Falcons Defeated in Title Showdown
SPRINGFIELD -- A record-setting season came to an end for the Fitchburg State University baseball team on Sunday in the championship game of the MASCAC Postseason Tournament.
The second-seeded Falcons fell to Westfield State, 5-3, in the tournament’s title game on the campus of Springfield College. Fitchburg State established a program record for wins in a season, finishing 26-16 overall and 13-8 in MASCAC play. Westfield State (27-14, 14-7 MASCAC) awaits its seeding into the NCAA Division 3 tournament.
Simply reaching Sunday’s title game was an impressive feat for the Falcons, who had to fend off Framingham State in an early game Saturday, and then defeat Westfield State later Saturday to set up Sunday’s winner-take-all battle.
In Sunday’s showdown, Westfield State grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as Aaron Clancy doubled to left and eventually crossed the plate on an RBI single by junior Jake Gibb.
The Owls made it a 2-0 lead in the third with Clancy singling to left-center to score Casey Boudreau, but Fitchburg State cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore Nicholas Cordeau doubled home junior Brandon Lefebvre, of Leominster.
Westfield State added another run in the sixth on a solo homer by Nick Martin, making the score 3-1. The Falcons responded in their half of the seventh as freshman Brendan Ferrell launched his first collegiate home run over the right-field fence to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Fitchburg State knotted the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth when Cordeau laced an RBI single to right that brought home freshman Vincent Eramo, of Shirley. It was Cordeau’s 59th hit of the season, tying the single-season program record.
The Owls, however, regained the lead in the top of the ninth when Brett Dooley came home on a wild pitch.
Ferrell paced the Falcons, going 2 for 5 with a home run, one run scored and one RBI. Cordeau added two hits with a double and two RBIs for Fitchburg State, and Clancy finished 2 for 4 with a double, one run scored and one RBI.
Richard Sharp, of Townsend, took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings of work.