NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – After falling in walk-off fashion to open the doubleheader, the Suffolk baseball team bounced back in the nightcap, besting Anna Maria, 7-3, Tuesday night at the New England Baseball Complex.
SCORE: Suffolk 7, Anna Maria 3
RECORDS: Suffolk (12-15, 6-1 GNAC) | Anna Maria (11-19, 2-6 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Suffolk at least one run in the second through sixth inning and limited Anna Maria's chance to secure the game two victory and GNAC split with the AMCATS.
The Rams got on the scoreboard first after a scoreless first frame as Rich Gibride's single to center field scored Blasé Cormier, who recorded a single of his own.
The teams traded runs in the second stanza as Suffolk used Will Hopkins triple to left center that brought in Trevor Lee, who reached on a walk, to maintain its one-run edge after three complete innings.
In the fourth, Tim Brigham went yard over the cent fielder fence and brought Cormier in in the process to stretch Suffolk's lead to 4-1.
Another pair of Rams runners came in in the fifth to give Suffolk a 6-1 cushion. Lee wore a pitch to start things off and used Brady Chant's double to left center to come in. Chant moved to third on Hopkins' walk and a hit-by-pitch that loaded the bases. The senior centerfield scored thanks to pinch hitters Tommy Shimchak's sac fly.
Suffolk's final run of the night was thanks to Hopkins' single that brought in Steven Shamnoski, who reached on a single of his own.
With the Rams up 7-1, Anna Maria scored twice in the home half of the seventh to trim the margin to four, 7-3, but could not get any closer as Suffolk held onto the win.
- Charles Batchelder went the full 7.0 for Suffolk. The junior RHP earned the win, his fourth of the season, with a two-run, seven-hith, two-walk, five-strikeout eeffort.
- Andrew Rorigues suffered the setback for the AMCATs after giving up six runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts to his credit.
- Tanner Jakola (2.0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 K) and Eric Singleton (1.0 IP, 1 K) came out of the ben for Anna Maria.
- Hopkins had a day at the dish with his 2-for-3 effort featuring one triple for a pair of RBI.
- Cormier also had a multi-hit outing with a 2-for-4 performance and two runs and stole one base.
- Brigham's lone hit of the night went over the fence as the sophomore collected one RBI and scored one run.
- Chant tallied one double, brought in one run and scored one himself.
- Gilbride tallied on RBI on his one hit and Shimchak picked up one RBI on a sac fly.
- Lee scored a pair of runs.
- Shamnoski scored one run and had one hit.
- Brigham hit the first jack of his collegiate career.
- Cormier stole the first base of his collegiate career and extended his hit streak to four straight games.
- Shimchak earned his first RBI of the season.
Suffolk meets Albertus Magnus tomorrow, Wednesday, April 18 in Eastie at 6:30 p.m.