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Falcons Rally Late To Sneak Past Baseball In Extras, 7-6

Falcons Rally Late To Sneak Past Baseball In Extras, 7-6

THE BASICS
Score:
Fitchburg State 7, Dean College 6
Records:
Fitchburg State (1-2), Dean College (1-2)
Location:
Longley Athletic Complex, Franklin, Mass.
Date:
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time:
2:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Zachary May
drove in the game-winning run with a single to center in the top of the 11th inning, sending Fitchburg State to a heart-stopping, 7-6, non-league baseball win over Dean College on Thursday afternoon.

May's heroics spoiled a masterful performance from Tyler McAloon (Berkley, Mass.), who fanned a career-high ten in seven innings of relief.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
The visiting Falcons actually jumped out to a 4-0 lead off of Bulldog starter Gio Filippone (Darien, Conn.), courtesy of three unearned runs in the second frame.

Dean answered back in the bottom of the inning with singles from Jeff Sharnick (Stratford, Conn.) and Andrew DiRito (Plymouth, Mass.) and an RBI double from Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.).

McAloon, meanwhile, entered the game in the top of the third and went to work, scattering seven hits, allowing just one earned run while slowing down the Falcon offense including striking out three batters in the fifth.

The Bulldogs evened the score at 4-4 in the sixth when they plated three runs, highlighted by a DiRito run-scoring single.

Three straight base hits from Fitchburg State gave them the lead back at 5-4 in the top of the eighth but Dean jumped back in front with two in the bottom of the frame on a game-tying sacrifice fly from Andrew Sullivan (Agawam, Mass.) and then the go-ahead RBI single by Thomas Troy (Norwalk, Conn.).

The Falcons were able to even the score with two outs in the ninth when Matthew Pingitore singled to left, chasing home Vincent Eramo before Pingitore was thrown out at second base.

The 11th inning saw Fitchburg State get a leadoff single and then move to second on a sacrifice. After a strikeout, May delivered the game-winning single to center.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Sharnick went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.), Troy and DiRito all had two hits.

UP NEXT:
Dean is off until Sunday when they face Wilson College in a doubleheader in Emmitsburg, Md. First pitch of the first game is slated for 1:00 PM.