Falcons slated to open 2019 season at Salve Regina on March 2nd
Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State baseball team's 2019 season has been announced with the Falcons slated play a total of 40 games, including seven games during its annual spring trip to Lake Myrtle, Florida.
The Green and Gold concluded last season with an overall record of 13-17-2 and a 6-7-1 mark with Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play, en-route to earning the fifth seed in the 2018 MASCAC Baseball post-season tournament.
This season, Fitchburg State is scheduled to play two teams who qualified for the 2018 NCAA DIII Regionals, while also playing six teams that won at least 20 games last season.
"We should compete towards the top half of our conference." Said Fitchburg State head baseball coach Kevin Barnaby. "Our conference is very deep this year and with the new three game format being implemented, it will be a grind each week" continued Barnaby.
Sophomore Ryan Towle (Westfield, Mass.) is the Falcons top returning pitcher from last season after posting a team-best 1.53 ERA, while classmate Nicholas Cordeau (Melrose, Mass.) ranked second on the squad with a .304 batting average.
Other impact returners include junior Brennan Cuddahy (Leominster, Mass.), who hit .258 with 20 RBI, while classmate Richard Sharp (Townsend, Mass.) concluded the 2018 season with an overall record of 2-2 with an ERA of 2.89.
Senior Tommy Parsons (Peabody, Mass.) provides the Falcons pitching squad with some leadership after registering 43 strikeouts during his junior campaign, while veteran Noah Millard (Leominster, Mass.) adds versatility for the Green and Gold in both the infield and outfield after batting .324 with 23 hits, including six doubles, two homers, 16 runs scored and 13 RBI.
Top incoming players for the Green and Gold this season are freshman Brendan Ferrell and Vincent Eramo among others.
"Our 2019 schedule includes a mix of tough non-conference opponents such as Fontbonne, Suffolk, Salve Regina and Clark, in addition to the always competitive MASCAC slate of games, which include Salem State, Framingham State and Westfield State as well as MCLA, Mass. Maritime, Bridgewater State and Sterling Cup rival Worcester State" said head baseball coach Kevin Barnaby.
The Falcons open their 2019 slate on March 2nd as they travel to Salve Regina before visiting Curry College the following day for a pair of non-conference match ups to open the season before taking on Newbury College on Tuesday, March 5th.
Fitchburg State then embarks on its annual spring trip to Lake Myrtle, Fla., where the Falcons will take on Fontbonne (3/9), Becker (DH) (3/10), Dickinson (3/11), Cornell College (3/14) and Suffolk (DH) (3/15) before returning up north with visits to Anna Maria (3/19) and WPI (3/22).
The Green and Gold will have their home opener on March 23rd as they host the Anchormen of Rhode Island College for a twin billing before traveling to Lasell (3/29). Fitchburg State opens conference play (3/29), hosting Mass. Maritime Academy for the first of a three game series at the New England Baseball Complex, while traveling to MMA the following day for a conference double header.
Fitchburg State continues its conference slate with a trip to Worcester State (4/3) for a single game before traveling to MCLA (4/5) for another single. The Falcons then host the Trailblazers (4/6) and Worcester State (4/9) for a pair of MASCAC double headers.
The Green and Gold host Bridgewater State (4/12) for the first of their three game series before heading to BSU the following day for a MASCAC double header. Following a non-conference matchup at Rivier (4/16), Fitchburg State will host Salem State (4/18) for a single game, while traveling to SSU on April 19th for a conference twin bill.
Fitchburg State's non-conference swing continues, visiting Clark University (4/23) before returning to conference action on April 26th as they host Framingham State for a double-header. The Falcons travel to Framingham State on the following day before hosting Gordon College (4/30) to close out Fitchburg State's non-conference slate.
The Falcons visit Westfield State on May 3rd for single MASCAC clash, before closing out the 2019 regular season on May 4th as they host the Owls for a conference twin billing at Riccards Field.
The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament starts on May 9th and runs through the championship game on May 12th.