By Danielle Achin
The winning streak ended for the Framingham State baseball team after they fell to Babson College 10-1 March 23.
The game began with the Rams at bat and Babson taking the Feld. The Beavers immediately made three outs in a row, stopping grounders hit by Chris Lannetta and Ryan Boyle and a pop Ky to the glove by Robert Johnston before Babson took the plate and scored two runs against the Rams before the second inning.
The Rams responded in the second with a line drive to right Feld by Lucas Basile in an attempt to get runners on base. After another line drive down the left Feld line by Steven Burbank, Basile was picked off at second for the out, leaving the Rams with a single runner at first.
Joey Fasolino then stepped up to the plate and cracked the ball to left center, driving Burbank home for the single run scored for the Rams before Kevin Girardin and Jacob Buontempo struck out looking. The Rams let up zero runs in the inning for the 2-1 score going into the third.
Over the next few innings, the Rams struggled to connect with the ball, unable to advance their score and would make errors that cost the team four more runs for the Beavers for the 6-1 score.
At the bottom of the sixth, Babson would go on to score four more runs and never look back.
Lapham smoked a double to the base of the wall in right Feld to bring home a run, followed with another double down the left Feld line by Kiely to drive in the final 10-1 margin.
Despite the team streak being broken, junior Matthew Shaver said losses like these are just a part of playing the sport.
“Each loss is difficult, obviously,” he said. “The score didn’t really tell how the game went, and losing to a team that went to the Regional World Series will always give you something to build off of.”
Shaver acknowledged the mistakes that were made during the game and admired his team’s fight to finish the game.
He said there is always room for improvement and he and his team will take these next few games to prepare for the upcoming MASCAC conference.
“Coach Callahan specifes practice depending on who we play,” he said. “Each practice is a little different with it being customized to who we are playing next, but we’re looking forward to these last two non- conference games and then we’re playing for a championship the back half of the season.”
The Rams are back on the Feld Saturday, March 26 when they travel to Wheaton College at noon for non-conference action.