Falcons Split Pair
The Fitchburg State University softball defeated Norwich University, 3-0, in the first game of the second day at the Fast Dreams Classic in Myrtle Beach on Monday before dropping a 4-0 decision to Franciscan University in their second contest of the day.
Fitchburg State 3, Norwich 0
Fitchburg State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second as senior Hayley McCarthy siingled to center to bring home classmate Michelle LeBlanc.
The Falcons doubled their margin in the following frame when junior McKenzie Lambert laced a single to left that plated senior Melissa DiPhilippo before Fitchburg State capped the scoring in the bottom half of the third with DiPhilippo notching an RBI single down the left field line to score pinch runner Morgan Cormier.
Mikayla Harnois earned the win, pitching a complete-game, five-hit shutout, tying her career best with six Ks.
Franciscan 4, Fitchburg State 0
In game two, Franciscan grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the second inning, before doubling their advantage in the top of the fourth following a home run.
Fitchburg State threatened in its half of the fourth, loading the bases as freshman Lundyn Forcier singled, moved to second on hit by pitch from classmate Audrey Johnson and fielding error that allowed newcomer Courtney Luker to reach, but the Barons got out the jam by inducing an inning-ending ground out to preserve the 2-0 margin.
The Barons would secure the victory in the fifth, plating two insurance runs, resulting in the 4-0 final.
Taylor Colvin took the loss, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and two Ks in 4.1 innings of work.
The Falcons (2-2) return to action today as they take on La Roche and Clarks Summit at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively.
Baseball team falls
The Fitchburg State University baseball team fell to Dickinson College, 12-7 on day three of its spring trip at the RussMatt Central Florida Baseball Invitational on Monday.
Trailing 9-0 heading into the top of the fifth, the Falcon put up a three spot. Junior Alexander Bissant and sophomore Brett Spano opened the inning with back-to-back walks. Pinch hitter Vincent Eramo belted a single to center scoring both Bissanti and Spano. Eramo scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 9-3.
In the sixth inning the Green and Gold added two more runs. With the bases loaded sophomore Nicholas Cordeau drove in run with a fielders choice and teammate Timothy Horton RBI single to right pulled the Falcons to within four.
Horton and Eramo added RBI singles in the eighth and ninth inning, respectively, for the Falcons, but FSU could pull no closer.
The Falcons (5-2) return to action on Thursday, facing Cornell College at 4:30 p.m.
Lacrosse loses in rout
The Fitchburg State women’s lacrosse team was bested by Carroll University, 15-5, in Englewood, Florida, on Monday.
The Falcons (1-1) fell behind 7-0 at halftime and 9-0 early in the second half before getting on the board.
Jessica Hall led the FSU offense, potting a goal and adding an assist. Sarah Mallahan, Julia Miele, Jillian Whalen and Tracy Long also scored and Riley Hess notched an assist.
Marguerite Belcher made five saves in net before giving way late to Brianna Smith, who stopped four shots.