FITCHBURG, Mass. --- Fitchburg State University rode a strong pitching performance from senior right-hander Tyler Smith to win game one, 8-2, before dropping the nightcap of the doubleheader, 14-12, earning a Massachusetts State Athletic Collegiate Conference (MASCAC) baseball split with visiting MCLA on Friday afternoon at Riccards Field.
Tyler Smith was stellar on the mound, allowing two earned runs, scattering six hits with a strikeout and a pair of walks over seven complete innings to even his 2017 record at 4-4. His opponent on the hill, Liam Nola, allowed ten hits and eight earned runs while striking out six in the loss.
Fitchburg State opened the scoring in the bottom of the second as sophomore Noah Milliard got on base with a double down the right field line before being moving to third on a wild pitch and crossing the plate on a balk called against the MCLA hurler.
MCLA would cut the deficit in half (4-2) in the top half of the fourth inning receiving an RBI hit from Logan Rumbolt and a ground out RBI off the bat of Christian Seariac.
Sean Maki led the Falcons offense in game two going 3-for-5 with a home run, double and single, three RBI and two runs scored in a shortened six inning 14-12 loss, called early due to darkness.
With runners on first and second, Maki opened his three-hit game with a double to center field scoring Littman and Mooney. With two outs Milliard delivered a double to center field scoring Maki and crossed the plate himself when the next batter Lefebvre rifled a single to left field. Lefebvre, playing heads-up baseball, stole third on a walk to Mazzeo and scored on a high throw from the MCLA catcher. Littman rounded out the scoring with his second single of the inning, delivering Mazzeo home.
The visitors upped the ante in the next inning as Myles Candelet drove in a pair with a single to right field in the fourth. Next MCLA scored on a fielder's choice and Schamel Fordbes poked a RBI single to center field to give the visitors a 10-9 lead.
MCLA quickly responded in the top of the fifth inning. With two-outs Candelet again poked a 2-
RBI single and scored on Antonio Archina's double. Archina crossed home when Andre Casteel singled to left field to give the Trailblazers a 14-10 lead.
In the fifth, Fitchburg State scored in its fifth straight inning as St. John reached base safely on a throwing error from the MCLA third baseman, scoring Mooney who had reached base via the hit-by-pitch. Next Cuddahy scored on Milliard's double to center field to cut the advantage to 14-12.
MCLA's Bobby New earned his third win of the season with 2.2 innings pitched, scattering four runs on five hits with a pair of walks. Sophomore Andrew Dunn took the loss for the Falcons giving up four runs on three hits and two walks