FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The Lesley University baseball team ended the regular season with a 7-6 loss to non-conference Framingham State University, Wednesday evening. With the win, the Rams are now 17-22 on the year, while Lesley slips to 18-17-1.
Sophomore backstop Jacob Cervantes (Oxnard, Calif.) went two-for-five from the top of the Lynx batting order with a double and an RBI. First year Steven DePalma (Albertson, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while sophomore Ryan Pumphret (Shrewsbury, Mass.) also picked up two hits with a pair of walks and a run scored.
Senior Ryan Wardwell (Hudson, Mass.) drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI. Senior Manny Powers (Malden, Mass.) went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI. Sophomore Kyle Lippert (Carlsbad, Calif.) went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk, while junior Matt Brockett (Guilford, Conn.) also recorded three hits with a pair of runs scored.
The two teams traded runs in the first inning before Lesley plated four in the top of the second to take a 5-1 lead. The Rams got a run back in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Joe Ambrosino (Bradeton, Fla.). The Rams added two more in the bottom of the third including a sacrifice fly from sophomore Jordan Pallazola (Rockport, Mass.) to cut the deficit to one, 5-4.
Lesley capitalized on a Framingham error to push the lead back to 6-4 in the top of the sixth, but two in the bottom of the seventh for the Rams tied the game at 6-6. Wardwell plated the first run of the inning on a single and Powers followed with a sacrifice fly.
Sophomore Anthony Morrissey (Beverly, Mass.) tossed a scoreless eighth and retired Lesley in order in the ninth giving the Rams a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. Lippert led off the inning with a single and stole second. After an out, Brockett reached on an infield single and Wardwell followed with a base hit to right scoring Lippert from second for the win.
Depalma took loss dropping him to 1-2 after allowing one run on three hits while striking out four in an inning and a third. First year right-hander Andrew Thomas (Arlington, Mass.) got the nod for the Lynx and went three innings allowing four runs – only one earned – on seven hits and fanning one.
The Lynx return to the diamond this weekend when they open up the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship this weekend against the number one see, host Mitchell College in New London, Conn.
- Game story provided by Framingham State University Athletic Communications