Ravens get big doubleheader wins

Monday, May 01, 2017

With the regular-season schedule winding down, the Franklin Pierce University baseball team entered Saturday afternoon very much in need of a doubleheader sweep to complete the three-game weekend sweep of host Bentley in Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division play. The team responded on multiple fronts at DeFelice Field to get the job done. In the first game, senior right-hander Cody McPartland went all nine innings to take care of business in a 2-1 win. In the second game, junior right fielder Adam Chase cracked four doubles and scored three times to lead a 21-hit attack in a 12-5 victory.

With the wins, Franklin Pierce improves to 28-12 (18-6 NE10, 14-4 NE Div.), while Bentley falls to 9-26 (7-13 NE10, 7-9 NE Div.). It is the fourth straight season the Ravens have swept the three-game season series from the Falcons.

In the first game on Saturday, Franklin Pierce put McPartland out front early on, with a run in the top of the first inning. Chase singled to left field with one out, but was erased at second as junior third baseman John Friday reached on a fielder’s choice. Friday moved to second on a wild pitch and came home to score on an RBI single back up the middle by junior catcher Stephen Octave.

The Ravens got an important insurance run in the top of the fifth to push the lead to 2-0. The inning started at the top of the order with freshman designated hitter Dylan Jones, who cracked a leadoff single to center. He moved to second on a single back up the middle by Friday, went to third on a single to center by Octave and scored on an RBI single to right by junior first baseman Dalton Davis.

Bentley picked up its only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth to create the 2-1 final. Junior third baseman Peter Bocchino opened the inning with a single to center field, moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt and later scored when freshman center fielder Luke Figueira whacked an RBI single to right.

McPartland (6-0) went the distance for the third time this season on 106 pitches (82 strikes). He allowed one run and scattered nine hits, did not issue a walk, hit two batters and struck out eight on the way to the win.

Franklin Pierce got things started in a hurry in the second game as well, with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.

Paul Covelle went just the first 3.2 innings on the mound for Franklin Pierce and did not factor in the decision. He was hit for five runs on six hits, walked two and struck out three. Tanner Bird (4-2) picked up the win out of the bullpen for his 3.1 innings of work. He allowed three inherited runners to score, but did not surrender a run of his own, allowed two hits, did not issue a walk, hit a batter, threw two wild pitches and struck out two.

The Ravens return to the field on Tuesday, May 2 at Southern New Hampshire. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Penmen Field in Manchester.