NORTHBORO, Mass. - The Framingham State University Rams posted 10 runs in the top of the seventh inning, pulling away from the Newbury Nighthawks in their 19-4 victory on Monday afternoon from the New England Baseball Complex.
Rams senior Aaron Williams (Brockton, Mass.) batted 4-for-6, including a home run, three runs scored, and two RBIs. Junior Andrew Curtis (Dracut, Mass.) finished 2-for-6 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Senior Kyle Lippert (Carlsbad, Calif.) went 2-for-2 with four runs scored. Six Rams finished with at least two hits.
Nighthawks senior David Center (Medford, Mass.) batted 1-for-3 including a two-run home run. Sophomore Dylan Presby (China, Maine) also batted 1-for-3 while junior Nick Dorazio (Oxford, Conn.) and sophomore Brian Cipolla (Cranston, R.I.) went 1-for-4.
The Rams entered the seventh leading 9-4 before the 10-run outburst. The inning began with senior Kyle Dembrowski (Natick, Mass.) hitting a solo home run to center field, giving the Rams a 10-4 lead.
Two walks and a single would load the bases and set the stage for the explosive seventh. A walk made it 11-4 and Curtis followed with a bases-clearing triple to left-center field, giving the Rams a 14-4 lead. Curtis would score on a wild pitch for a 15-4 lead.
Framingham State added four more runs in an inning that totaled 10 runs and seven hits for a 19-4 lead.
The Rams led 6-0 after the top of the third when the Nighthawks began cutting into the Framingham State advantage.
Center hit a two-run home run to right-center field for his first home run of the season and seventh of his career to cut into the deficit 6-2.
The Nighthawks added two more in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Ryan West (Jupiter, Fla.) and a fielder's choice RBI by junior Christopher Tran (Nantucket, Mass.) to trail 6-4.
Rams senior Al Wallach (Nahant, Mass.) earned the win to improve to 1-0 while senior Kevin Connelly (Bolton, Mass.) got credit for his second save of the season. Nighthawks senior Mark Travers (Norwood, Mass.) falls to 0-2 with the loss.
The Rams improve to 3-1 while the Nighthawks fall to 0-5 this season. Newbury takes over a week off and returns to play on Wednesday, March 20 at Mass Maritime. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.