2018 Baseball News

  • Kauffman Joins USA Baseball Women’s National Team Coaching Staff
    June 14, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H (June 14, 2018) – Assistant coach and alum Cody Kauffman ’12 of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been selected to join the coaching staff of the USA Baseball Women’s National Team this summer, as announced earlier this spring by USA Baseball. Kauffman and the rest of the staff have already begun to build the team, and will then prepare the squad for World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s Baseball World Cup in August.
  • Baseball’s Friday Named to ABCA All-East Region Second Team
    June 11, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (June 11, 2018) – Senior third baseman John Friday (Southborough, Mass.) of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-East Region Second Team, as announced earlier this spring by the ABCA.
  • Baseball’s Friday Named to NCBWA All-East Region Second Team
    June 05, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (June 5, 2018) – Senior third baseman John Friday (Southborough, Mass.) of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-East Region Second Team, as announced earlier this spring by the NCBWA. In addition, senior center fielder Adam Chase (Bridgewater, Mass.) and junior right-hander Zach Hart (Wallingford, Conn.) each earned All-East Region Honorable Mention nods from the NCBWA.
  • Baseball’s Amendola Earns Academic All-District Honors from CoSIDA
    June 01, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (June 1, 2018) – Senior right-hander John Amendola (Wallingford, Conn.) of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District I First Team, as announced earlier this spring by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). As a result of the selection, Amendola advances to the Academic All-America ballot.
  • Baseball to Send Three to NEIBA All-Star Game
    May 31, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (May 31, 2018) – The Franklin Pierce University baseball team has had three players selected to participate in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-Star Game, as announced on Wednesday by the NEIBA. This year’s game is scheduled for noon on Thursday, May 31, at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.
  • Baseball’s Friday, Hart Earn CCA All-East Region Honors
    May 25, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (May 25, 2018) – Senior third baseman John Friday (Southborough, Mass.) and junior right-hander Zach Hart (Wallingford, Conn.) have both earned All-East Region Second Team selections from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, as announced earlier this month by the CCA.
  • Baseball Comes up Short, Sees Season End in 5-4 Loss to No. 8/16 New Haven
    May 20, 2018
    PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (May 20, 2018) – Trailing by two runs through eight innings on Sunday afternoon, the fifth-seeded Franklin Pierce University baseball team was able to get the tying run to the plate, but no further, in an elimination game on the fourth day of the NCAA Championship East Regional, hosted by University of New Haven, at Peter X. Finnerty Field on the campus of Pace University. The Ravens plated one run in the ninth, but still came up one run short, as they saw their season end in a 5-4 loss, at the hands of host, top seed and No. 8/16 nationally ranked New Haven. Senior catcher Stephen Octave (New Windsor, N.Y.) homered for Franklin Pierce in the fourth inning of what would be his final collegiate game.
  • (UPDATED 1 p.m. Sat with weather info) PREVIEW: Baseball to Face Le Moyne with Season on Line at Third Day of NCAA East Regional
    May 19, 2018
    PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (May 19, 2018) – If the stakes were not already high enough, things get even more serious on Saturday afternoon, as the fifth-seeded Franklin Pierce University baseball team will take to Peter X. Finnerty Field with its backs to the wall on the third day of the NCAA Championship East Regional, hosted by University of New Haven, on the campus of Pace University. The Ravens will match up with third-seeded Le Moyne in an elimination game scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., though weather in the region looks to be wet on Saturday and may force schedule adjustments.
  • Hart Goes Seven Strong, Baseball Downs Le Moyne, 6-2, in Elimination Game at NCAA East Regional
    May 19, 2018
    PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (May 19, 2018) – With the season on the line, junior right-hander Zach Hart (Wallingford, Conn.) helped the fifth-seeded Franklin Pierce University baseball team take its first step back in the loser’s bracket on Saturday night, on the third day of the NCAA Championship East Regional, hosted by University of New Haven, at Pace University. Hart collected eight strikeouts over seven innings of four-hit ball, as the Ravens eliminated third-seeded Le Moyne with a 6-2 victory at Peter X. Finnerty Field. In back-to-back at-bats in a pivotal, three-run fifth, senior center fielder Adam Chase (Bridgewater, Mass.) clubbed a two-run double and senior third baseman John Friday (Southborough, Mass.) provided an RBI triple.
