By Danielle Achin
The Framingham State baseball team battled a 10-inning game against Lasell, eventually falling to the Lasers by a run.
The game started with a scoreless inning from each team. Lasell grabbed the early lead with a single run in the bottom of the second after Jordan Martinez singled to right field, sending Tyler DiNezza home for the 1-0 lead.
The Rams were trailing the Lasers with three scoreless innings until they plated three in the top of the fourth after Ryan Boyle doubled down the right field line and a Jeremy Kelly double to left center. Kennedy Wilson scored the third run after capitalizing on a fielding error by Lasell.
Lasell managed to keep the Rams off the bases and tally single runs in the fifth and sixth inning to knot the score 3-3.
Both teams sparked with energy in the seventh inning after plating three runs each, keeping the score knotted, 6-6.
Lasell managed to break the tie score in the bottom of the eighth after capitalizing on another scoreless inning from the Rams and a number of throwing errors to plate the single run.
The Rams answered at the top of the ninth after Lucas Basile homered in one run for the Rams, resulting in a tie score once again at 7-7.
The final tenth inning left both teams determined to plate the leading run.
FSU took to bat and Ram Cam Gilroy singled through the right side and ran off with second and third for the steal. Evan Kirkpatrick then capitalized on the third-base runner advantage, singling to center field and sending Gilroy in for the run.
It wasn’t long before the Lacers got three outs and took to the plate.
After the Rams pitcher walked two players, DiNezza reached first on a fielding error, sending in Audet for the tying 8-8 run. Griffin Ferreira then singled to center field, advancing Matthew Paharik to home and securing the 9-8 victory.
Despite the aggravating loss, the team played with perseverance and energy.
Infielder Steven Burbank said having those few “explosive moments” such as Gilroy’s and Basile’s home runs helped keep the energy in the dugout high and hope alive.
“Dealing with a loss in the first place is never fun – never mind a walkoff. It really hurts but it provides us with motivation on its own for our next game,” he said. “We are a young team and have plenty of areas for improvement, but the fight and passion we have makes us want to get better.”
The Rams look to take on their next few games against the MCLA Bears in MASCAC action starting April 14.