Baseball Downed by Barry

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Merrimack baseball team dropped the final game of its trip to Florida to move to 6-4 on the season. The Warriors suffered a 16-2 loss to Barry Monday evening.

Merrimack racked up six hits in the contest while the Buccaneers recorded 17.

Barry grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a solo home run by Adrian English.

The Warriors jumped ahead 2-1 with RBIs single by Beau Batchelor and Mark O'Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.) in the top of the second.

In the bottom half of the frame, the Buccaneers reclaimed the lead with six runs to push the score to 7-2. Barry leveled the score at 2-2 on an RBI fielder's choice. With the bases loaded, Dean Green smacked a two-run double to left field to restore the home team's lead. The next batter, Matt Petty, cranked a double to deep left-center field to drive in a pair of runs for the Buccaneers.

Bill Humphrey (South Easton, Mass.) relieved Keith Johansen (Tyngsborough, Mass.) on the mound and retired the first batter he faced on three pitches to get Merrimack out of the inning.

Barry added a pair of runs in the fourth inning to extend its lead to 9-2.

The Warriors cracked back-to-back singles in the fifth to put runners on first and second with one out but both runners were stranded on base.

The home team tacked on four runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to increase the lead to 16-2.

In the top of the seventh inning, rookie Alex Ciullo (Fall River, Mass.) picked up his first collegiate base hit.

Humphrey went 3.1 innings and struck out two batters while allowing two earned runs. Alek Morency (Nashua, N.H.), Steve Chamberland (Bristol, Conn.) and Brian Wolfendale (Methuen, Mass.) all pitched one inning for Merrimack.

The Warriors return to North Andover to prepare for their Northeast-10 opener against Southern Connecticut March 26.