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Baseball Remains Perfect In GNAC, Reaches 20 Win Mark For 11th Straight Season With Sweep Of Albertus Magnus

Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Parsons Field, Boston, Mass.

     123 456 7  R H E
Suffolk (20-7, 11-0 Great Northeast)  000 100 5 - 6 6 2
Albertus Magnus (8-18, 4-5 GNAC)  000 031 0 - 4 9 1
SUF: Reid Jackson, Steve Durant (7) and Bobby Barrett
AMC: Charles Chancio, Luis Rosario (7), Craig Emmons (7) and Matt Rondinone
WP: Jackson (3-1) LP: Rosario (2-2) Save: Durant (1)
Home Run: SUF – Bobby Barrett (3)

     123 456 7  R H E
Suffolk (21-7, 12-0 Great Northeast)  301 003 0 - 7 11 4
Albertus Magnus (8-19, 4-6 GNAC)  000 202 1 - 5 6 1
SUF: Steve Healey, Mike Carbone (6) and Bobby Barrett
AMC: Jeff King, Adam Platner (6) and Robert Boscarino
WP: Healey (2-0) LP: King (2-2)
Home Runs: SUF – Rory Gentile 2 (4)

BOSTON, Mass.--  Sophomore Bobby Barrett (Milton, Mass.) rapped out four hits, including a game-winning two-run homer in the opener, and drove in four runs as Suffolk swept a Great Northeast Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader from Albertus Magnus by scores of 6-4 in the opening contest and 7-5 in the nightcap in games played Tuesday afternoon at Northeastern University’s Parsons Field.

The host Rams (21-7, 12-0 Great Northeast), who have won nine of their last 10 and clinched their 11th straight 20-win campaign under 13th-year Head Coach Cary McConnell, pulled out a dramatic comeback in the opener, as the visiting Falcons (8-19, 4-6 Great Northeast) held a 4-1 edge heading into the seventh.  An RBI double by junior Keith Carter (Newburyport, Mass.) that was followed by a run-scoring groundout off the bat of senior Nick Martinho (Middleton, Mass.), enabled Suffolk to close to within one at 4-3 with two outs, and an error allowed Carter to score the tying run and keep the inning alive for Barrett, who belted his third round-tripper of the spring that gave the hosts the lead for good.  Senior Steve Durant (Malden, Mass.) pitched around an error in the bottom of the seventh for his first save in support of junior Reid Jackson (Burlington, Mass.), who scattered nine hits and fanned seven to record his third victory in four decisions on the spring.  Sophomore Jose Alejandro (Lowell, Mass.) added a pair of hits in the opener as well for the Rams, who collected six hits in the first contest.  Senior J.R. Bagley (Middletown, Conn.) had two hits and drove in a pair of runs in the opening setback for Albertus Magnus, which also received two hits from senior Steve Carosella (Waterbury, Conn.).  Senior Luis Rosario (New Haven, Conn.) took the loss in the first game for the Falcons in relief of freshman Charles Chancio (Oxford, Conn.), who had allowed three hits and struck out nine over the first six innings for the visitors.

Suffolk raced out to a 3-0 first inning lead in the nightcap on a lead-off home run from sophomore Rory Gentile (Gloucester, Mass.) and a two-run double by Barrett, who added an RBI single in the third to extend the Rams’ lead to 4-0.  Albertus Magnus got a pair of runs back in the fourth on an error and a Bagley RBI double, but the hosts tallied three more times in the sixth on a steal of home by sophomore Mike Kenneally (Georgetown, Mass.), a throwing error and Gentile’s second homer of the contest (and fourth of the season).  The Falcons took advantage of an error and a run-scoring double by junior Chris Noske (South Windsor, Conn.) to close back to within 7-4 in the bottom of the frame, and a throwing error in the seventh enabled the visitors to creep back to within two and send the potential game-winning run to the plate in the form of Bagley, who flied out to end the contest.  Freshman Steve Healey (Norwood, Mass.) allowed three hits and one earned run over five innings to pick up his second win on the mound for Suffolk, while senior Jeff King (New Haven, Conn.) allowed eight hits and struck out 10 over 5 2/3 innings of work in suffering the setback on the mound for Albertus Magnus.

Suffolk travels to Worcester, Mass. on Thursday afternoon to take on Assumption in a non-league outing that will be played at Assumption’s Rocheleau Field beginning at 3:30 p.m., while Albertus Magnus travels to Waterbury, Conn. on Wednesday afternoon for a non-league doubleheader with Western Connecticut that begins at 3:00 p.m.