BOSTON – The Suffolk baseball team is back in action this weekend as it entertains Anna Maria in a GNAC doubleheader at East Boston Memorial Park Saturday, April 15. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Suffolk baseball team wrapped up a GNAC doubleheader sweep with a 4-3 victory over Albertus Magnus under the lights at East Boston Memorial Park Thursday night.
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Suffolk has picked up the pace in April, winning nine of its last 10, including all six of its GNAC contests, to head into the weekend 13-7 overall and 6-0 against conference competition.
The Rams' offense is in top tier of the league with the third best on-base percentage (.394) and slugging percentage (.404) and fourth highest batting average (.288).
Brady Chant is the one of the main ingredient to Suffolk's success. The junior centerfielder ranks one-two on the team and ranks among the conference best in nearly every category. His 31 hits are second, 18 RBI land sixth and 19 runs coming in seventh. His 13 extra-base hits sit atop the standings with his six triples also leading the way. Chant hits .352, slugging .591 and boasts an on-base percentage of .398. Seth Coiley is the most consistent bat with the sixth-best batting average in the league and a league-leading on-base percentage of .522. The junior left fielder has 10 RBI on 21 hits and 11 runs scored. Luke Ronchi (.333/.409/.423; 26 H, 16 RBI, 17R), Kevin Belskie (.329/.442/.443; 23 H, 15 RBI, 12R) and Matt Brenner (.265/.432/.382; 18 H, 12 RBI, 17R) add spark to Suffolk's offense.
On the hill, the Rams' staff holds the third highest ERA at 4.16 holding their opponents to the lowest average a .268. Mark Fusco leads the way on the team and conference with an ERA of .078. In 23.0 innings pitched he is 3-2 on the season and unbeaten in his pair of starts, fanning 14 hitters. Ryan Pordes has seen the most experience on the bump this year. The junior holds a 3.44 ERA, good for eighth in the league, with the eighth most strikeouts (23) in the second-most innings of work (34). Chuck Gibson is second on the squad and fourth in the conference with a 2.03 ERA. The senior is undefeated (3-0) this season in 26.2 frames with 18 Ks. Tim Conroy rounds out the Rams starts and also lands in the conference's top numbers with the ninth best ERA of 3.48 in 20.2 innings of action.
A BIT BOUT THE AMCATS
Anna Maria has played 10 more games than Suffolk and has fallen in its last 13 outings to sit at 7-23 on the year and winless (0-6) in GNAC play.
Despite their ledger, the AMCATS are aggressive on the bases, snipping the most in the league with 65 stolen bases. At the dish, Matthew Leahy is the lone player to hit higher than .300, coming in at .311 with an on-base percentage of .371 and a slugging percentage of .456. The senior leads the way RBI (21) and hits (32) to along with 11 runs. Matt Elliot has racked up the most runs for Anna Maria, scoring 16.
Leahy is also a top performer for the AMCATS on the mound. He has worked the most frames, 37.2, and holds an ERA of 5.97. Tanner Jakola is the starter with the lowest ERA, coming into the weekend with a 5.34 ERA.
GNAC CORVIAS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brady Chant of the Sufoflk baseball team has been named GNAC Corvias Player of the Week after his game-winning, two RBI triple at Salem State, the league office announced April 3.
MORE READING: Chant Collects GNAC Corvias Player of the Week
GNAC CORVIAS PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Ryan Pordes of the then-No. 24 Suffolk baseball team was selected as the GNAC Corvias Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced March 20.
MORE READING: Pordes Picks Up GNAC Corvias Pitcher of the Week
Suffolk takes a day of rest before traveling to Rhode Island for a Marathon Monday matchup, before hosting Western New England the following day at East Boston Memorial Park. Both contests are scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.