The Fitchburg State baseball team ran its record to 4-0 on the young season, defeating Carthage College, 10-6, in day three action of the 2023 RussMatt Invitational at the Lake Myrtle Main Field on Sunday morning.
Fitchburg State opened the scoring in the top of the first in the first-ever meeting between the programs as senior Vincent Eramo drove in sophomore Cole DuHaime with a double to left field. The Falcons pushed across four runs in the following frame with sophomores Matthew Smith and Cameron May scoring on a wild pitch and an error, respectively, while Eramo added a two-run single to left center to make the score 5-0.
Carthage battled back to take a 6-5 edge in the bottom half of the fifth when freshman Drew Knecht and classmate Ethan Englfried collected RBI singles.
But the Falcons forged ahead though in the top of the seventh with senior Zachary Malek delivering a sacrifice fly to center before newcomer Adam Koza laced a two-run double to right center and sophomore Devin Lorae notched an RBI single for the 9-6 lead.
The Green and Gold capped the scoring in the top of the ninth when Eramo walked, pinch runner Derek Milliken advanced to second on miscue, stole third and crossed the plate on a failed pick-off attempt.
Eramo paced the Falcons, going 4-for-4 with a double, triple, three RBI and one run scored.
Sophomore Joseph Hartnett picked up his first collegiate win for Fitchburg State, giving up just two hits with three Ks in four innings of relief.
The Falcons return to action Monday as they take on UMass Dartmouth in day four action of the 2023 RussMatt Invitational at 2 p.m.
Wolves win thriller
It was the kind of dramatic finish that mirrors a Hollywood script.
After squandering a 2-0 lead in a Division 32 round of 32 contest against No. 6 Marlboro Saturday night, Joseph Quinn potted the game-winning goal for No. 11 Nashoba Regional in double overtime, lifting the Wolves to a thriller 3-2 victory.
Tiernan Forde and Ryan Balewicz scored in the opening frame to put the Wolves ahead and Ryan May had a helper on each of Nashoba’s three goals. Dillan Lowe had two assists in the win, while Michael DiTullio added one.
Nashoba advances to face No. 3 Medfield — 2-1 winners over North Middlesex Regional on Saturday — on Wednesday at Pirelli Rink in Franklin in a game scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
Blue Knights impress at New England meet
Members of the Lunenburg High boys indoor track and field team had a strong showing at the New England Indoor Track Championships Saturday.
Zach MacLure finished eighth in the 600 meter with a new school record 1:23.43 and then joined Chris Roy, Connor Martin and Tim Smith in lowering their school record in the 4×400 to 3:28.77, good for sixth place.