The 2012 Futures Collegiate Baseball League playoff picture is set. The match-ups have been determined and this Friday, your Brockton Rox will take on the first place Nashua Silver Knights at Campanelli Stadium for the first of a best-of-three series. This season, the Rox are 0-5 against the Silver Knights, however, all five games were decided by only one run.
The first of the five contests took place on June 12th at Nashua where the Silver Knights won a defensive struggle, 2-1, by way of a walk off single from Logan Gillis (Bentley). Then Rox went down early in second inning, 1-0, when Nashua’s first baseman Chris Shaw (Boston College) blasted a solo home run. The score held for seven innings until the top of the ninth, when Cohasset’s Rob McCunney (Fordham) tied the game with an RBI single. McCunney went 3-for-4 on the day with the only RBI for the Rox.
The second meeting between the two teams took place June 21st at Nashua. East Bridgewater’s Greg Baggett (Bentley) went 2-for-3 with three RBI’s and a run including a two run single. For most of the game the Brockton bats were in full swing. The Rox held a 7-4 lead until the bottom of the seventh, when Nashua scored four runs, highlighted Shaw’s fourth home run of the season and a two run double from Gillis, which made the score, 8-7, late in the game.
On July 9th, the third meeting between these two teams took place in Nashua again. Nashua won 3-2 in 12 innings to improve to their win streak to 13 games at the time. The Rox pitching staff battled hard, keeping Nashua’s bats quiet. Chris Kalica (Fairfield) went four scoreless innings before letting up a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth. Kalica went six innings with seven strikeouts, no walks and only one earned run. In 12 innings, the Rox pitching staff only surrendered two earned runs and only walked two. Offensively, the Rox rallied in the seventh to pull within one run when Mansfield’s Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt) roped an RBI double to plate Nick Colucci (Boston College) and made it, 2-1. Then in the ninth, Colucci scored again from second to send the game to extra innings, where the Silver Knights outlasted the Rox.
The fourth meeting between Nashua and Brockton took place six days later on July 15th at Campanelli Stadium. Despite a heroic effort from Norton native Sean Ryan (Wheaton), who got on base in all five of his plate appearances, the Rox fell 2-1. The Rox pitching staff once again kept the Nashua bats silent, holding them scoreless through five innings until Nashua rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth.
The fifth and most recent contest between these two teams took place on July 18th at Campanelli Stadium. The Rox jumped out to a 2-1 lead thanks to an RBI single in the first inning from Vito Perna (Southeastern Louisiana) that scored Ryan and a second inning RBI groundout from Luis Gonzalez (Concordia) that scored Baggett. However, after a leadoff walk from Gillis opened the fifth inning, Katsiroubas launched an RBI double into the right-center field gap that plated Gillis and tied the game. Moments later, Jon Minucci (Southern New Hampshire) belted a one-out single to center field to score Katsiroubas and give the visitors a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
QUICK FACTS: BROCKTON vs. NASHUA
-Sean Ryan batting average against Nashua is .500 in 14 at bats with one RBI and two runs scored and a slugging percentage of .571
-Greg Baggett is batting .316 against Nashua with three RBIs. He has yet to hit a homerun against Nashua despite having seven home runs on the season, good for fourth best in the league
-Rob McCunney is batting .375 in eight at bats with one RBI against Nashua.
-Michael Romano has pitched six innings against Nashua without letting up an earned run as a relief pitcher
-Vito Perna and Craig LeJeune (George Washington) combined for five innings pitched without letting up an earned run against Nashua as relief pitchers.
-Joe Fasano has faced Nashua the most on the current Rox roster starting twice and pitching nine innings. He has a 4.00 ERA and is 0-1, however has a 2.24 ERA against all teams other than Nashua.
-Brockton has not hit a homerun against Nashua.
-Brockton has lost every game by only one run including two walk off losses and one extra inning loss.
-Brockton is hitting just .218 against Nashua.
-Brockton has a .291 ERA against Nashua.
-Brockton has 39 hits compared to Nashua’s 43 hits in the season series.