GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — The Franklin Pierce baseball team’s postseason ride came to an end Friday. On the second day of the NCAA Championship East Regional, the Ravens suffered two losses at William J. Bonomo Field — 9-3 to NYIT and 12-10 to Wilmington (Del.) — and were eliminated from the tournament.
In the first game, the eighth-seeded Ravens (29-24) fell into an early hole, giving up six runs through the first five innings to fifth-seeded NYIT. Franklin Pierce rallied for three runs in the sixth — with Jonel Ozuna scoring on a wild pitch, Carmine Giordano coming in on a sacrifice fly by Joel Lara and Dylan Jones driving in James Boria with a single to right — but that was all it could muster.
Zach Hart struck out eight batters in 6.2 innings pitched, but also gave up eight runs, six earned, on 10 hits and two walks to wind up with the loss.
The Ravens fell into another early hole against Wilmington, trailing 6-0 through the top of the fourth, but made a much stronger attempt at a comeback.
The team rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fourth, then added another in the sixth to cut the lead to one. But Wilmington added to its lead with two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth, and although Franklin Pierce kept pace with two of its own in the seventh and three in the eighth, it could never quite catch up.
Senior Ural Forbes exploded in his final game with the Ravens, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Jones was 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI, while John Mead went 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI and Jethro Hurt finished 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI.