MILTON, Mass. -- The Bridgewater State University baseball team dropped an 8-7 decision in 11 innings to host Curry College on Wednesday afternoon at Jack Vallely Diamond.
The Colonels improve to 7-10 on the season, while the visiting Bears fall to 4-13 with their seventh straight setback.
John Cave's walk-off base hit with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning won the game for Curry. Jack Kallinich was hit by a pitch to open the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Cave then ripped a single down the right field line to plate Kallinich with the game-winning run.
Zachary Wensley picked up the win in relief for the Colonels. Wensley (2-1) worked two scoreless innings allowing a hit and three walks.
Greg Cavaioli took the loss on the mound for the Bears. Cavaioli, who was one of 11 BSU pitchers used on a staff day, faced just the three batters in the 11th.
Along with the 11 pitchers, Bridgewater also used 16 position players in the game.
Randy Frazier reached safely in four out of five plate appearances to pace the BSU offense. Frazier was 2-for-3 at the dish with a pair of walks and two runs batted in.
Alexander Pappas went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and three RBI for the Bears, while Tyler Morini went 2-for-4 with a run and Reed Pike walked twice and scored two runs in three plate appearances. Lewis Robinson was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks, a run and an RBI.
A Frazier RBI single and Pappas sacrifice fly staked the Bears to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Zach Bowden homered to get the Colonels on the board in the home half of the second and Mitchell Carvalho walked with the bases loaded later in the frame to knot the score at 2-2.
Pappas singled home Robinson to put Bridgewater back in front in the fourth, but Curry answered with an RBI ground out in the bottom of the inning to tie it up at 3-3.
The Bears pushed across four runs in the fifth to take a 7-3 lead. Sean Casey got the rally started with a sacrifice fly, while Robinson added an RBI single and Frazier walked with the bases loaded. A Pappas RBI ground out capped off the four-run inning.
Cave singled in a run to cut the deficit to 7-4 in the sixth. The Colonels then tied the game up at 7-7 with a three spot in the bottom of the seventh. Cave drove in the first run of the frame and later scored the game-tying run on an RBI single off the bat of Justin Cage.
The score would remain knotted at 7-7 until the decisive 11th inning.
Cave finished 3-for-7 at the plate with a run and three RBI.
The Colonels banged out 16 hits in the contest and were issued eight walks, while the Bears registered nine hits and nine walks. The two teams combined to leave 27 runners on base with the Colonels stranding 17.
In upcoming action, Bridgewater travels to Fitchburg State University on Saturday for a noontime MASCAC doubleheader with the Falcons.