#12/15 Franklin Pierce to Resume Suspended Game at Saint Rose
Northeast-10 rules game was incorrectly ruled a forfeit
RINDGE, N.H. (May 4, 2006) - Northeast-10 Conference commissioner David Brunk has determined today that the baseball contest between Franklin Pierce and the College of Saint Rose on April 28 was incorrectly ruled a forfeit on the field. The game has been declared a suspended contest, thus invoking the halted game stipulations, and will be resumed on Friday, May 5, at Saint Rose with the Golden Knights leading 5-2 in the top of the second inning at 6 p.m.
"This decision was made with the consultation of our assignor of umpires after a comprehensive review of events surrounding the game and the NCAA rules that govern the sport," said Brunk in a statement released by the NE-10 office this morning. "In addition, the ruling was made, in part, not to punish Saint Rose and more importantly, it is the right and fair resolution to an unfortunate set of circumstances."
Franklin Pierce (39-9, 24-5 NE-10) is ranked 12th in this week's Collegiate Baseball magazine coaches poll and 15th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll. The Ravens, also ranked first in both the NCAA Division II Selection Committee and NCBWA Northeast Regional rankings this week, are winners of ten-straight and 17 of 18 entering Friday night. If they can rally to victory, the Ravens can clinch at least a share of the Northeast-10 Regular Season Championship and top seed as they look to defend their NE-10 Tournament title beginning next Friday. Franklin Pierce has already clinched a first round bye. The Ravens will also be looking to reach the 40-win plateau for the first time in program history.