  • Four Errors, Quiet Bats Spell 7-2 Loss for Baseball Against No. 23 SNHU on First Day of NCAA East Regional
    May 17, 2018
    PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (May 17, 2018) – A two-out error by sophomore shortstop Joe Napolitano (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) led to three unearned runs, as part of a four-run bottom of the second inning, which put the fifth-seeded Franklin Pierce University baseball team behind for good on Thursday night, on the first day of the NCAA Championship East Regional. The miscue was part of a four-error showing by the Ravens, who tallied just five hits at Peter X. Finnerty Field, on the way to a 7-2 loss to fourth-seeded and No. 23 nationally ranked Southern New Hampshire in each team’s first game of the double-elimination tournament, which is being hosted by the University of New Haven, on the campus of Pace University. Making only his third start of the season, junior right-hander Jake Walkinshaw went the distance on 122 pitches for the Penmen.
  • PREVIEW: Baseball Opens Pursuit of Eighth NCAA Regional Title Against Rival SNHU
    May 16, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (May 16, 2018) – For the 14th time in school history, the Franklin Pierce University baseball team will make an appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Ravens, who are the East Region’s fifth seed, will open pursuit of their eighth NCAA Regional title on Thursday night, when they face fourth-seeded Southern New Hampshire. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Peter X. Finnerty Field, on the campus of Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y.
  • Baseball Selected as Fifth Seed in NCAA Championship East Regional
    May 13, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (May 13, 2018) – Following a one-year hiatus, the Franklin Pierce University baseball team returns to the NCAA Championship later this week, as the Ravens have been selected as the fifth seed in the NCAA Championship East Regional, as announced Sunday night by the NCAA. The Ravens earned an at-large bid in the seven-team, double-elimination tournament, which will run Thursday, May 17 through Monday, May 21, at Peter X. Finnerty Field, on the campus of Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y., though the tournament is being hosted by top-seeded University of New Haven. Franklin Pierce will open pursuit of its eighth regional crown at 7 p.m. on Thursday against fourth-seeded Southern New Hampshire.
  • Three on First Team Headline Seven All-NE10 Selections for Baseball
    May 09, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (May 9, 2018) – Senior third baseman John Friday (Southborough, Mass.), senior center fielder Adam Chase (Bridgewater, Mass.) and junior right-hander Zach Hart (Wallingford, Conn.) have all been named to the All-Northeast-10 Conference First Team, which headlines seven All-Conference selections for the Franklin Pierce University baseball team, as announced on Wednesday by the NE10 office. In all, the Ravens had eight players honored in the NE10’s end-of-the-season awards.
  • Missed Chances Haunt Baseball in 5-3 (11 inn.) Loss to Merrimack in First Round of NE10 Championship
    May 08, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (May 8, 2018) – The second-seeded Franklin Pierce University baseball team left 12 men on base on Tuesday night, including six men in scoring position, which would prove costly, as the Ravens dropped a 5-3 decision in 11 innings to visiting and third-seeded Merrimack in a Northeast Division matchup in the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship. Merrimack junior second baseman Anthony Garbarino provided the pivotal hit at Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field, as he clubbed a two-run double in the top of the 11th to break at 3-3 tie.
  • PREVIEW: Baseball Opens Pursuit of Sixth NE10 Title with First-Round Tilt vs. Merrimack
    May 07, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (May 7, 2018) – For the 18th straight season, the Franklin Pierce University baseball team will make an appearance in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship. The Ravens, who are the Northeast Division’s second seed, will open pursuit of their Conference-record sixth NE10 title on Tuesday night, when they host third-seeded Merrimack in the first round. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field.
  • Baseball’s Friday Named NE10 Player of the Week
    May 07, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (May 7, 2018) – Senior third baseman John Friday (Southborough, Mass.) of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been named Nortehast-10 Conference Player of the Week, for the week ending on May 6, as announced on Monday by the Conference office.
