Parsons Fans 13 to Match Fitchburg State Strikeout Record
BUZZARDS BAY -- Senior Tommy Parsons tied a school record with 13 strikeouts and the Fitchburg State University baseball team swept Saturday’s MASCAC doubleheader against host Massachusetts Maritime Academy, winning 3-2 in the early game and 1-0 in the nightcap.
In the early game, Aidan Ward, of Dunstable, earned the win for Fitchburg State, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five in five innings of work. At the plate, freshman Vincent Eramo finished 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Fitchburg State (12-5, 3-0 MASCAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth as junior Matthew Pingitore singled in junior Joshua Macomber. The Falcons then made it 3-0 in following frame when Eramo, of Shirley, and Macomber added RBIs on a single to right-center and a fielder’s choice, respectively.
Mass. Maritime (3-12, 0-3 MASCAC) cut the deficit to 3-2 in the home half of the fifth with junior Matt Langan and freshman Joe Sanchez connecting on RBI base knocks, but Falcons closer Shaun Gamelin was able to slam the door in the seventh.
In the late game, it was Parsons who did the heavy lifting. The senior struck out 13 batters -- tying a Fitchburg State single-game record -- while allowing just one hit. Sophomore Nicholas Cordeau, meanwhile, hit a solo home run to give the Falcons all of the offense they would need.
Mass. Maritime sophomore John Teehan was the tough-luck loser in the 1-0 affair, allowing just one run on four hits and striking out nine in a complete-game effort.
With the score knotted at 0-0 going into the eighth, the Falcons finally broke the stalemate when Cordeau launched his team-leading fifth home run of the season over the right-field fence.
That’s all the run support the visitors would need, as Gamelin came on in the eighth and shut the door, pitching a flawless inning to pick up his fifth save of the year.
Next up, the Falcons will travel to Worcester State on Wednesday for a MASCAC tilt, starting at 3 p.m.