WESTFIELD – 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 in Westfield on Saturday.
With the victories, Westfield State is now 12-7 overall and 5-2 in the Conference.
With the two losses, Rams are now 10-11 overall and 4-3 in the Conference.
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.
For Framingham, Matt Fogarty tripled and scored a pair of runs, while Kyle Dembrowski and Jonathan Cloutier each drove in a pair. Releiver Kevin Scerra took the loss.
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 New England Baseball Complex.