Silberman finishes 3-for-5 to spark Falcons non-conference victory
FITCHBURG, Mass. (April 3, 2013) – The Fitchburg State baseball team rallied from four runs down this afternoon to post a 7-4 victory over the visiting Bison of Nichols College at McLaughlin Park.
Fitchburg State senior AJ Silberman (Meriden, Conn.) led all hitters, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored, while junior Joseph Balboni (Townsend, Mass.) and sophomore Brendan Cutler (Lancaster, Mass.) came off the bench to go a combined 5-for-5 for the Falcons. Junior Alex Heroux (Leominster, Mass.) also had a pair of hits for the hosts as he also recorded one RBI and a run scored.
On the hill, senior Zachary Bombria (Bolton, Conn.) picked up the win with two scoreless innings that featured four strikeouts while classmate Pat Mercier (Lancaster, Mass.) earned his first save of the year. Sophomore Max Tejeda (Acton, Mass.) was also solid in four innings of relief for the Falcons, yielding just one run and one hit.
For the Bison, senior John Micciche (Holbrook, Mass.) finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored while first-year Brady Boisvert (Plainfield, N.H.) batted 2-for-5 and crossed home plate once. Junior Nick Croteau (Fitchburg, Mass.) shouldered the loss as he allowed two runs on four hits and struck out a pair in the seventh.
After a pair of scoreless innings by both sides, Nichols broke through in the top of the third. Micciche dented the scoreboard when he delivered two runs on a seeing eye-single through the left side. Later in the frame, sophomore Brett Franciosi (Leominster, Mass.) reached on an infield miscue that allowed Micciche to scamper home for the game's third run.
The Bison appeared to have momentum in the top of the seventh. With one out and the bases juiced, the Falcons prevented a run from crossing home plate as junior David Mason (Leominster, Mass.) erased the lead runner at home with a laser from right field before the threat ended with a swinging strikeout to leave three runners aboard.