By Dan Harrison
---- — Cato Lacroix pitched 72/3 strong innings for Salem State and the Vikings plated five runs in the eighth inning to down Worcester State, 7-1, in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference quarterfinals at Salem State yesterday.
“I think our approach (at the plate) early in the game paid off later in the game,” explained Salem State head coach Mike Ward, his team 23-12 overall. “Our guys saw a lot of pitches early because they were patient at the plate.”
Centerfielder Ethan Trowt was sharp along with shortstop Ryan Beliveau, who made a handful of plays to help Lacroix. The SSU starter meanwhile threw strikes all game and walked just two batters.
Peabody native Andrew Guido came in to relieve Lacroix in the eighth with two men on and Worcester State’s top of the lineup coming to bat. Guido induced a grounder to Beliveau and then closed the door in the ninth to give the Vikings the win.
“That was a big spot and once again, he (Guido) got the ground out to shortstop. He’s done that for us all year,” said Ward, who also talked about Beliveau. “Beliveau has been fantastic all year long. His defense has been ridiculously solid.”
Richard Fecteau and Mike Lamothe had two RBI each while Kyle McElroy laid down a great bunt in the eighth to continue the rally. SSU will play Framingham State today at 1 p.m. at home in the league semi-finals.
Former Bishop Fenwick standout David Ruggiero started for Worcester State and recorded a hit.