Fitchburg, MA- The MCLA baseball team dropped game one 8-2 but rallied for a wild 14-12 six inning win in the nightcap to earn a MASCAC split with Fitchburg State on Friday afternoon. The Trailblazers are now 8-10 overall and 2-4 in the conference. The Falcons are 9-16 overall and also sit at 2-4 in the league.
Game two was a wild back and forth affair. The Falcons scored six times in the bottom of the first inning to take a 6-2 advantage. MCLA would score four times in the second inning to tie it up, only to see the Falcons plate two more in the second to lead 8-6 heading into the third. FSU extended to a 9-6 lead with a solo run in the third, but MCLA tacked on four runs to take their first lead of the game, 10-9, in the top of the fourth. The key hit in the inning was two run single from Myles Candelet.
Fitchburg tied it 10-10 in the bottom half, but MCLA took the lead for good scoring four times in the fifth. Candelet again plated a pair of runs with a two run knock while Antonio Archina and Andrew Casteel added RBI's. Fitchburg scored twice in the bottom half of the inning to close within 14-12, but they stranded a pair of runners to end the inning.
Both teams went scoreless in the sixth inning and then the contest was ended due to darkness.
Candelet led the offense going 2-4 with a season best 4 RBI's in the win. Schamal Forbes added two hits and also pitched a scoreless sixth frame for MCLA. The Trailblazers had nine hits, but took advantage of 9 walks from Falcon pitching to record the win.
In the opener, Fitchburg led 4-0 after three innings of play before MCLA scored a pair of runs in the fourth to slice the lead in half. Logan Rumbolt and Christian Seariac drove in runs in the inning.
FSU put the game out of reach in the fifth inning scoring four more times off MCLA starter Liam Nolan and cruised home from there. The Falcons outhit MCLA 11-6 in the contest.
Tyler Smith went the distance to earn the win for the Falcons while Nolan took the loss.
MCLA is back in action on Monday when they host Mass. Maritime at 1pm at Zavattaro Complex.