  • Early Offense, Glew’s Return Lead Baseball Past Saint Michael’s, 7-1, in Regular Season Finale
    May 04, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (May 4, 2018) – The Franklin Pierce University baseball team wrapped up the regular season in style on Friday afternoon at Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field. The Ravens plated four runs in the top of the first and never looked back, as they cruised to a 7-1 win over Saint Michael’s in Northeast-10 Conference, Northeast Division play. Making his first start since April 18, junior left-hander Evan Glew (North Andover, Mass.) allowed one run over 5.1 innings on the way to the win.
  • Pitching Piles Up Punchouts as Baseball Sweeps Twinbill from Saint Michael’s, 6-4 and 6-3
    May 03, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (May 3, 2018) – Five pitchers for the Franklin Pierce University baseball team combined to chalk up 24 strikeouts over 18 innings of work to lead the way in a doubleheader sweep of Saint Michael’s at Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field on Thursday afternoon. Junior right-hander Zach Hart (Wallingford, Conn.) started the first game and fanned 10 over six innings on the hill, while senior right-hander Ryan Covelle (Medford, Mass.) followed with eight strikeouts over 6.2 innings of three-hit ball in the second game of the Northeast-10 Conference, Northeast Division twinbill.
  • Chase, Boria, Bats Lead Baseball in 15-3 Romp at Saint Anselm
    May 02, 2018
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (May 2, 2018) – A day after getting eight scoreless innings from a reliever in a tight game, the Franklin Pierce University baseball team took care of Saint Anselm with the bats on the road on Wednesday afternoon. The Ravens hammered out 13 hits on the day, including six as part of a nine-run eighth inning, on the way to a 15-3 win in Northeast-10 Conference, Northeast Division play at Sullivan Park. Senior center fielder Adam Chase (Bridgewater, Mass.) hit 4-for-4 with a grand slam, while sophomore second baseman James Boria (Massapequa, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer.
  • Baseball’s Chase Named NE10 Co-Player of the Week
    May 01, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (May 1, 2018) – Senior center fielder Adam Chase (Bridgewater, Mass.) of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been named Northeast-10 Conference Co-Player of the week, for the week ending on April 29, as announced on Monday afternoon by the NE10. Chase shares the award with Southern New Hampshire senior outfielder Caleb Potter.
  • Steeves Lights Out as Baseball Opens Busy Week with 4-2 Win at Saint Anselm
    May 01, 2018
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (May 1, 2018) – After the Franklin Pierce University baseball team had surrendered two runs at Saint Anselm in the bottom of the first on Tuesday afternoon, graduate student right-hander Sam Steeves (Dorchester, Mass.) took the ball for the second inning and said “No more!” on behalf of the Ravens. In the signature outing of his career, Steeves fired eight scoreless innings of relief, allowed just four hits and struck out five. Meanwhile, Franklin Pierce scored single runs in the third and fourth innings, and followed with a pair in the sixth to rally for a 4-2 win in Northeast-10 Conference, Northeast Division play at Sullivan Park. Senior right fielder Zack Tower (Auburn, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with a home run and scored twice for the Ravens.
  • Baseball Takes Senior Day Twinbill, 9-0 and 12-8, to Finish Weekend Sweep of Bentley
    April 28, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (April 28, 2018) – Aptly, it was a pair of seniors who led the charge for the Franklin Pierce University baseball team on Saturday, as the Ravens swept a Senior Day doubleheader from visiting Bentley at Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field. In the first game, senior right-hander Ryan Covelle (Medford, Mass.) fired a four-hit shutout -- the first complete game of his career -- with 10 strikeouts, as Franklin Pierce rolled to a 9-0 win. In the second game, senior center fielder Adam Chase (Bridgewater, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a two-run triple, to key a 12-8 Ravens victory.
  • Jones Single Wins it in 10th as Baseball Betters Bentley, 7-6
    April 27, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (April 27, 2018) – For the second time this year on its home field, the Franklin Pierce University baseball team picked up a win in its last at-bat at Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field on Friday night. A two-out single in the last of the 10th by sophomore designated hitter Dylan Jones (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) capitalized on a Bentley error and brought senior center fielder Adam Chase (Bridgewater, Mass.) home from second with the winning run in a 7-6 Ravens victory. Senior third baseman John Friday (Southborough, Mass.) and senior right fielder Zack Tower (Auburn, Mass.) each hit home runs in the Northeast-10 Conference, Northeast Division victory for Franklin Pierce, while junior right fielder Brandon Grover socked a grand slam for Bentley.
