MANCHESTER, NH - Despite his 196th career hit in the form of a home run to give the baseball team a 1-0 lead, senior Brendan Pyburn (Peabody, MA) and the Warriors fell 5-1 at Saint Anselm Thursday afternoon in non-Conference action.
Pyburn's solo shot in the first was one of four Warrior hits in an afternoon the Warriors stranded seven runners and committed three errors. Saint Anselm (11-28) was not without their follies, committing three errors--albeit less costly--as well.
With his team-best 43rd hit (.333 BA) of the year, Pyburn extended his hitting streak to 11 games dating back to April 13 against Southern New Hampshire.
Merrimack falls to 16-16 on the year with a pair of doubleheaders this weekend to close out the regular season. Three of the four contests are Conference match-ups that may decide the Warriors playoff fate as they currently reside in the eighth spot and two games out of the sixth and final playoff spot.
Saturday is a Conference doubleheader at Pace University (noon) and Sunday is 'Senior Day' in a Conference/non-Conference contest with Southern New Hampshire at noon in a make-up from April 18th.
For the Warriors on Thursday, freshman Joe Mantoni (Hopedale, MA) started on the mound and went 5.2 innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out four batters. Both first inning runs for the Hawks were unearned after a fielding error to lead off the inning. Saint Anselm would tack on another run in the third after another error by the visitors.
In his second career appearance, freshman Brian Wolfendale (Methuen, MA) relieved Mantoni and did not give up a run on two hits in 2.1 innings.
Freshmen Beau Bathelor (Peabody, MA) and Paul Manganiell (Levittown, NY) each tallied a hit for the Warriors.