Sloppy FPU outslugged at World Series
Franklin Pierce University almost erased a six-run deficit but eventually lost, 10-5, to Minnesota State-Mankato in the second round of the NCAA Division II World Series at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
Franklin Pierce out-hit the Mavericks 12-11 as Dan Kemp led the way with four. Derry's Zach Mathieu had two of his team's five RBIs. He has driven in 39 runs this season.
Down 6-0 after four innings, Franklin Pierce mounted a comeback, scoring their first run in the fifth inning. Matt Walsh doubled, went to third on a single from John Razzino and scored on a base hit from Matthew O'Herron.
Calvin Graves plated O'Herron with a single to right field and Kemp followed with a run-producing single to center to close the gap to 6-3.
Nick LaCroix walked, leaving Mathieu at second, but Walsh struck out swinging to end the inning.
In the eighth inning, Franklin Pierce threatened to take the lead with runners on second and third and two outs, but Graves popped out to second base, stranding the tying and go-ahead runs.
It was an uphill climb for the Ravens, starting in the first inning when Lucas Skjefte launched a first inning solo homer for the Mavericks.