both games of a doubleheader for its first two conference wins.
The games were played the evening of Friday, April 8 at the New England baseball complex in Northborough, Massachusetts.
In game one, the Rams jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI fielder’s choice by second baseman RJ Gray, which scored catcher Jon Chapman.
FSU would never trail in this game, plating another run in the fifth inning on a double by senior outfielder Jake Wardwell.
Freshman outfielder RC Goodman scored on the double.
MCLA rallied to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning by stringing together two singles and a double.
The tie wouldn’t stand long as FSU would go on to score five runs in the top of the seventh inning, making the score 7-2, where it would remain.
The Rams’ rally was sparked by back-to-back homeruns by Chapman and first baseman Ryan Wardwell.
Left fielder Kyle Pileski would also join the power display, blasting a three-run homerun.
Senior pitcher Zack Kirby earned a strong win on a night where he would pitch a complete game, allowing only two runs, while striking out twelve.
Game two featured more early scoring from the Rams, as they were able to score five runs in the top of the second inning.
The rally was started on a walk by second baseman RJ Gray and an RBI single by first baseman Manny Powers, which scored Gray.
A series of walks and hit batters scored Powers and left fielder Pileski and left the bases loaded for catcher Chapman. Chapman continued to deliver, hitting a two-RBI single to left.
Jake Wardwell would score Anthony Venuti on an RBI single in the sixth inning to give Framingham its sixth run of the game.
Starting pitcher Dillon Corliss earned a win in a solid outing, as he pitched six innings and allowed just three runs on five hits. Blake Waters got the save in one inning of work.