Trailblazers split series in MASCAC opener

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The MCLA Baseball team walked away with one win over the Framingham State Rams in the team’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) opener, taking the first game 12-10 over the Rams but dropping the second of the double-header 10-0.
The Trailblazers came out of the gates hot in the first game, recording two runs in the first inning on two hits. The Rams began sloppily on defense and committed an error that led to the first run for the Blazers, as well as putting the next runner in scoring position.
The Rams made up for it when they recorded five of their own runs in the bottom half of the first inning off of five walks and one hit on MCLA sophomore Schuyler Robinson, who started the game on the mound. The Blazers struggled with pitching despite the eventual win. The pitching staff committed 14 walks on the day between four different pitchers. The Blazers’ pitchers also let up two home runs in the game but came out on top thanks to a solid offensive effort.
Despite being down three runs at the end of the first inning, the Blazers came back and recorded three runs in the second inning and six in the third, all the while keeping the Rams scoreless.
The Blazers had put enough points on the board to secure the win despite the Rams placing another four runs on the board in the last four innings of play. The Blazers recorded one run in that four inning span but still walked away victorious.
The Blazers struggled to get much going in the second game, where the Rams stayed consistent and put up another ten-run game.
The bottom half of the fifth inning was where the Rams really turned it up. Emmanuel Powers started the inning with a solo-shot to put the Rams up 5-0 over the Blazers. Powers recorded a two run home-run in the second inning of the game.
Powers’ homer was accompanied by a double from Matthew Brockett and a pair of walks by MCLA junior Liam Nolan, who was on the mound. The six runs in the fifth inning for the Rams would cap all scoring in the game and give the final score of 10-0 in favor of the Rams.
With the split, the Rams are now 12-10 on the year and 2-1 in the league, while the Trailblazers are now 5-7 on the season and 1-1 in the MASCAC. MCLA is back in action today in a non-conference home game against Southern Vermont College at 3:30 pm.