NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – The Curry College baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Fitchburg State at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass. on Saturday afternoon. With the split, the Colonels start the year 1-1 while the Falcons sit at 2-1 overall.
Game One: Curry 5, Fitchburg St. 4 (F/9)
Curry notched its first victory of the year in exciting fashion as it took a pair of extra innings to grab the decision.
After entering the third with a 1-0 advantage, the Colonels doubled their lead on an RBI single from Jack Kallinich (Madison, Conn.). Fitchburg St. would cut the lead in half in the fifth and continued to do damage a couple innings later when a bunt single from Nicholas Cordeau (Melrose, Mass.) followed by a sac fly to right off the bat of Timothy Horton (Northampton, Mass.) gave the Falcons their first lead of the afternoon at 3-2, sitting just three outs away from a game one victory as they entered the bottom half of the seventh.
The Colonels clawed back quickly, however, as a long pinch hit double by Mitchell Carvalho (Cranston, R.I.) put the tying run in scoring position. After an error allowed the tying run to score and put another man at second, it was Curry's chance to end the contest. However, after the runner was caught stealing, Fitchburg St. managed to escape the inning and head to extras.
After a scoreless eighth, Fitchburg St. used some small ball to bring in a run to retake the lead on a single by Brendan Ferrell (Plymouth, Mass.). Once again sitting three outs from defeat, the Colonels rallied for a pair of runs to take the tilt, capped by a loud bases loaded sac fly to right by Tyler Jenkins (East Bridgewater, Mass.) to capitalize on a pair of Falcon errors in the frame.
Six Colonels picked up a single hit while Jared Keller (Oxford, Conn.) picked up his first win of the year. Cordeau and Ferrell each poured in three hits of their own, helping Fitchburg St. outhit Curry 9-6 in the loss. Adam Somers (Framingham, Mass.) racked up six strikeouts in four innings of relief while the loss falls to Shaun Gamelin (West Kingstown, R.I.) after the sophomore surrendered the tying and winning runs.
Game Two: Fitchburg St. 10, Curry 4
Fitchburg St. was able to respond and return the favor in game two despite the falling temperature.
The Colonels once again led early on, posting three in the second as they eyed a sweep on the day. The Falcons had other thoughts, however, as a run in the fourth and four in the fifth drove them ahead 5-3. Curry struggled to get out of their own way over the course of the rally, as a pair of the runs came in unearned while another was forced in on a hit by pitch.
Fitchburg St. wasn't done there, though. After Jason Leonard (Dedham, Mass.) launched the only homer of the day in the bottom of the fifth to bring Curry back to within one at 5-4, the Falcons pushed another four runs across in the following half inning to break the game open at 9-4, thanks largely in part to a three-run double to deep center from Ferrell.
Curry would fail to put a runner on base over their final six outs and a Joshua Macomber (Berkley, Mass.) single, which brought in Horton, would stand as the final RBI of the day, as the Falcons walked away with a 10-4 victory.
Macomber picked up three hits to lead all batters while Ferrell notched four RBI in a 1-3 performance. Lucas Amico (Leominster, Mass.) earned the win with three strikeouts in five innings of relief, while James Mello (Fall River, Mass.) also picked up a trio of K's. Adam Duarte (East Providence, R.I.) falls to 0-1 on the mound after giving up four.
Curry will enjoy an off week before taking on Dickinson in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla. This kicks off an eight game slate in Florida from March 9 to March 14 over the Colonels' Spring Break. The Falcons return to the diamond on Tuesday, March 5, travelling to Newbury College for a 3:00 p.m. start.