Nine total hits, nine pitchers, and one run scored.
That was the story of Framingham’s Tuesday afternoon matchup against Western New England College.
Six of the nine total hits came from the Rams, and three came off catcher Kyle Dembrowski’s bat.
Head Coach Sean Callahan said, “Kyle had a great performance, not only at the plate but behind the plate as well. He simplified his approach and was barreling up everything against a very solid WNEU pitching staff.”
He added, “He is going to be a critical part of our offense moving forward in NE competition.”
Despite Dembrowski’s very solid performance, the Rams did not plate a single run all game.
Framingham left 14 runners on base, as they were unable to capitalize on pivotable chances.
The one run for the game came in the third inning as WNEU knocked in a baserunner on a groundout.
Kevin Connelly gave up the run on the mound and was later replaced by Al Wallach.
Wallach pitched three innings in relief and allowed only one hit while striking out four.
“Al is one of our top arms and constantly proves it every time he takes the mound,” Callahan said. “We have total trust in him when he is on the mound and know he is always going to throw quality innings and shut down other teams.”
In the ninth inning, Framingham got two runners on base with two outs before Matt Fogarty struck out to end the game 1-0.
The next day, the Rams took on Babson in a matchup that once again consisted of nine pitchers, but more than double the number of hits.
Babson got the game started early as they plated four runs and collected five hits in the first inning.
Framingham responded with a run in the third, but Babson fired back with five more runs in the bottom of the inning.
After ceding nine runs in the first three innings, the Framingham pitchers were stellar, as only three hits were given up over the next six innings.
The defense backing them only made one error in that timespan.
Callahan said, “They made us pay for a few mistake pitches early, but other than the three innings, we played a solid game defensively.”
The Rams were able to score only once during this stonewall performance, as they left six runners on base through the six innings.
“Offensively, same as WNEU, we left a lot of guys on base. Moving forward, we will improve our situational hitting with runners in scoring position and increase our run production,” Callahan said. “We know our pitching staff is going to keep us in a lot of games, and now we need to produce offensively to back them up.”
With the 9-2 loss, the Rams fall to 6-8 on the season.