NORTHBOROUGH, Mass – Friday marked the first game of conference play for the MASCAC baseball teams. The Buccaneers drew Fitchburg State in the first three-game conference series of the season which they played at New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass with FSU as the home team.
How It Happened
The game was a pitcher's duel for the first three innings as neither team brought a run across. In the fourth inning, the Bucs scored three times, twice on a Ben Paine (Dartmouth, Mass) single to left field. Fitchburg answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring once to cut the Buc lead to 3-1. The Falcons scored another run in the bottom of the fifth, cutting the deficit to one.
In the top of the seventh, the Buccaneers scored three more times, starting with a Jackson Simone (Seattle, Wash) home run, his second of the season. After six and a half innings, Maritime had a 6-2 lead, their biggest of the game. In the bottom of the frame, Fitchburg scored four runs to tie the game with a two run home run and a two run double.
Tied at six, the Falcons took the lead for the first time and for good in the bottom of the eighth scoring three runs to take a 9-7 lead.
Marley Dembitzki (North Dartmouth, Mass) hit a homer in the top of the ninth, his first of the season, in an attempted comeback but it wouldn't be enough as the Falcons closed out the 9-7 victory in the MASCAC opener.
Inside the Numbers
On The Mound
Mass Maritime: Colin Thoener (Foxborough, Mass): 6.1 IP | 8 H | 5 R | 4 ER | 2 BB | 1 K
Mass Maritime: Wyatt Major (Plymouth, Mass) (L, 0-1): 0.2 IP | 1 H | 2 R | 2 ER | 0 BB | 1 K
Fitchburg State: Richard Sharp: 6.1 IP | 11 H | 5 R | 5 ER | 1 BB | 8 K
Fitchburg State: Evan Meleedy (W, 2-0): 1 IP | 1 H | 0 R | 0 BB | 1 K
Fitchburg State: Shaun Gamelin (Sv, 3): 1 IP | 1 H | 1 R | 1 ER | 0 BB | 2 K
At The Plate
Maritime had 15 hits in the game. Dembitzki and AJ Luciano (Lynn, Mass) each had three hits in the game.
Dembitzki accounted for two of three Buccaneer extra base hits in the game and finished a triple short of the cycle.
Dembitzki also scored three of the team's seven runs.
Jackson Simone has the third extra base hit.
Maritime drew just one walk and struck out 11 times in the game.
Fitchburg hitters racked up 12 hits in the game. Leadoff hitter Nicholas Cordeau went 4-for-4 in the game, scored three times and drove in two runs.
The Falcons worked five walks and struck out just three times in the game
Up Next: The Buccaneers and Falcons meet against tomorrow in Buzzards Bay to play games two and three of their three-game conference series. First pitch is set for 12pm.