2019 Baseball News

  • Baseball Outlasts SCSU Twice, Posts Pair of 11-Inning Wins, 5-2 and 6-3, to Open NE10 Play
    March 24, 2019
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (March 24, 2019) – Scuffling a bit on the year so far, the Franklin Pierce University baseball team showcased a little resiliency while opening Northeast-10 Conference play on Sunday afternoon. The Ravens went to extra innings twice, but would sweep a cross-division doubleheader at Southern Connecticut State, by scores of 5-2 and 6-3, at The Ballpark at SCSU, with both games going 11 innings. Junior first baseman Jonel Ozuna (New York, N.Y.) cranked a leadoff homer in the 11th of the first game, which stood as the game-winning run, while junior right-hander Derek Duffy (Farmington, Conn.) logged the final four innings without allowing an earned run to pick up the win out of the bullpen in the second game.
  • Baseball Unable to Hold Lead, Falls at Felician, 9-4
    March 17, 2019
    LYNDHURST, N.J. (March 17, 2019) – The Franklin Pierce University baseball team led 4-1 through the top of the sixth on Sunday afternoon, but trailed 5-4 after seven and went on to suffer a 9-4 defeat at Felician. The Ravens allowed one in the sixth, four in the seventh and four more in the eighth to turn what looked to be a likely victory into the five-run defeat. Only two of the nine runs were earned, thanks to three errors and a pair of passed balls, while the offense left 12 men on base over the course of the afternoon.
  • Baseball Able to Stop Skid, Salvage Doubleheader Split at Felician
    March 16, 2019
    LYNDHURST, N.J. (March 16, 2019) – At first, the nightmare week continued on Saturday afternoon for the Franklin Pierce University baseball team, as five errors led to another double-digit day for the opposition in an 11-3 loss to Felician to open a non-conference doubleheader at Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. The Ravens were able to bounce back in the second game though, and halt their losing streak at five games. Senior left fielder Brad Roberto (San Diego, Calif.) cranked a long, solo home run in the sixth, which stood as the winning run in a 2-1 victory in the seven-inning contest.
  • Pitching Continues to Struggle as Baseball Falls Twice to Conclude North Carolina Trip
    March 14, 2019
    CARY, N.C. (March 14, 2019) – The Franklin Pierce University baseball team surrendered 27 runs on 38 hits across two games on Thursday, as the Ravens fell twice at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Franklin Pierce closed out its trip to North Carolina on a four-game losing streak, and losers of five of six, as the Ravens dropped a 17-9 decision to Slippery Rock and a 10-6 contest to Nyack.
  • Bullpen Falters as Baseball Drops Pair in North Carolina
    March 13, 2019
    CARY, N.C. (March 13, 2019) – A pair of late-inning meltdowns cost the Franklin Pierce University baseball team a pair of wins on Wednesday afternoon, on the team’s penultimate day at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. In the first game, the Ravens held an 8-6 lead through seven innings, but surrendered a run in the eighth and eight more in the ninth to fall to St. Thomas Aquinas, 15-8. Later, Franklin Pierce held a 3-0 lead through seven, allowed three runs in the eighth, scored two of its own in the top of the 10th, but then allowed three runs in the bottom half of the 10th to drop a 6-5 decision to Nyack.
  • Baseball Trounces Fairmont State, 16-6
    March 12, 2019
    CARY, N.C. (March 12, 2019) – It turned into a bit of barnburner at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on Tuesday afternoon, as the two teams combined for 22 runs on 24 hits. It was the Franklin Pierce University baseball team which did the majority of the damage though, as the Ravens posted a 16-6, non-conference win over Fairmont State. Every member of the Franklin Pierce starting lineup either scored or drove in at least one run on the day, led by sophomore right fielder Nicholas Martino (East Brunswick, N.J.) and senior left fielder Brad Roberto (San Diego, Calif.), who scored three times each.
  • Baseball Edged by Slippery Rock in 12 Innings, 5-4
    March 10, 2019
    CARY, N.C. (March 10, 2019) – The Franklin Pierce University baseball team erased deficits of 2-0 and 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training complex, but were never able to claim the lead in a non-conference, neutral-site contest against Slippery Rock. Instead, a 12th-inning infield single by senior left fielder Ray Scala drove in the winning run, as The Rock dealt the Ravens a 5-4, extra-inning defeat. Senior left fielder Brad Roberto (San Diego, Calif.) went 2-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs for Franklin Pierce in defeat.
