March 12, 2011

Baseball Drops Pair of Non-Conference Contests, Rematches Set for Sunday

CHESTER, N.Y. – The Merrimack baseball team suffered a 7-6 loss to Dominican (N.Y.) and an 8-6 loss to St. Anselm in non-conference action. The Warriors fall to 1-3 on the season and will take on the Chargers and Hawks Sunday at The Rock Sports Park.

In the first game of the weekend, Merrimack was paced by Tim Curran (South Weymouth, Mass.) with a 2-for-3 effort from the dish with an RBI and a walk. Mark O'Flynn went 2-for-5 and stole a base while Brett Julian (Weymouth, Mass.) and Mike Dooling (Milford, Conn.) each recorded a hit and an RBI.

Chris Pinette (Norwood, Mass.) was tagged with the loss as he dropped to 0-1 on the hill.

In the game two of the day, Merrimack was led by Eddie Newton (North Billerica, Mass.) with a pair of hits and three RBIs against Dominican. Eight different Warriors registered a hit in the game.

O'Flynn led off the game with a double to left field but was stranded on base. Merrimack claimed a 2-0 lead on the Chargers in the second inning. Joe Mantoni (Hopedale, Mass.) and Joe Santos (Ashland, Mass.) drew back-to-back walks and each moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Paul Manganiello (Levittown, N.Y.). Newton laced a double to left-center to plate Mantoni and Santos.

Dominican chopped the Warriors' advantage in half with an RBI double by Christopher Gonzalez in the bottom of the second.

The Chargers went ahead in the third frame by pushing a pair of runs across the plate on three hits.

The score remained 3-2 in favor of Dominican until the seventh inning as Merrimack reclaimed the lead with two runs. The Warriors' edge did not hold long as the Chargers scored four times in the bottom half of the inning to go up 7-4.

A pair of runs in the eighth frame pulled Merrimack to within one but Dominican buckled down and did not surrender another run as it held on for a 7-6 win to improve to 2-2 overall.

Keith Johansen (Tyngsborough, Mass.) pitched six innings for the Warriors and allowed just three runs while striking out six. Bill Humphrey (South Easton, Mass.) fanned a pair of batters in an inning of relief pitching and endured his first loss of the season to move to 0-1 on the mound.