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Fitchburg State Rallies Past Nichols, 7-4

Fitchburg State Rallies Past Nichols, 7-4

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 extended their advantage to 4-0 as rookie Joseph Nicolace (Cranston, R.I.) laced an RBI single to center field in the beginning of the fifth, but in the home half of the stanza, Fitchburg State pulled within a run courtesy of a two-out, three-run blast by Silberman. Heroux evened the game in the sixth with a run-producing double to left center. 

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.

Fitchburg State jumped ahead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh beginning with a Balboni single up the middle to bring in the go-ahead run. Mason then helped manufacture a run as he was credited with an RBI on a grounder to second base. Sophomore Pierce Hans (Washington Township, N.J.) added an insurance tally in the eighth with a run-producing ground out to short.
Fitchburg State (9-5-1, 1-1 MASCAC) will be back in action tomorrow as it travels to Eastern Nazarene at 3:30 p.m.