Game one featured sloppy defense by the Rams, who committed five errors in the 9-6 loss.
Mass. Maritime jumped out to a quick lead by plating two runs in the top of the first, but FSU chipped away with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning.
This came on an error by the Maritime third baseman, who had trouble handling a hard ground ball by catcher Jonathan Chapman.
This miscue allowed RJ Gray to score from third base, giving Chapman an RBI.
Framingham tallied one run in both the third and fourth innings to grab a brief 3-2 lead.
These came on by way of a fielder’s choice by Jake Wardwell to score brother Ryan Wardwell, and an RBI single by Gray the following inning.
Maritime would then blow the game open with a seven-run frame, which was highlighted by a three-run homerun.
FSU wouldn’t give this one up easily, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The comeback would go no further however, as the game would end in a score of 9-6, Maritime.
Once again, errors hurt the Rams in a game two losing effort against Mass. Maritime. Framingham committed four errors on the way to a 12-7 loss.
FSU was held scoreless until the fifth inning, where it found itself losing 4-0 to the visiting Buccaneers.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Rams bats would make some serious noise on their way to tie the game up at four runs each.
Slugging senior catcher Chapman came to the plate with the bases loaded and a “0” on the scoreboard for his team.
With one swing of the bat, Chapman sent the ball about 400 feet and plated four runs with a grand slam.
Gray, Kyle Pileski and Anthony Venuti scored on the homerun.
Mass. Maritime wasn’t finished, though, scoring eight runs over the next two innings to jump out to a 12-4 lead. Once again, Framingham battled in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three to make the final score 12-7.
Game one was a classic pitchers’ duel at Salem State’s Central Campus home field.
Salem struck first, plating a single run on an error and a base hit in the home half of the first to take a 1-0 lead.
The score would remain there until the top of the sixth, when FSU was threatening with runners in scoring position.
Catcher Chapman hit a sacrifice fly to right field, which Gray was able to tag up and score on from third base, giving Chapman an RBI.
This knotted the game up at 1-1.
The game wouldn’t hold there for long, as Salem State took little time to break the tie. They were able to manufacture one run on a sacrifice fly, making the score 2-1 Vikings, where it would stay.
Emmanuel Powers had a solid effort in the complete game, where he took a loss. He pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and two runs.