Framingham State hosted the Bridgewater State Bears for a MASCAC doubleheader April 19.
The Bears got off to a quick start in the first game, scoring three runs in the first inning with the help of back-to-back doubles.
In the top of the second, Bridgewater struck for 11 more runs to go up 14-0.
The Rams got a run back in the bottom of the third. Joe Ambrosino ripped a single, allowing Aaron Williams to score from second base.
Framingham responded in the next inning with three more runs to cut the deficit to 14-4. Williams, Ambrosino, and Bobby Higgins all collected RBIs for the Rams.
The Bears struck for two runs in the fifth inning and two more runs in the seventh, with home runs from Lewis Robinson and Dominic Precopio, to extend the lead to 18-4.
An RC Goodman three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh helped cut into the Rams’ deficit, but it was too little, too late as Framingham fell 18-8.
Ambrosino played well in the loss, going 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs. Goodman followed right behind him, going 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs.
Al Wallach started the game for the Rams and picked up the loss.
Framingham is now 15-14 on the year and 8-6 in the conference.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Bridgewater once again got off to a fast start.
With the help of an RBI single and a wild pitch, the Bears jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead at the end the first.
In the top of the second, the Bears extended their lead to 3-0. With runners at the corners, Bridgewater executed a double steal, allowing the run to score.
Framingham battled back in the bottom of the second with a Matt Fogarty RBI single, making it 3-1 after two innings.
The Rams struck for two more runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game 3-3. Ambrosino and Kyle Dembrowski both had RBI groundouts to help push the runs across.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Rams scored three more runs to take the lead. An RBI single from Higgins and a two-run single from Ambrosino allowed the Rams to secure a 6-3 lead, the eventual final score.
Kevin Connelly picked up the win for the Rams, going five innings, allowing three runs, and striking out five.
Kevin Scerra pitched a perfect seventh inning to pick up the save.
Ambrosino again led the Rams’ offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
With the win, the Rams move to 16-14 on the year and 9-6 in the MASCAC.
The Rams hosted Newbury College in a nonconference game April 24.
Newbury struck first in the top of the opening frame to take an early 1-0 lead. A fielder’s choice with two men on base allowed the game’s opening run to cross the plate.
The Rams responded in the bottom of the third with two runs to take the lead. RBI doubles from Higgins and Ambrosino allowed the Rams to go up 2-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, Framingham stuck again with an RBI single from Ambrosino to take a 3-1 lead.
Framingham added one more run to the lead in the bottom of the eighth, thanks to an Andrew Curtis RBI single.
Neither team scored in the bottom of the ninth, allowing the Rams to earn the 4-1 victory.
Anthony Panza picked up his first win for the Rams, going two innings, giving up zero runs, and striking out four.
Randy White came out of the bullpen to pitch the ninth for the Rams, earning the save.
Ambrosino went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs, while Higgins went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
With the win, the Rams improve to 17-14 on the year and 9-6 in the conference.