CHESTER, N.Y. – A day after dropping non-conference games to St. Anselm and Dominican, the Merrimack baseball team claimed a pair of victories over the same teams. The Warriors defeated St. Anselm 5-3 and blanked Dominican 3-0 at The Rock Sports Park. Merrimack moves to 3-3 overall on the season following the two wins.
In game two of the weekend series against the Hawks, the Warriors were led by Joe Mantoni (Hopedale, Mass.) with two hits and a winning-performance on the mound to improve to 1-0 as a pitcher. Mike Dooling (Milford, Conn.) drove in two runs with a double while CJ Flannery and Eddie Newton each recorded a hit.
Brett Julian (Weymouth, Mass.) earned his first save of the 2011 season by not allowing a single batter to reach base in the ninth inning.
In his first collegiate start, rookie Conner McMahon (Westfield, Mass.) pitched a gem by tossing eight shutout innings to stifle the Chargers. McMahon registered five strikeouts while allowing three hits and one walk. Julian came on in the ninth inning and shut the door, sitting down all three batters in order for the second time on the day to pick up another save.
At the dish, Julian went 3-for-4 and stole two bases in the final game of the weekend. Mark O'Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.) and Dooling each cracked an RBI double and finished with a pair of hits. Mantoni also plated a run with a two-bagger for the Warriors.
"We played extremely well today and I was pleased with the way that we responded from yesterday's tough losses," said head coach Jim Martin.
The Warriors will travel to Florida for a four-game swing starting March 19.