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Rams Lose Two to WPI In ECAC NE Series

Suffolk lost two games in the Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Championship Series to Worcester Polytechnic Institute to end its season. WPI won the series opener, 2-1 and then scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in game 2 to take a 6-5 win and the ECAC New England title for 2007.

The Rams finish the year with a 23-17 overall record, 11-3 in the GNAC.

Suffolk junior Steve Durant (Malden, MA) pitched 7.1 innings in the first game, giving up just six hits and two runs with one walk and one strikeout. However, WPI pitcher Conor Fahey went the distance for the win, giving up just five hits and one run with four walks and six Suffolk strikeouts.

The Rams scored their run in the first inning when Kevin Silva (Hull, MA) singled and scored on Marc Exarhopoulos' (Hudson, MA) RBI single. WPI scored its first run in the seventh inning and then went ahead in the eighth inning.

In the second game, sophomore Reid Jackson (Burlington, MA) pitched six innings, giving up 10 hits and three runs. Sophomore Dan Delia (Boston, MA) pitched two innings, giving up two hits and three runs. Tom Kelly (Milton, MA) came in with no outs and two runners on and after a ground out, gave up two straight hits as WPI took the victory, 6-5.

Suffolk scored two runs in the first inning of game 2. Kelly had an RBI single, scoring Silva, who reached on a single. Greg DiMarco (Newton, MA) singled and scored on a hit from Exarhopoulos.

In the third inning, the Rams added two more runs to take a 4-0 lead. Jeison King (Lowell, MA) doubled and scored on a single from DiMarco and Exarhopoulos hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in DiMarco.  Suffolk added another run in the top of the seventh inning, to go ahead 5-3 when DiMarco hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Chris Barber (Belmont, MA) who singled.

WPI scored another run in the bottom of the seventh to pull to within one, 5-4 and then scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to take the Series.