BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The Johnson & Wales University baseball team got an early lead Thursday and hung on for a non-conference victory at Bridgewater State. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 6-5.
Bridgewater State: 4-10
Johnston & Wales: 11-6
After Johnson & Wales got a run in the first on an Edison Mercado RBI single, a trio of BSU errors led to a three-run third inning. Vin Amalfitano and Rob Ballinger both reached on errors. Mercado capped the scoring with an RBI double to score Ballinger.
Aidan Hagarty got the sixth inning started with a single, moved up third on a wild pitch and ground out then scored on a Rich Bourdeau single. Bourdeau stole second and came around to score for the second time on an Amalfitano single.
The Bears got runs in the sixth and seventh plus two in the ninth, but Steve Rocchio recorded the final out for his first collegiate save. Starter Josh Mousseau gave up one unearned run with six strikeouts in five innings to improve to 2-1.
Johnson & Wales opens GNAC play on Saturday when it travels to Anna Maria for a 4 p.m. doubleheader.