Springfield, Mass. - April 13, 2009 - The Springfield College baseball team scored the final 10 runs of the game as it rallied from an early deficit to defeat visiting Fitchburg State, 11-3, on Monday afternoon at Berry-Allen Field in non-conference action.
With the win, its second straight, Springfield improves to 7-18 on the year while the Falcons drop to 13-10.
After falling behind 3-1 heading into the bottom of the third, Springfield rattled off 10 unanswered runs as it connected on 14 hits for the day. Luke Gabordi led the Springfield charge with four hits as he finished with four RBI in the contest. Joe Kropa continued to swing the bat well as he tallied three hits and scored three runs on the day for SC.
The Falcons wasted no time getting on the board in the first as they recorded two runs off three hits in the opening frame. Aaron Granahan led off with a single to center, stole second, and reached third after a single from teammate Andy Sauer. Sauer moved into scoring position after a Springfield passed ball and the duo came around to score on a two-RBI single to right by Kris Breen. Springfield starter Mike Cole got out of a bases loaded jam as he induced an inning ending double play on a comebacker to Cole by John Davison.
Springfield scored a run of its own in the bottom of the first. After Kropa laced a double right center to lead off the inning for the Pride, he later came around to score on a two-out RBI single down the left field line by Jamie Mackie.
The Falcons added another run in the third despite not registering a hit in the frame. Fitchburg State used a pair of walks and a pair of wild pitches to get Sauer across the plate to extend its lead to 3-1.
The Pride made the most of a two-out error by Fitchburg in the bottom of the third. With Travis Turgeon on second, Drew Michael hit a hard grounder that the Falcons shortstop was unable to handle. Turgeon came around from second to score another run for Springfield as it cut the visitors lead to one.
A two-RBI single from Gabordi to left center gave Springfield its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. With both Ben Stephenson and Kropa in scoring position after a pair of singles, the senior third baseman looped a single to plate a pair of runs and give SC a 4-3 advantage.
Springfield gave itself a two run cushion as Stephenson singled home Ryan Tatreau in the fifth inning. SC continued its offensive outburst as it tacked on added two more in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Michael provided the highlights as his base hit to left plated a pair as the Pride owned a 7-3 lead. A four-run seventh finished off the game for Springfield as it scored four runs on three hits. The big hit in the inning came when Gabordi cracked a two RBI single with the bases loaded.
Cole earned the win as the went 4.2 innings, giving up three earned runs while striking out three and allowing four hits. Steve Donah shouldered the loss for the visitors as he gave up five runs, four earned, off nine hits.
The Pride return to league action on Tuesday afternoon when it travels to take on MIT at 3:30 pm in NEWMAC action.
Springfield College Head Coach Mark Simeone and former player and current Fitchburg Head Coach, Todd Lynch