Thursday, April 17, 2008
Rocheleau Field, Worcester, Mass.
FINAL: WORCESTER STATE 14, SUFFOLK 10
WORCESTER, Mass.-- Junior Matt Hart (Easton, Mass.) capped a four-run seventh inning outburst by driving in the go-ahead run as Worcester State overcame a three-run deficit in the late innings to post a 14-10 non-league college baseball victory over Suffolk Thursday afternoon at Assumption’s Rocheleau Field.
Senior Chris Gusha (Rutland, Mass.) rapped out three hits and drove in three runs in the triumph for the host Lancers (12-14), who also received a pair of hits and four RBI off the bat of senior Mike Moffett (Lowell, Mass.). Gusha’s two-run single in the third enabled Worcester State to take a 2-1 lead after a run-scoring groundout by junior Chris Barber (Falmouth, Mass.) had given the visiting Rams (21-8) an early 1-0 second inning advantage, and the two teams traded fourth inning tallies before Suffolk took a 5-4 edge in the fifth on an error and an RBI single by freshman Nick Travelyn (Bedford, N.H.). The Lancers grabbed an 8-5 lead in the bottom of the frame on a Gusha RBI single and Moffett’s two-run double, but the Rams answered back with three in the sixth and three more in the seventh on senior Nick Martinho’s (Middleton, Mass.) three-run homer, his seventh round-tripper of the spring. Hart’s heroics capped the seventh inning rally that enabled the hosts to take the lead, and Worcester State added three insurance tallies in the eighth to account for the final score.
Hart, seniors Ryan Hawley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Chris Logan (Spencer, Mass.) as well as freshman Corey Abbascia (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each collected two hits as part of a 16-hit attack for the Lancers, as sophomore Will Thompson (Holden, Mass.) picked up the win despite allowing three unearned runs in relief for the hosts. Sophomore Bobby Barrett (Milton, Mass.) and freshman Dan Cohen (Shaker Heights, Ohio) each had three hits in the setback for Suffolk, which also received two hits each off the bats of Martinho, Travelyn and juniors Keith Carter (Newburyport, Mass.) and Anthony Iacopucci (Medford, Mass.). Junior Cody Moskovitz (Toronto, Ont.) allowed three earned runs and fanned three in two innings of relief in suffering the setback on the mound for the Rams.
Suffolk hosts Johnson & Wales in a showdown for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference regular season championship on Saturday afternoon at Adams Field in a twinbill that begins at 1:00 p.m., as the Rams (12-0) own a one-game lead over the Wildcats (11-1) in the standings and need one win to clinch the crown. Worcester State heads to Salem, Mass. on Saturday afternoon for a MASCAC doubleheader with Salem State that begins at Noon.
123 456 789 R H E
Suffolk (21-8) 010 123 300 - 10 17 3
Worcester State (12-14) 002 140 43x - 14 16 3
SUF: Craig Rubis, Mike Carbone (4), Cody Moskovitz (7) and Bobby Barrett
WSC: Tom Brown, John Flaherty (2), Josh Buzzell (3), Tony Brunetta (6),
Will Thompson (6), Nick Fluegge (8), Joey Lucier (9) and Chris Logan
WP: Thompson (1-0) LP: Moskovitz (0-1)
Home Run: SUF – Nick Martinho (7)