#15 Franklin Pierce Downs American International, 7-1
Ravens reach 30-win plateau for fifth-straight year in record time
RINDGE, N.H. (April 20, 2006) - Franklin Pierce, ranked 15th in both this week's Collegiate Baseball magazine and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II polls, reached the 30-win plateau for the fifth-straight year with a 7-1 victory over American International College in Northeast-10 Conference baseball action at AIC Park this afternoon.
Franklin Pierce reaches the 30-win mark in the fewest amount of games in program history after breaking open a 2-1 game with five runs in the seventh. Senior right-hander Tyler Cummings (South Paris, Maine/Oxford Hills) picked up his sixth win of the season (6-1), allowing an earned run, while scattering eight hits to go with seven strikeouts and no walks in a complete game effort.
Junior All-American Garrett Olson (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) paced the Ravens offense as he hit 2-for-5 with a double, triple, stolen base and four RBI. Senior Mike Chambers (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) was 2-5 with a double (school-record 20th of the season) and two runs scored, while classmate Randy Fenton (Worcester, Mass./Doherty) was 2-4 with a pair of doubles to extend his team-leading hitting streak to 11 games. Senior Elliott Shea (Jaffrey, N.H./Conant) stole two bases to pull within one of teammate Vinny Pennell's (Spencer, Mass./David Prouty) single-season record of 24 set last spring.
Seniors Neal Quesnel (South Hadley, Mass./South Hadley) and Jon Ferry (Thorndike, Mass./Palmer) each hit 2-for-4 for American International. Freshman Kevin Farrell (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug) was 1-3 with an RBI.
Junior right-hander Bryan Soltis (Plantsville, Conn./Southington) suffered the loss for the Yellow Jackets (3-1) as he was touched for six runs, five earned, on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks over 6.2 innings.
Franklin Pierce grabbed a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third. Freshman Scott Savastano (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) reached on an error to lead off the second and later scored as result of an outfield error on a single from sophomore Matt Anderson (Medford, Mass./Medford). Back-to-back doubles from Chambers and Olson with one out resulted in the Ravens run in the third.
AIC cut the lead in half in the sixth as junior Tyler Cooke (Brattleboro, Vt./Brattleboro) led off with a single and later scored on Farrell's one-out single. Franklin Pierce broke the game open with five in the seventh. An error and two singles loaded the bases for Olson, who emptied them with a two-out triple. Senior All-American Bryan Duplissie (East Swanzey, N.H./Monadnock) followed with an RBI double and later scored on a Savastano single.
Franklin Pierce (30-9, 15-5 NE-10) opens a three-game weekend series with Granite State rivals Southern New Hampshire University with a doubleheader at Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field on Saturday at noon. American International (9-19, 5-15 NE-10) visits UMass Lowell on Saturday at 1 p.m.