Rams sneak into MASCAC tournament, advance through first round

[Allie Gath]

By Liam Gambon

Staff Writer

The Rams faced off against Mass. Maritime in a 5-0 victory on Apr. 23.

The Rams improve to 14-16 with the win.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning in which the Rams put up three runs to take a 3-0 lead. The Rams scored in the fifth off a double first from Kyle Lippert which scored Joe Ambrosino and Kyle Pileski. The scoring was wrapped up by another double coming from Robert Higgins that scored Lippert.

The Rams scored two more runs in the seventh inning. The first came off of a single by Aaron Williams, which knocked in Pileski, as he scored off an error. Lippert was the next to manufacture a run as he grounded out to short which led to Williams scoring the game’s final run.

Kevin Connelly pitched a complete game shutout, while only allowing two hits and striking out eight.

The Rams lost in the second game of the Mass. Maritime double-header 10-8.

Mass. Maritime got on the board first in the second inning. They piled on seven more in the third to take an 8-2. The Rams contributed two runs to the game in the top of the third off an error, which scored Ambrosino and then later lead to Lippert scoring as well.

The Rams scored five runs in the fourth inning to make it 8-7. Ambrosino hit a triple to score Pileski for the first run of the inning. Lippert then singled in Ambrosino for the second run. Jordan Pallazola rocked a three-run homerun to wrap up the scoring for the inning.

Mass. Maritime scored once in the fifth and once in the sixth to stretch their lead to 10-7, heading into the final inning. The Rams would score one run off an error that scored Emmanuel Powers. The Rams would leave the bases loaded to end the game losing, 10-8.

Kyle Hodgson took the loss pitching into the sixth inning allowing two earned runs on nine hits, while walking three and striking out four.

The Rams back-to-back losses against Salem State in a double-header on Apr. 27.   

In the first game, Salem State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and padded onto the lead with two runs in the third, to stretch the lead to 4-0 early. The Rams were able to score one run in the fourth inning off of a Ryan Wardell homerun to left field. Salem State scored two more runs in the fifth and took a commanding 6-1 lead that would stick to the end, earning them the victory.

Michael Andrews took the loss for the Rams as he threw four innings, letting up seven hits and six earned runs, while walking one and striking out one.

The second game of the double-header was a lot closer as Framingham jumped out to an early lead by following a run in the top of the third inning by Salem State, with four of their own to make the game 4-1 early. Powers manufactured the first run for the Rams with a single that knocked in Brockett. Pallazola brought in the next three runs, with a three-run homerun that scored Powers and Higgins.

Salem State would score five more runs in the next two innings to take a 6-4 lead. Both the Rams and Salem State would put up two runs in the sixth inning and none in the seventh to end the game 8-6.

Al Wallach took the loss for Framingham allowing six runs, five earned on nine hits, while walking one and striking out one.

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