NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – The Worcester State University Lancers (1-0) took an 8-4 opening day win Tuesday afternoon against Fisher College (0-1) at the New England Baseball Complex (NEBC).
Left fielder, Jake Ryan (Northbridge, Mass.) led the Lancers with two runs and two RBI while going 1-2 (.500) from the plate. Also batting at the .500 mark was designated hitter, Matthew Lavin (Worcester, Mass.) and second baseman, Josh Creamer (Worcester, Mass.).
Fisher College also had three players hit .500 and above, including Adam Lucey (Malden, Mass.), Devin Perry (Newton, Mass.), and Reinaldo Mortea. Perry and Joshua Casado (Lawrence, Mass.) each registered a double against the Worcester State pitching.
Worcester State got up on the board in the 1st inning when John Boyd (Worcester, Mass.) stole home as the Fisher catcher attempted throwing out Adam Barry (Auburn, Mass.) at second. The inning was ended moments later as two Lancers grounded out, leaving one player left on base.
In the bottom of the 1st, Fisher College put up three runs to take the lead as Perry doubled to right field for the Falcon's first run. Cody Mercier (Salem, Mass.) then hit a sacrifice fly to give the Falcons a 2-1 advantage. Another single up the middle for Fisher College allotted them the 3-1 lead going into the top of the 2nd.
Worcester State battled back in the top of the 2nd, as they scored five runs on five hits and left no runners on base to take the 6-3 lead.
The scoring didn't resume until the top of the 4th when the Lancers scored another two runs (one unearned) on one hit and one error committed by the Falcons.
The 5th through mid-8th innings were controlled by good pitching and defense by both teams, resulting in four scoreless innings.
Though, Fisher College tried to rally the game up in the bottom of the 8th when Xavier Felix (Boston, Mass.) reached first base on a bunt. Casado then came up to bat and doubled to right center, scoring Felix for another Falcon run. Though, a line drive to second base, and a pop up to the first baseman ended the inning, eventually, resulting in the 8-4 win for the Lancers as no scoring action was logged in the 9th.