  • Baseball Doubles up Cedarville, 6-3
    March 09, 2019
    CARY, N.C. (March 9, 2019) – Three runs in the first four innings and 7.1 innings without allowing an earned run by graduate student right-hander Anthony Matarazzo (Medford, Mass.) was enough to get the job done on Saturday afternoon for the Franklin Pierce University baseball team. Senior left fielder Brad Roberto (San Diego, Calif.) and junior first baseman Jonel Ozuna (New York, N.Y.) added a pair of hits each, as the Ravens posted a 6-3, non-conference victory over Cedarville, on the team’s second day at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
  • Baseball Coughs Up Six-Run Lead, Falls to Slippery Rock, 9-7
    March 08, 2019
    CARY, N.C. (March 8, 2019) – The Franklin Pierce University baseball team opened a seven-day, eight-game trip to North Carolina with a bang on Friday afternoon, as the Ravens plated six runs over the opening four innings. However, it would not be enough in the non-conference tilt against Slippery Rock at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, as The Rock rallied with three in the seventh and four in the ninth to steal a 9-7 win from the Ravens. Junior first baseman Jonel Ozuna (New York, N.Y.) cranked his first home run of the season in defeat for Franklin Pierce.
  • Baseball Wraps up Myrtle Beach Trip with 8-7 Win over Mercy
    February 24, 2019
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (February 24, 2019) – It was a bounce-back day on Sunday morning for the Franklin Pierce University baseball team, after the squad was no-hit on Saturday evening in South Carolina. The Ravens posted nine runs on eight hits on Sunday, as they wrapped up their five-game, season-opening trip with an 8-7 win over non-conference opponent Mercy at The Ripken Experience. Franklin Pierce got home runs in the game from junior shortstop James Boria (Massapequa, N.Y.) and freshman designated hitter Jethro Hurt (New York, N.Y.).
  • Baseball Comes Up Hitless in 7-2 Loss to NYIT
    February 23, 2019
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (February 23, 2019) – The third day of the weekend trip to South Carolina did not go quite as well as the first two for the Franklin Pierce University baseball team, which was held without a hit while dropping a non-conference game to NYIT at The Ripken Experience. It was not the cleanest of no-hitters, as eight walks, three errors, two balks, two wild pitches and a hit batter combined to allow the Ravens to score two runs without the benefit of a hit. Still, it was not nearly enough to keep up with NYIT’s seven-run, 14-hit attack, as the Bears dealt the Ravens their first loss of the season, 7-2.
  • Pitching Stays Strong, Baseball Downs Bridgeport (13-1), No. 19 STAC (2-0) in Myrtle Beach
    February 22, 2019
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (February 22, 2019) – Graduate student right-hander Ryan Covelle (Medford, Mass.) and senior right-hander Anthony Matarazzo (Medford, Mass.) each turned in solid starts on Friday, as the Franklin Pierce University baseball team won a pair of non-conference games on the second day of its four-day trip to The Ripken Experience. Against Bridgeport, Covelle turned in seven innings of one-run ball as the Ravens rolled to a 13-1 victory. Later, against No. 19 nationally ranked St. Thomas Aquinas, Matarazzo struck out eight over seven shutout, four-hit innings in a 2-0 Franklin Pierce win.
  • Baseball Waxes Felician in Season Opener, 15-1
    February 21, 2019
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (February 21, 2019) – The Franklin Pierce University baseball team set out to make a statement on Opening Day in the Palmetto State on Thursday evening. Six Felician errors helped the cause, but putting those aside, it was still all Ravens all the time at The Ripken Experience, as the Franklin Pierce University baseball team rolled to a 15-1 non-conference win in the team’s season opener. Senior right-hander Zach Hart (Wallingford, Conn.) rang up 11 strikeouts over 6.2 innings of one-run ball for the Ravens, while senior left fielder Brad Roberto (San Diego, Calif.) and junior right fielder John Mead (Washington Township, N.J.) provided home runs in the romp.
  • Baseball's Zach Hart Featured in New England Baseball Journal
    September 20, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (September 20, 2018) -- Right-hander Zach Hart (Wallingford, Conn.) of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team helped lead the Wareham Gatemen to a title this summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League. After the conclusion of the summer league season, he was featured in the most recent issue of New England Baseball Journal. Click through to read the full article.