WALTHAM, Mass. — Junior Mike Dowd drove in four runs and scored two more as Franklin Pierce, ranked 15th in Division II this week, ran its winning streak to nine games with a 12-2 victory against Bentley in Northeast-10 Conference baseball Wednesday afternoon at DeFelice Field.
The Ravens, 20-4 overall and 6-0 in the NE-10, used single runs in the first and second innings to take the early lead and broke the contest open with seven runs in the fourth inning. All seven were unearned as the result of an errant throw on a pickoff and six of the seven scored after two batters had been retired in the inning.
A two-run single up the middle by Dowd made it a 6-0 game and senior designated hitter Derek Ingui followed with a two-run double to deep center.
Bentley (6-13, 0-4 NE-10) got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with four consecutive singles, the first three all softly hit to right. With the bases loaded, freshman Dante Padovani hit a slow roller up the third base line. The play was made to home, and junior Greg Baggett beat the throw to score the Falcons’ first run.
Bentley picked up its other run in the eighth when senior center fielder Chris Hardy scored from third after an errant throw on a stolen base.
The Falcons finished with nine hits, including three by sophomore shortstop Logan Gillis, who ran his hitting streak to nine games. Freshman second baseman Nathan Witkowski had a two-hit game, but Hardy saw his hitting streak end at 12. He flied out twice, was hit by a pitch and drew a four-pitch walk in his final at bat.
Dowd was 3 for 5 for Franklin Pierce, and freshman first baseman Zack Mathieu had two hits for the Ravens, who finished with a total of 12 hits.
Sophomore righty Joe Flynn earned the win for Franklin Pierce, his second in four decisions, after allowing seven hits and one run in six innings.