TUESDAY, MARCH 19 // 3:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 // 4:00 PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 21 // 3:30 PM
BOSTON – Two days removed from its Spring Training trip, Suffolk baseball has a hectic week ahead as the Rams are set for three nine-inning games over the next three days. The blue-and-gold will face stop by MIT and Salve Regina March 19 and March 21, respectively, and host Salve Regina in between March 20.
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LAST TIME OUT
A six-run fifth-inning by Fitchburg State proved to be the different in Suffolk baseball's RussMatt Central Florida Invitational finale as the Rams could not complete the comeback and fell to the Falcons, 6-4, Friday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Park.
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Suffolk went 5-6 over its eight-day Florida schedule.
As a team, the Rams are hitting .315 anchored by Will Hopkins' .483 average. The sophomore centerfielder has produced one hit in all eight games he has appeared in this season to sit second on the squad with 14 total hits, three of which went for extra bases. Shane Lake is second on the squad in average as the sophomore catcher connects at a .421 rate. His eight hits have brought in four runs. Tim Brigham's bat has produced the most hits (15), half of which are good for extra bases for eight RBI, while lead-off hitter Rich Gilbride has plated the most runs (11) on 13 hits and scored a team-high 11 himself.
Of Suffolk's starters on the hill, Parker Browne and Kevin Sinatra have proved to be the most successful. Browne heads into the week with a staff-best 1.59 ERA over 5.2 innings of work in which the sophomore sat down four batters. Sinatra, meanwhile, is unbeaten on the hill with a 2-0 record behind a 2.57 ERA with five Ks to his credit. The senior southpaw has worked the most frames thus far this season (14.0 IP). Steven Rossi is also undefeated on the bump with a 2-0 record. The freshman has fanned the most hitters (15) in 12.2 innings of action and holds a 3.55 ERA.
EYES ON THE ENGINEERS
All five of MITs contests in 2019 have been played in New England. The Engineers enter Tuesday's tilt 3-2 on the season.
Jared Schwait holds MIT's leading bat as the senior, who hits .467, has a team-best seven hits for four RBI to go along with four runs scored. Alec Kushner (.333), Andrew Krause (.294) and Matt Johnson (.250) are each two hits shy of Schwait's team-leading hit mark.
Patrick Callahan paces the starting pitchers with a 0.90 ERA in two starts. Through his 10.0 innings of work, the senior arm has seven strikeouts. Casey Bussone has fanned the most batters this year with nine strikeouts to his credit over 8.0 innings with a 2.25 ERA. Zack Kopstein is also in the starting rotation and put together a 1.80 ERA in 5.0 innings of action.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk and MIT will meet for the second straight season and 60th time overall.
- The Rams trail the all-time series, 24-35.
- Suffolk looks to snap its eight-game skid against the Engineers.
- The Rams look for their first victory over MIT since a 6-5 decision April 8, 2011.
- Under Anthony Del Prete, the blue-and-gold is 0-3 versus MIT.
Salve Regina opened the season with a 7-1 win at Stevens and went 5-4 over its Spring Break trip to enter the week 6-4 overall.
Two every day hitters are batting over .400 in Dylan Ketch (.472) and Zack Smith (.450). Smith leads the team in hits (18), RBI (10) and stolen bases (5), while Ketch sits atop the squad in runs scored (15), and walks (11).
Patrick Maybech is the Seahawks ace as the junior arms has the most starts (3) and innings played (16.0) under his belt. He holds a 2.81 ERA and has fanned 26 batters. Will Ginsberg is the Seahawks go-to closer. The senior has taken the hill five times his season, earned one win and one save. In 12.2 frames of action, he has put together a 2.13 ERA with 19 punchouts to his credit.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk boasts a 12-5 all-time series lead with Salve Regina.
- The Rams fell in the last meeting with the Seahawks, 7-6, March 29, 2018.
- In the Anthony Del Prete era, Suffolk is 2-2 against Salve Regina.
GET TO KNOW THE JUDGES
Brandeis is off to a 7-2 start this season and is on a three-game win streak entering Thursday's tilt with the Rams.
Four different everyday starters are batting over .400 in Alex Parrott (.484), Luke Hall (.455), Victor Oppenheimer (.429) and Dan Frey (.424). Parrott, Hall and Oppenheimer have each produced 15 hits, while Frey has provided 14. Frey is the leader in RBIA with 18, Parrott has 12 and Hall and Oppenheimer have each brought in 11. Oppenheimer's 15 runs score match Mike Khoury's 15 for a team high.
On the mound, Greg Tobin's 1.98 ERA is the best amongst the Judges' starting arms. In 13.2 innings pitched, the most of any hurler on the staff, the junior HLP has sat down seven hitters. Mason Newman (10.2 IP, 5.91 ERA, 6K) and Albert Gutierrez (9.1 IP, 4.82 IP, 11K) also add experience to the rotation on the hill.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- The Rams hold a 28-8 all-time record versus the Judges.
- Suffolk and Brandeis renew a rivalry, meeting for the first time since 2011.
- The Rams look for their first win over the Judges since a 13-7 decision April 23, 2010.
- Suffolk will meet Brandeis for the first time under Anthony Del Prete's guidance.
Suffolk will take one day's rest before turning its attention to GNAC action Saturday, March 23 when it entertains Norwich at East Boston Memorial Park. The conference doubleheader is set to begin at 1 p.m.