Baseball takes down Fitchburg State in back-to-back games

Kathleen Moore/ THE GATEPOST

The Rams traveled to Fitchburg State to take on the Falcons in a conference game April 25. 

After a scoreless first inning, Framingham got on the board first in the top of the second. Kyle Lippert drew a bases-loaded walk to push the first run across for the Rams. Joe Ambrosino followed with an RBI groundout to make it 2-0, and Aaron Williams scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to make it 3-0. 

The Rams extended their lead in the top of the third as Cory Caraher ripped a two-run single to make it 5-0. 

In the fourth, the Rams struck again for two more runs. This time, Robert Higgins roped a two-run home run to make it 7-0.

The Falcons finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. The Rams’ lead was cut to 7-2 by an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, after four innings of play. 

Williams and Ambrosino both hit RBI singles in the fifth to push Framingham’s lead back to seven runs, 9-2. 

In the sixth, Matt Fogarty hammered a two-run homer over the fence to extend the Rams’ lead to 11-2. 

The Falcons added another run in the bottom half of the sixth off a sacrifice fly to make it 11-3. However, Framingham got the run right back in the top of the seventh with a Lippert sacrifice fly, making it 12-3 – the eventual final score. 

The Rams had a balanced attack on offense as five different players had at least two RBIs on the day, including Higgins, who also added three hits. 

Kevin Connelly picked up the win on the mound for the Rams, going four innings, giving up two runs, and striking out eight. 

With the win, Framingham improves to 18-15 on the year and 10-7 in the conference. 

On April 28, the Rams took on the Fitchburg State Falcons again, but this time they hosted their conference foes at Bowditch Field. 

Brandon Ferrell led off the game for the Falcons and struck out swinging, but was able to advance to first on a wild pitch. He then stole second and took third on another wild pitch. 

Vincent Eramo ripped an RBI single to give Fitchburg an early 1-0 lead. 

Framingham responded in the bottom half of the first with three runs. Andrew Curtis roped a two-run double into the gap and Fogarty followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 Rams. 

The Falcons got a run back in the next inning with an RBI single to make it 3-2.

Lippert pushed the Rams’ lead back to two runs in the fourth inning with an RBI single, making it 4-2.

In the top of the seventh, Brennan Cudduahy plated a run with an RBI single to right field to bring the score to 4-3, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning. 

The Rams shut the Falcons down for the rest of the game to earn the 4-3 victory. 

Curtis led the Rams’ offense on the day with two hits and two RBIs. Lippert also contributed two hits and had an RBI. 

Al Wallach started on the mound for the Rams and earned the win. He pitched 5.2 innings, giving up one earned run, and striking out six batters. 

Kevin Scerra pitched the ninth inning and earned the save for Framingham. 

With the win, the Rams move to 19-15 on the season and 11-7 in the MASCAC.