Reflecting on Terrific Year for FSU Reflecting on Terrific Year for Falcons
The most recent memory anyone may have of the Fitchburg State University baseball team is a 5-2 loss to Westfield State in the MASCAC championship game.
It’s fair. The defeat only happened on Sunday. It’s still fresh in the minds of anyone who followed the team or is associated with it.
But stepping back and taking a longer view reveals that in years to come, this edition of the Falcons should be viewed as not only one of the best in recent memory, but in program history.
Just look at some of the statistics; the numbers don’t lie. The team’s 26 wins are the most since 1978, which we’ll call the modern era, since it’s when FSU’s records began being comprehensively kept.
The Falcons’ success this season is the high point of Kevin Barnaby’s career at the helm, a four-year build that has seen FSU flirt with the .500 mark, but ultimately fall short in each of the first three seasons with the Leominster native as manager. Barnaby and the Falcons broke through this season and there’s no reason to think more wins won’t follow in subsequent seasons.
There were plenty of performances that landed individual Falcons atop categories in the FSU record book. Look no further than sophomore outfielder Nicholas Cordeau, who followed his sensational freshman campaign by setting program records in at-bats (155) and total bases (99), while tying the FSU marks in home runs (eight) and hits in a season (59).
Were it not for Cordeau, junior Joshua Macomber would have set the record for at-bats in a season, finishing four behind his teammate.
The records weren’t limited to hitting, either. Senior Tommy Parsons tied the single-game record for strikeouts with 13 and finished his career with a 13-10 record, tied with Nick Barnes for the most wins by any individual pitcher.
And sophomore Shaun Gamelin saw action in 19 games, tying the single-season mark for appearances. His seven saves not only set a single-season record, but put Gamelin atop the career saves list.
A rough ending to the year? Sure. But it was also a historic season with many contributions from players who should be playing at Riccards Field for years to come.
Success should become second nature for these Falcons.
Softball also impresses Kudos are also in order for the FSU softball team, which notched the most regular-season wins in program history (24) and tied the Fitchburg State record for total victories (26).
Junior McKenzie Lambert etched her name in Falcons lore by setting the new standard in total bases (90) and tying the program mark for hits in a season (51).
Nicholas Mallard in on Twitter @n_mallard.