SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Suffolk baseball's early edge would not be enough as Western New England used two-run innings and pitching to take down the Rams, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at Trelease Park.
SCORE: Suffolk 1, Western New England 4
RECORDS: Suffolk (4-11) | Western New England (10-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a scoreless first frame, Seth Coileyopened the second with a deep double to left center and advanced to third thanks to a passed ball. Rich Giandrea brought the runner in with a sac fly to give a Ram a 1-0 edge.
Kevin Sinatraretired the side in the home half of the second, but found himself in a bases loaded jam behind back-to-back Suffolk errors followed by a hit-by-pitch. The Golden Bears' designated hitter Neil Velazquez made contact, but the blue-and-gold successfully made the forced out at home to keep the hosts of the scoreboard. The same cannot be said a batter, however, as a two-RBI single by Alex Loparco flipped the switch and put WNE ahead, 2-1. Suffolk successfully turned a 453 double play to get out of the inning down one.
Suffolk continued to look for a comeback, but the Golden Bears stretched its lead to 4-1 behind a two-run sixth inning to grab a three-run cushion.
With their backs against the wall and just one inning to make up the ground Suffolk was sat down in order in the top of the seventh to seal their setback fate.
- Sinatra went the distance on the hill for the blue-and-gold. The starter faced 25 batters through 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits and had a pair of strikeouts.
- Paul Wetmore earned the win with a one-run, four-hit, two-walk, eight-strikeout, complete-game effort.
- Coiley paced Suffolk at the dish with the senior going 2-for-3 with one double and scoring the Rams' only run.
- Giandrea collected one RBI on a sac fly.
- Brady Chant went 1-for-2, while Steven Shamnoski also collected one hit in the outing.
- Coiley produced his second-straight multi-hit game with his fourth double of the season.
Suffolk wraps up the series with Western New England this afternoon.