Baseball takes two of three conference games

On Thursday, April 14, Framingham State traveled to Johnson & Wales for a non-conference matchup, where it sent Manny Powers to the mound.

Powers gave the Rams three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five, before being relieved by Kyle Hodgson, who ultimately picked up the win.

Framingham struck first in the top of the fifth inning, putting up three and giving Hodgson a cushion.

With two runners on, Kyle Pileski singled to left, bringing in RC Goodman and sending Cole Josselyn to third.

Jon Chapman then doubled to left, scoring two, Josselyn and Pileski, and putting the Rams up 3-0.

Hodgson came out in the bottom half of the inning and squandered two runs, both unearned.

Leading 3-2, the Rams struck again in the eighth giving reliever Chris Riga a little insurance.

Anthony Venuti’s single up the middle brought in Ryan Wardwell and gave Framingham a 4-2 lead.

Riga then pitched a scoreless eighth and Blake Waters a scoreless ninth. Riga picked up the hold while Waters secured the save.

On Saturday, the Rams hosted Westfield State for a conference doubleheader.

The Owls struck for five in the first, which would ultimately be too much for the Rams to overcome en route to a 6-0 loss.

Zack Kirby went the distance, pitching all seven and allowing six runs on six hits and two walks.  The right-hander also continues to lead the team in strikeouts, setting down eight Westfield hitters.

After allowing the five early runs, Kirby settled in, pitching scoreless in the second, third, fourth and fifth before allowing a homerun to Westfield’s Kyle Murphy in the top of the sixth.

Kirby got through the afternoon with 117 pitches, throwing 75 for strikes and moved to 2-3 on the year.

Framingham was held to just three hits. Powers, Jake Wardwell and Ryan Connelly were responsible for them.

John Gegetskas picked up the win for Westfield. He too went the distance for his team, surrendering just the three hits and striking out seven.

The second game of two went much more favorably for Framingham, as it used eight first inning runs to even the season series with Westfield.

After Dillon Corliss pitched a scoreless top of the first, the Rams came out firing.

Ryan Wardwell doubled to left, bringing in his brother Jake Wardwell, and giving the Rams a 1-0 lead.

Chapman then came up with two runners on and belted a three-run homerun to left.

Chapman’s blast gave the Rams an early 4-0, but they weren’t done there.

With the bases loaded Josselyn doubled bringing in RJ Gray and Pileski.

Finally, Matt Brockett’s 2 RBI single to left made it 8-0 before Corliss went back out on the mound for his second inning of work.

In both the second and the third Corliss surrendered two runs each, and after three, the Rams led 8-4.

After a scoreless fifth Corliss came back out in the sixth, where he got into a little trouble. After 5 2/3 innings he was relieved by Riga.

His line for the day read seven hits, five runs, three earned and four strikeouts.

Leading 8-5, the Rams again got shutout in the sixth and Riga came back out in the seventh. Waters came in for the final 1/3 of an inning and picked up another save.

On Monday, the Rams traveled to Worcester State, where they swept both games of the doubleheader by a combined score of 10-0.

Powers was sent to the mound again, where he worked through five innings. He pitched five scoreless, allowing just two hits and issuing four walks. He also struck out two.

He was relieved in the sixth by Brendan McDonough, who allowed just one hit in his inning of work, before handing the seventh over to Riga.

Riga also allowed one hit in his scoreless frame and the three combined for a four-hit shutout.

Powers picked up the win thanks to a four-run fourth inning from the Rams.

Venuti doubled to center bringing in Connelly and was then brought in by a Jake Wardwell double to make it 2-0.

Ryan Wardwell’s single brought home Jake Wardwell and the lead stretched to 3-0.

The fourth run of the inning was scored when Brockett came in on a seeing-eyed single from Chapman.

The four runs would be all the Rams needed as they went on to win 4-0.

In the second game Al Wallach pitched a complete game shutout and picked up the win in a 6-0 victory.

Framingham scored one in the first, two in the second and three in the third, and that would be all it would need as Wallach cruised, allowing only five hits and issuing no walks.

Despite throwing 66 pitches, 44 for strikes, Wallach didn’t set a single Lancer down on strikes.

Framingham got to Kyle Sullivan early and knocked him around in his six innings of work.

Ryan Wardwell got the scoring started in the top of the first with an RBI double to the gap bringing home Connelly.

This would prove to be all Wallach needed, but the offense kept firing in the top half of the second. Josselyn and Connelly each hit RBI singles and Wallach saw his lead stretch to 3-0.

The third inning was highlighted by a Venuti RBI single, bringing in Powers, and a two RBI single from Josselyn.

Josselyn finished the day 2-3 with three RBIs.

Hodgson was sent back out on the mound when the Rams traveled to Endicott for a non-conference matchup.

Hodgson got roughed up a bit, allowing six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, striking out just two.

He was relieved by McDonough, who went 2 2/3 innings allowing one unearned run, before giving way to Waters, who allowed one run in his inning of work.

The eight runs were too much for the Framingham offense, which could only muster three runs of its own.

Framingham jumped out to an early lead, scoring one in the second on a Venuti RBI single, before seeing the lead erased when Endicott scored five in the fourth.

The Rams scored again in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-2 and then once more in the seventh to cut the lead to 6-3, but Endicott tacked on two more after that and came away with an 8-3 win