Suffolk's baseball team split a double header with Western New England Saturday to move to 6-2 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference standings. The Rams are 13-7 overall and have just three teams and six games remaining in the GNAC race. Suffolk hosts Norwich on Saturday and then plays at Emerson on Sunday before its final conference doubleheader against Albertus Magnus on April 22.
Coach Cary McConnell's team beat Daniel Webster in both games of a double header last week, 7-2 and 8-1. In game 1, freshman Joe Roberto (Danvers, MA) pitched a complete game for the victory, giving up just three hits with six strikeouts. Senior Marc Exarhopoulos (Hudson, MA) led the team with two hits in three at-bats with one double and two RBI. In game 2, junior Nick Martinho (Middleton, MA) led the team with two hits in four at-bats, both doubles with two RBI. Sophmore Jake Bruce (Amesbury, MA) was the winning pitcher.
The Rams lost the opening game of the WNEC doubleheader, 7-6 in 8 innings. Suffolk came back to beat WNEC in the second game, 9-2. In game 1, Junior Greg DiMarco (Newton, MA) went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Sophomore Chris Barber
(Belmont, MA) had a two-run single in a three-run fourth that gave the Rams a brief 3-2 lead. Suffolk scored three runs in the top of the
seventh to take a 6-5 lead on a two-run triple by DiMarco and sacrifice fly by freshman Tom Kelly (Milton, MA).
In game 2, the Rams collected 14 hits with Kelly going 2-for-3 with three runs and a RBI. DiMarco went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs. Sophomore Reid Jackson (Burlington, MA) pitched six innings with five strikeouts and two walks for the win.
The Rams host UMass Boston in a non-conference game Monday and then play at Curry on Wednesday before playing Norwich and Emerson in GNAC games over the weekend.