Northboro, Mass. - Kyle Hodgson (Berkley, Mass.) outdueled Salem State's Stephen Keskindis (Stomeham, Mass.) as the Rams defeated Salem State 1-0 in game one of a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) doubleheader this afternoon at the New England Baseball Complex. Game two was called at the end of the fourth inning due to rain with Salem State ahead 3-0 and will be made up tomorrow in its entirety at Salem State, beginning at 3:30 PM.
Hodgson and Salem's Stephen Keskindis were locked in a scoreless pitcher's duel in the opener with Hodgson allowing just five hits to the Vikings and Keskindis allowing four to the Rams through the first six innings. Salem State threatened in the top of the seventh with two outs. Luke Eggers (Duxbury, Mass.) singled to left and Kyle O'Connor (Lynn, Mass.) followed with a single putting runners on first and second. Hodgson was able to induce a ground out for the final out of the inning.
Senior Matt Fogarty (Millis, Mass.) walked on four straight pitches to lead off the bottom of the seventh. After an out Fogarty moved to second on a wild pitch and third on a ground out. Junior Cory Caraher (Plymouth, Mass.) followed with an RBI single up the middle giving the Rams the walk off victory.
With the victory, Hodgson improves to 5-1 on the year after going seven scoreless innings allowing seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Keskindis took the loss allowing just one earned run on five this with eight strikeouts and three walks.