Fitchburg State Moves on to MASCAC Semis
RINDGE, N.H. -- The Fitchburg State University baseball team kept its season alive, tying a program record in the process, with a wild 13-12 win over Bridgewater State in the MASCAC Postseason Tournament at Franklin Pierce University.
It was the 24th win of the season for second-seeded Fitchburg State (24-15, 13-8 MASCAC), tying a school record set back in 2004. The Falcons advance to Saturday’s 11 a.m. semifinal against Framingham State University on the campus of Westfield State. The fifth-seeded Bears conclude their season with an overall record of 17-22 and an 11-10 mark in conference play.
Freshman Vincent Eramo paced the Falcons, going 3 for 5 with a home run, a triple, three runs scored and three RBIs, while teammate Brennan Cuddahy added three doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs. Additionally, relief pitcher Shaun Gamelin set a school record with his sixth save of the season.
Bridgewater State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Jonathan Livolsi singled to left-center to score Liam Bell, before Dominic Precopio followed with an RBI single.
Fitchburg State responded in the bottom half of the frame when Noah Milliard, of Leominster, Cuddahy, of Leominster, Eramo, of Shirley, Timothy Horton and Matthew Pingitore connected on RBI base knocks for the 5-2 advantage.
The Bears knotted the score at 5-5 in the top of the third with Colin Josselyn laced a two-run double down the right-field line. Bridgewater State regained the lead in the top of the fourth on a two-run double by Lewis Robinson, while Precopio added a sacrifice fly to give the Bears a 9-5 lead.
The Falcons answered back in the bottom of the fifth, scoring six runs, highlighted by a two-run single to right off the bat of Nicholas Cordeau, to take an 11-9 advantage. The Falcons build on that lead in the bottom of the sixth when Eramo blasted his third home run of the season to make the score 13-9.
Bridgewater State battled back to cut the lead to 13-12 in the top of the seventh on a two-run single from Ruben Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Robinson. Fitchburg State secured the victory, however, as Gamelin closed out the ninth to earn the save.
Aidan Ward collected the win for Fitchburg State, giving up three runs on three hits with two strikeouts in four innings of relief.