Baseball, softball teams return home from out-of-state swings

Article by: Dan Ryan

Members of the Suffolk baseball and softball teams joined some of their college counterparts in jetting off to warmer locales for spring break, but beaches and sun weren’t the main things on these student athletes’ minds; they were after wins as well.

As has become tradition, the baseball and softball teams kicked off the 2010 season by competing out of state. The baseball team headed to Florida, playing nine games in Winter Haven, Babson Park and Auburndale.

The softball team headed for the opposite coast, playing ten games as part of the Sun West Games in Orange, Calif.

The softball team had a rough road trip, starting off the season losing all ten games to teams from places like California, Oregon and Illinois. However, the Lady Rams had much more success upon returning home to start the GNAC portion of their schedule, as the team split two doubleheaders this past weekend against Mount Ida and St. Joseph’s (Conn.).

The team’s overall record currently stands at 2-12, but their GNAC record is 2-2, putting them in sixth place out of 13 in the conference.

The baseball team fared a bit better in Florida, going 3-6 on their nine-game road trip. The Rams started off the season with a 13-8 win over Rhode Island College, but dropped the next three games.

The team got back on track with a thrilling 8-7 extra innings win over Ripon College. The Rams trailed entering the bottom of the tenth, but freshman Chris Stanley laced a single into right field with two outs to give the Rams the victory.

The Rams went on to lose three of the next four games, including both ends of a doubleheader against another Mass. college, Westfield State.

The baseball team was scheduled to return to New England play yesterday, but their game against Babson was rained out. The game has been rescheduled, and will be played at 3:30 p.m. today at Babson.

The Lady Rams return to action today with a doubleheader against Brandeis. Both games will be at home and will be at 3 and 5 p.m. Brandeis is currently 5-3 on the year and according the Brandeis’ Athletics Department, the team was ranked 14th in last week’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III poll.