Lynn, MA- The Falcons have now won ten straight with a victory over the Pine Manor College Gators (4-11) this morning at Fraser Field. The Fisher bats stayed hot as they banged out another 18 hits in the 18-3 victory to bring their overall season record to 25-10.
Falcons starter John Hilcher (Bloomfield, NJ) headed to the mound on a beautiful sunny morning and started out strong, allowing just one baserunner to start the game in the first inning. As they did in the first meeting with Pine Manor on Saturday afternoon, the Falcons scored in the bottom half of the first. Jorge Sanchez (Caguas, PR) led off the game with a walk and then stole second, his first of three thefts on the afternoon. Ivan Rivera (Brooklyn, NY) proceeded to knock a single to center to put runners on first and third with no outs setting the table for Mitchell Lundholm (Plymouth, MA). Lundholm delivered with a double to right center plating Sanchez for the first run of the game. Jonathan Rosado (Bayamon, PR) hit a sharp grounder allowing Rivera to score to put the home team up 2-0. John Batista (Lawrence, MA) knocked in the third run of the inning with his team leading 14th double of the season to give his team a 3-0 lead after one inning. The Falcons tacked on another five runs in the next two innings, taking an 8-0 lead after three full. Sanchez tallied a hit in both the second and third innings to lead the offense, while Rivera and Joshua Rogers (Highlands Ranch, CO) collected the other two, while swiping four bags in the two innings to take the 8-0 lead into the 4th.
The Gators were able to get to Hilcher in the 4th after giving up just one hit in the first four innings of work. PMC took advantage of four walks and a Falcons miscue to get on the board and would trail 8-2 after the fourth. The Falcons responded in the bottom of the 4th as Rosado started the inning off with a double off of Gators reliever, Brandon Gallegos, that nearly cleared the centerfield fence. Batista knocked him home with his second hit and second RBI of the day to put the Falcons back on top 9-2. Falcons reliever George Gali (Guayama, PR) worked the Falcons out of the jam in the fourth, while John Travieso (Miami, FL) pitched a clean fifth. Fisher would then put the game out of reach with an eight-run inning in the bottom of the 5th. FC had eight hits in the inning, including another hit for Sanchez, Rivera, Lundholm, and Batista, and hits from newcomers Braxten Ramirez (Amarillo, TX), Sami Bibovic (Brooklyn, NY), Jean Carlos Figueroa (Dorado, PR), Reynaldo Vega (Aguada, PR) and a sac fly from Steven Jimenez (West Miami, FL) to take a 17-2 lead into the top of the 6th. Falcons reliever Angel Alicea (Caguas, PR) allowed a run in the sixth, but worked out of the jam with two straight strikeouts to get out of the inning. Fisher tacked one more run in the bottom of the 6th to take an 18-3 lead into the 7th. Freshman Jared Dane (Fontana, CA) finished the Gators off in the seventh, getting three straight outs.
Sanchez, Rivera and Batista led the way for the Falcons as they each went 3 for 3 at the plate and combined for seven RBI's in the victory. Gali picked up the win in relief for the Falcons, his second of the season as he did not allow a hit and struck out a batter. Brian Mercier would take the loss for the Gators, his first of the season, as he gave up eight earned runs. Derek Tolbert led the way for the Gators as he went 1 for 2 at the plate with a pair of RBI's.
The Falcons will look for two more wins on Tuesday evening when they take on Eastern Nazarene College at Fraser Field. The action will kickoff at 4pm.