Fitchburg, Mass. - April 12, 2010 - Ryan White tossed eight innings, giving up two earned runs while striking out four as the Springfield College baseball team edged Fitchburg State, 3-2, in a non-conference meeting on Monday afternoon.
The victory boosts Springfield's record to 11-14 this season, while the Falcons drop to 8-9.
Junior Dave Alexander led the Fitchburg State ten-hit attack, going 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI, while sophomore Andrew Foster turned in a 2-for-4 day with a single, a double and a walk.
Sophomore Mike Corletta sparked Springfield’s offense throughout the day, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of single and one RBI, while freshman Matt Milano added a double, one run batted in and one run scored.
Fitchburg State opened the contest with a single run in the bottom of the first inning as Alexander singled home junior John Phelan for an early 1-0 lead, but Springfield bounced back throughout the middle of the contest, grabbing a 3-1 lead after five innings of play. Milano sparked the Pride’s two-run fourth with a RBI double to right-center, while Corletta capped Springfield’s one-run fifth frame with a RBI base-knock.
After being held at bay for seven straight innings, the Falcons broke their scoring silence in the bottom of the eighth, plating a single run on three hits. Alexander struck again, starting the Fitchburg State rally with a two-out double to right field before sophomore Michal Mercier rifled a RBI base-knock up the middle.
The Falcons rallied ended their however as White closed out the eighth inning with a fly out to right field. White earned the victory on the hill for the Pride (3-1), going eight strong innings with four K’s before giving way to Brian Harris, who collected his second save of the season.
Senior Nick Ryan suffered the loss for the Falcons, falling to 1-1 on the season with 4.2 innings of work. The veteran southpaw yielded three runs on eight hits while fanning a pair. Junior Steve Donah was strong in relief for the Falcons, holding the Pride scoreless for 4.1 innings.
Springfield will host MIT tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. in a key conference contest.