FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – A five-run bottom of the sixth proved to be the deciding factor as the Rams of Framingham State University erased a two-run Beacons lead to defeat baseball by the final of 8-4 Monday afternoon.
With the loss the Beacons fall back to .500 and currently 9-9 record overall, having their played their fourth game in three days. The Rams improved to 8-13 with Monday's win.
Playing a major part in the Rams non-conference win over the Beacons was junior Anthony Iafolla and sophomore Mark Mainini who each drove in three runs apiece. Mainini went 3-for-3 in the game with a run scored and three RBI, while Iafolla went 3-for-4 with a run scored and his three RBI. Cameron Couillard also picked up a pair of hits in the game, while Justin Forman and Matt Roberge each scored twice.
For the Beacons they jumped out to the early lead with two runs in their first at bat. Senior Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) drove in a run on an RBI single to center and junior Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) scored on a throwing error by the Rams on the throw down as he stole third.
The Rams cut UMB's lead in half with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Justin Forman reached on an error and before moving over to second on a failed pick-off attempt. Forman moved to third on a fly out and came around to score the Rams first run of the game when Iafolla hit a single up the middle.
The Beacons countered with a run in the top of the sixth to push the advantage back to two. Moquette singled to lead off the inning and stole second. Freshman Gerard Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) followed with a double to right center driving in Moquette.
Framingham would respond in a big way in the bottom half of the inning as they batted around on their way to driving in five runs to jump out to a three-run lead (6-3).
UMB would tally a run in the eighth when freshman Shane O'Leary (Boston, Mass.) walked with the bases loaded, but the Rams tacked on two more in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles to reach the final margin.
Patrick Holden recorded the win on the hill for the Rams improving his season record to 2-0. Holden went six and 2/3 innings surrendering three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out seven. Freshman Kurtis White (Nahant, Mass.) was tagged with the loss for the Beacons as he went five and 1/3 innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits with a strikeout.
Florentino was the lone Beacon to record multiple hits, as the freshman went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Moquette also notched a hit and reached home plate twice.
Baseball will play their fifth game in four days tomorrow when they travel to Bridgewater State University for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game.
Information for this release provided by Framingham State University Sports Information Department