Westfield, Mass.- Westfield State swept a MASCAC baseball doubleheader from Framingham State University, winning game one with a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning, 8-7, and holding the Rams off by a 4-3 count in the night cap at Bud and Jim Hagan Field on Saturday.
Game 1: Westfield State 8, Framingham State 7
Game 2: Westfield State 4, Framingham State 3
Records: Westfield State (12-7, 5-2 MASCAC), Framingham State (10-11, 4-3 MASCAC)
Location: Jim Hagan Field– Westfield, Mass.
In game one, Aaron Clancy's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh and final inning was the difference-maker, as he drove in Anthony Crowley with the winning run. Crowley tied the game with an RBI single earlier in the inning.
Crowley finished 2-3 with three RBI. Colin Dunn rapped out three hits and scored two runs, and Clancy and Brett Dooley each drove in a pair of runs for Westfield.
Freshman reliever Ryan Murphy picked up the win, working just 2/3 of an inning to end the top of the seventh to set the table for Westfield's comeback.
In the nightcap, the Owls topped former MASCAC pitcher of the year Kevin Connelly (L, 1-4), scoring three runs in the second inning. Tyler Beach drove in Clancy with a sacrifice fly, Casey Boudreau singled home Jake Gibb, and Bryant Dana scored on a passed ball.
The Owls tacked on an important insurance run in the fifth inning when Steven Saucier drove in Clancy with a base hit.
The Rams threatened with a 2-RBI double from Robert Higgins in the top of the sixth, but Westfield starter Shane Bogli (W, 3-1) worked out of the jam to preserve the 4-3 lead. Owls senior reliever Scott Strachan worked around a walk and a base hit to post a scoreless seventh inning and earn his first save of the season. Bogli allowed just two hits in his six-inning performance.
Clancy and Gibb each had a pair of hits for the Owls.
The Rams host Salem State in MASCAC action Tuesday at the NEBC
*Release courtesy of Westfield sports information