Baseball splits doubleheader to move into third place in the MASCAC

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Framingham State hosted the Worcester State Lancers in a MASCAC game April 14. 

The Lancers jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first. After a one-out double, Ben Palatino delivered an RBI single to go up 1-0. 

Worcester State added another run in the top of the second with a solo home run off the bat of Kenan Kolanda, making it 2-0. 

The Rams answered back in the bottom of the third to cut into their deficit. With no outs and the bases loaded, Joe Ambrosino hit a sacrifice fly, allowing Gino Desimone to score to make it 2-1. 

Another sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth tied the game for the Rams. Kyle Dembrowski supplied the RBI as Kyle Lippert crossed the plate, making it 2-2. 

Framingham struck again for another run in the bottom of the sixth. After a one-out double from Bobby Higgins, Desimone ripped an RBI single to give the Rams a 3-2 lead, the eventual final score. 

Kyle Hodgson picked up the win for the Rams, pitching all seven innings, surrendering two runs, and striking out 10. He is now 6-1 on the year. 

Aaron Williams and Desimone led the Rams offensively in the win, as both players went 2-for-3 at the plate. 

With the victory, the Rams are now 13-12 on the year and 7-4 in the MASCAC. 

In the second game of the doubleheader against Worcester State, both teams got off to a slow start offensively. 

The Lancers struck first, but not until the top of the fourth inning. Kevin Larkin grounded into a double play, allowing a run to score. 

The Rams answered right back in the next half inning to tie the game 1-1. Andrew Curtis delivered an RBI single that allowed Ambrosino to cross the plate. 

Framingham struck again in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. Higgins blasted a two-run homer to put the Rams up 3-1. 

Worcester responded in the sixth with an RBI single from Seth Leslie, making it a one-run game. 

The Rams got the run right back in the next half inning as RC Goodman scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2 Framingham. 

The Lancers struck for three runs in the top of the seventh, taking a 5-4 lead heading into the last half inning. 

In the bottom of the seventh, the Rams were able to load the bases, but Curtis popped out to end the game. 

Al Wallach pitched for the Rams as he picked up his first loss of the season. He went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs and striking out three.  

Cory Caraher, Dembrowski, and Curtis all went 2-for-3 in the game to lead the Rams’ offense. 

With the loss, the Rams fall to 13-13 on the year and 7-5 in the conference. 

The Rams took on the Lesley University Lynx in a nonconference game April 16. 

Framingham jumped out to a quick start in the bottom of the first, striking for three runs in the opening frame. Anthony Herman and Goodman had RBIs in the inning. 

In the bottom of the second, the Rams struck for two more runs – both on wild pitches – to increase their lead to 5-0. 

The Rams exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the third to go up 14-0 after just three innings. Jared Macleod, Williams, Caraher, and Higgins all had one RBI in the inning. Ambrosino also added two RBIs and Goodman had three. 

Framingham added four more runs late in the game, including a solo home run from Goodman to make it 18-4, the eventual final score. 

Goodman carried the Rams as he went 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run and five RBIs. 

With the win, the Rams are now 14-13 on the year and 7-5 in the MASCAC. 

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