BEVERLY, Mass. – The Suffolk baseball team was swept in a non-conference doubleheader at Endicott as the Gulls took down the Rams, 10-3, in the opener and 6-3 in the nightcap to sweep the non-conference series at North Field.
GAME 1 SCORE: Suffolk 3, Endicott 10
GAME 2 SCORE: Suffolk 3, Endicott 6
RECORDS: Suffolk (21-13) | Endicott (22-15)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Gulls put runs away early and often to take a 4-0 lead that blossomed to an 6-0 edge after three complete frames. From there, Suffolk's offense couldn't find its way on the board and Endicott ran four around the bags to stretch their lead even further in the fifth to 10-0.
Brady Chant's solo shot in the sixth put one up for Suffolk and the Rams ran a pair in the seventh thanks to RBI singles from Kevin Higgins and Sean Cameron. The blue-and-gold could not make up more ground from there, however, as the Gulls locked up game one.
In the nightcap, a similar situation ensued with Endicott grabbing a 5-0 lead after three thanks to four runs in the second and one tally in the third. The Rams trimmed the margin in the fifth. Kevin Belskie started things off with a triple down the right field line and came in on a BJ Neil 43 ground out.
Suffolk made up more ground in the sixth with a sac fly from Belskie that plated Seth Coiley, who started the inning with a walk. Endicott put things back to three runs in the sixth, but Chant blasted another ball over the fence to keep things interesting in the seventh. Cameron singled and Coiley wore a pitch to put two runners on, but Suffolk went down from there as Endicott locked up the win.
- Chant's two hits, one in each outing, both went over the fence. The junior centerfielder collected two RBI and two runs, dividng the pairs across both games.
- Higgins paced the Rams at the plate in game one with a 2-for-3 effort with one RBI.
- Belskie put a 1-for-2 performance with one triple, one RBI and one run in the nightcap.
- Tim Conroy threw game one. The senior allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on nine hits and eight walks and sat down two hitters.
- In his first collegiate start, Tyler Zell allowed six runs on 10 hits and one walk with one strikeout in 6.0 innings.
- Chant was the second Ram to produce back-to-back homerun games and first since Higgins accomplished the feat in a doubleheader versus Lasell April 23, 2017.
Suffolk takes the diamond one last time prior to the GNAC tournament as the Rams entertain No. 13/19 Salve Regina at East Boston Memorial Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.