  • Six-Run Fifth Paces Baseball in 11-6 win at Assumption
    April 26, 2018
    WORCESTER, Mass. (April 26, 2018) – Perhaps taking out some aggression from the team’s last two outings, the Franklin Pierce University baseball team came out hitting on Thursday afternoon at Rocheleau Field. The big inning was a six-run top of the fifth, as the Ravens collected 11 runs on 13 hits overall, on the way to an 11-6 road win over Assumption in Northeast-10 Conference, Northeast Division play.
  • Former Baseball Standout Matt Walsh to be Inducted into Plymouth Athletic Hall of Fame
    April 25, 2018
    RINDGE, N.H. (April 25, 2018) -- Matt Walsh, who was a four-year standout for the Franklin Pierce University baseball team, will be inducted into the Plymouth Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 29. For more information about Walsh's induction and the event itself, please click through to find the linked story from the Old Colony Memorial.
  • Six-Run First Dooms Baseball in 12-4 Loss at SNHU
    April 24, 2018
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (April 24, 2018) – A Sunday afternoon nightmare extended into a full-on night terror on Tuesday for the Franklin Pierce University baseball team at Penmen Field. In the bottom of the first, the first four Southern New Hampshire batters reached via an error, a walk, another error to score two runs, and a two-run homer, giving the Penmen a 4-0 lead before the Ravens even recorded an out. It was all part of a six-run first inning for SNHU, which went on to a 12-4 victory in Northeast-10 Conference, Northeast Division play.
  • Things Fall Apart in Ninth as Baseball Loses at Stonehill, 5-4
    April 22, 2018
    EASTON, Mass. (April 22, 2018) – Leading 4-1 heading for the bottom of the ninth inning, the Franklin Pierce University baseball team went into full-on meltdown mode at Lou Gorman Field on Sunday afternoon. Two walks, two hit batsmen, an error and a pair of base hits added up to a four-run last of the ninth for home-standing Stonehill, which siphoned away a 5-4 win in Northeast-10 Conference, Northeast Division play. A bases-loaded walk to junior designated hitter Patrick Downey forced home the winning run with two outs.
  • Bats Plate 19 Runs as Baseball Sweeps Twinbill at Stonehill, 12-4 and 7-3
    April 21, 2018
    EASTON, Mass. (April 21, 2018) – It was full steam ahead for the Franklin Pierce University baseball team offensively on Saturday afternoon on the road at Stonehill. The Ravens piled up 19 runs on 28 hits over the course of a doubleheader sweep of the Skyhawks, as Franklin Pierce posted wins of 12-4 and 7-3. Senior center fielder Adam Chase (Bridgewater, Mass.) hit a grand slam as part of a five-RBI outing in the first game at Lou Gorman Field, while junior right-hander Zach Hart (Wallingford, Conn.) struck out seven over eight innings of work in the second game of the Northeast-10 Conference, Northeast Division double-dip.
  • Baseball Takes Care of Business at AIC, 4-1
    April 18, 2018
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 18, 2018) – A run in the top of the first inning set the tone early for the Franklin Pierce University baseball team on Wednesday afternoon at Bedard Field. The Ravens then added single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings on the way to a 4-1 road win over American International in non-conference play. A trio of Franklin Pierce pitchers held the Yellow Jackets to one run on seven hits in the victory.
  • Hart Lights Out in First Game, but Baseball Settles for Doubleheader Split at Assumption
    April 14, 2018
    WORCESTER, Mass. (April 14, 2018) – Junior right-hander Zach Hart (Wallingford, Conn.) nearly took care of business himself in the first game of a Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, as he fired eight scoreless innings and struck out nine at Rocheleau Field. The offense added two runs in the first and two more in the fifth, as the Franklin Pierce University baseball team notched a 4-0 win over Assumption. Things were wildly different in the second game, as Ravens pitching surrendered 15 hits and eight runs to one of the NE10’s bottom-five offenses. Franklin Pierce rallied in the middle innings to take a 7-6 lead, but single runs in the seventh and eighth lifted Assumption to an 8-7 win and the doubleheader split.
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