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MCLA Baseball Takes Loss, Tie on the Road
09:36PM / Monday, April 09, 2018
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WORCESTER, Mass. -- The MCLA baseball team rallied from a 9-0 seventh-inning deficit to force extra innings against Fitchburg State, however the Falcons scored twice in the eighth inning to claim an 11-0 win first game of Monday’s double-header.
 
In the nightcap, the Falcons rallied from a 5-3 deficit to tie the game at 5-5 after six frames before the game was called due to darkness.
 
With the results of the bizarre doubleheader, the Falcons are now 6-10-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the MASCAC.  MCLA is now 8-7-1 overall and is 1-2-1 in the conference.
 
The Falcons jumped all over the Trailblazers in the opener as they seemed destined to cruise to a 9-0 win. MCLA did not go quietly, however, after struggling all afternoon against Falcon starter Ryan Towle.  
 
MCLA scored a run on a bases loaded walk from Towle which eventually chased him from the contest with one out, bases loaded and an eight-run lead in the top of the seventh.
 
MCLA's Jeff Bink greeted the first man out of the bullpen with a two-run single to cut it to 9-3, still with one out. Bill Pulasky's single brought home another run and when Brett LaBonte singled, the bases were loaded again and Fitchburg still led 9-4.
 
A pop up seemed to stunt the rally for the second out, but Mount Greylock graduate Nick DiSanti singled home two more runs, bringing the score to 9-6. Another walk loaded the bases, and Ben Durland ripped a base hit scoring another run to make it 9-7. Christian Seariac then delivered a game tying two-run single, bringing the Trailblazers all the way back at 9-9. MCLA had a chance to win it, but the rally ended on a called third strike.
 
MCLA had just two hits entering the inning, but ripped seven hits to get back into it.
 
Fitchburg didn't wait long as Nicholas Cordeau (4-for-6, 6 RBIs) belted a two-run home run off Brody Farnum to put the Falcons back on top, 11-9.
 
Pulasky, LaBonte, and Durland each had two hits to pace the MCLA offense. The Falcons outhit MCLA 13-9 in the contest.
 
In the nightcap, both teams scored a pair of runs in the first inning. LaBonte continued his hot bat with a two-run double to even the score at 2-2. The Falcons surged in front, 3-2, in the third but MCLA responded with two runs in the bottom half to take the lead.
 
MCLA took advantage of a Falcon miscue and then Jake Ferrara singled home Bink to make it 4-3 in favor of MCLA. Ferrara once again was in the middle of the offense driving home his second run in the fifth inning to increase the lead to 5-3 heading to the sixth.
 
Fitchburg scored a pair of runs in the sixth to tie it up before the umpires would call the game on account of darkness.
 
Pittsfield’s Bobby New went the distance in the nightcap allowing just one earned run and striking out five Falcons. LaBonte and Ferrara each had two hits in the inning.
 
MCLA is back in action on Wednesday when it heads to Schenectady, N.Y., to face Union.
 
Softball
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The visiting Fitchburg State softball team received a pair of solid pitching performances from Emma Campbell and Mikayla Harnois as they led the Falcons to a convincing sweep of the Trailblazers.
 
Harnois earned the win out of the bullpen in a Game 1, 10-1 victory while Campbell went the distance in a 6-1 nightcap. The Falcons evened their overall mark at 9-9 and remain perfect at 4-0 in the MASCAC.
 
MCLA dropped to 2-12 overall and 0-4 in the league.
 
Fitchburg started fast in the opener jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead.  The Trailblazers got their lone run in the bottom of the second on Ashley Wilson's pinch hit single slicing the lead to just 3-1.
 
The score would remain that way until the fifth inning when the Falcons tallied four runs.  
 
Campbell was the story in Game 2 as she silenced the Trailblazer offense, holding it to just eight hits and striking out four MCLA batters. She improved to 3-3 on the season.
 
The Trailblazers claimed their lone run on Kaylyn Holliday's single to center field in the fifth inning, scoring Katelyn Berghela.
 
MCLA goes to Lyndon State on Wednesday.
 
Women’s Lacrosse
FITCHBURG, Mass. -- Fitchburg State ran out to a 10-0 halftime advantage and never looked back as it defeated MCLA Trailblazers, 16-2, on Monday.
 
Five different Falcons tallied at least two goals led by Carrie Long's three markers. Anna Gagnon-Burch, Nicole Lee, Rebecca Fisher, and Alyssa Flynn each had two goals for Fitchburg State (6-3, 1-1).
 
Kim Granito finally got the Trailblazers (1-3, 0-2) on the board in the second half. Mackenzie Cutler tallied the Trailblazers other goal of the contest.
 
Zoe Elwell stopped 16 shots in goal for MCLA as she fell to 1-3 on the season.  Fitchburg's Marguerite Belcher improved to 6-3 as she stopped a pair of shots.
 
MCLA is back in action on Thursday night as it hosts Southern Vermont at 6 p.m.
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