Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Elliot Field, Fitchburg, Mass.
FINAL: SUFFOLK 17, FITCHBURG STATE 7
FITCHBURG, Mass.-- Senior Nick Martinho (Middleton, Mass.) belted a grand slam, while sophomores Bobby Barrett (Milton, Mass.) and Tim Corcoran (Beverly, Mass.) combined to drive in six runs as Suffolk posted a 17-7 non-league college baseball victory over Fitchburg State Tuesday afternoon at Elliot Field.
Sophomore Rory Gentile (Gloucester, Mass.) led off the game with his second home run of the spring to spark a five-run outburst in the opening frame for the visiting Rams (13-6), as Barrett added a two-run double in the inning as well. A three-run double off the bat of freshman Ricky Graham (Walpole, Mass.) in the bottom of the first enabled the host Falcons (6-11) to close back to within 5-3, but Suffolk plated 11 unanswered tallies over the next four innings, as Corcoran drove in a pair of runs and Barrett added an RBI groundout as part of a four-run fourth inning for the visitors. Martinho’s grand slam (his sixth round-tripper of the spring) highlighted a six-run fifth frame that extended the Rams’ advantage to 16-3, and Fitchburg State plated four runs in the middle innings, including three in the sixth on a walk and a fielder’s choice, as the Rams notched an unearned run in the top of the eighth to account for the final score.
Juniors Keith Carter (Newburyport, Mass.) and Paul Vittozzi (North Reading, Mass.) drove in two runs each in the win for Suffolk, which also received a pair of hits each from Gentile and sophomore Mike Kenneally (Georgetown, Mass.) as part of a 14-hit attack. Freshman Steve Healey (Norwood, Mass.) allowed seven hits and struck out four over five innings of work to earn his second victory on the mound for the Rams, which received a combined four innings of two-hit shutout relief from the trio of senior Mike Carbone (East Meadow, N.Y.), freshman Craig Rubis (Beaumont, Alta.) and junior Reid Jackson (Burlington, Mass.) with a pair of strikeouts.
Graham went 4-for-4 and drove in four runs in the setback for Fitchburg State, which also received three hits from freshman John Phelan (Walpole, Mass.). Sophomore Nick Ryan (Lowell, Mass.) suffered the setback on the mound for the Falcons, allowing five runs in the first inning of work.
Suffolk hosts Emerson in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Adams Field beginning at 4:00 p.m., while Fitchburg State heads to Babson Park, Mass. on Thursday afternoon for a non-league match-up with Babson at 3:30.
123 456 789 R H E
Suffolk (13-6) 510 460 010 - 17 14 1
Fitchburg State (6-11) 300 013 000 - 7 9 4
SUF: Steve Healey, Mike Carbone (6), Craig Rubis (7), Reid Jackson (8) and Bobby Barrett
FSC: Nick Ryan, Jake Barbarotta (1), Corey Donovan (5), Brian Lawlor (6) and Justin Hubbard
WP: Healey (2-0) LP: Ryan (1-2)
Home Runs: SUF – Rory Gentile (2), Nick Martinho (6)