Sharp pitches complete game shutout
Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University baseball team swept the Bears of Bridgewater State (6-5 – 8 innings, 3-0) in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Riccards Field.
Game 1 Score: Fitchburg State 6, Bridgewater State 5, Final - 8 innings
Game 2 Score: Fitchburg State 3 Bridgewater State 0
Records: Fitchburg State (8-12-2, 3-3-1 MASCAC) | Bridgewater State (4-15, 0-6 MASCAC)
How It Happened
Senior Andrew Currie (Quincy, Mass.) sliced a hit down the right field line with two outs scoring Drew Mazzeo (Leicester, Mass.) from third base and propel the Falcons past the Bears 6-5 in eight innings.
Bridgewater took a 4-0 lead, scoring two runs in the first inning on a 2-RBI single to left field off the bat of Alex Carey (East Bridgewater, Mass.). Sophomore Sean Casey (Braintree, Mass) and classmate Lewis Robinson (New Britain, Conn.) each added RBI singles to give the Bears the advantage through the top of the third inning.
After Bridgewater added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning, the hosts battled back to tie the game at 5-5. With runners on first and second, Currie singled to right field scoring Mazzeo. Two batters later, and with two outs Brennan Cuddahy (Leominster, Mass.) deposited a 2-RBI base hit to center field to make it 5-4. Sophomore Timothy Horton (Northampton, Mass.) scored the game-tying run on a defensive miscue from Bridgewater, to set up the Curry heroics in the eighth inning.
Junior Andrew Dunn (Danvers, Mass.) picked up his second win of the season in relief. He threw 1.1 innings allowing just one hit with a strikeout for the victory. Junior Shawn Smeglin (Wakefield, Mass.) took the loss for the Bears allowing one earned run on three hits over an inning of relief.
In the second game of the twinbilll, the Falcons quickly built a 3-0 lead. Freshman Nicholas Cordeau (Melrose, Mass.) opened the first frame with a hard single up the middle and scored two batters later on Sean Maki's (Fitchburg, Mass.) fielder's choice.
The hosts added two in the second inning, manufacturing a pair off a bases loaded walk to Cordeau and a sacrifice fly from Curry. That would be all the run support pitcher Richard Sharp (Townsend, Mass.) would need en-route to the 3-0 final. Sharp scattered three hits and three strikeouts over seven innings for the complete game shutout and his first win of the season.
Inside the Numbers
Carey led the Bears going 3-for-7 with 2 RBI's and a run scored.
Currie paced the Falcons with three hits, 3 RBI and a run scored, while Cuddahy added a hit and 2 RBI's
Weather permitting the Falcons will travel to Westfield State to take on the Owls on Monday afternoon in MASCAC action, while Bridgewater State will travel to take on the Trailblazers of MCLA on the same day.