Late Runs Lift Baseball to Shutout Win over Molloy, 4-0

BOCA RATON, FL- The Merrimack baseball team extended its winning streak to eight games Saturday afternoon with a 4-0 victory over Molloy at Lynn University. The Warriors' overall record escalates to 9-6 while the Lions slip to 7-12 on the season.

"It was great to get another win against a quality opponent. We were able to battle and get another great pitching performance," said head coach Jim Martin. "We were able to get some two-strike RBIs. We look forward to another great challenge tomorrow."

Casey Cotter (North Hampton, NH) went 3-for-4 from the plate to lead Merrimack offensively while also adding a run scored. Mark O'Flynn (Ipswich, MA) picked up a pair of hits and came across to score once. Joe Mantoni (Northbridge, MA), Brett Julian (Weymouth, MA) and Dionys Quezada (Lawrence, MA) each collected one hit in the win.

On the mound, Mike Laracy (Weymouth, MA) tossed six innings and scattered three hits while striking out five batsmen to claim his first victory of the season. Beau Batchelor (Peabody, MA) pitched three innings of scoreless relief and allowed just two base hits to record his first career save.

With the two teams knotted at 0-0 entering the seventh inning, the Warriors' bats came to life to produce three runs. Cotter led off the frame with a single and a sacrifice bunt by Mantoni put him into scoring position. O'Flynn followed with a single to left to give Merrimack runners on the corners with one out. Quezada plated the contest's first runs with a two-run triple before Julian picked up an RBI single.

The Warriors added a run in the ninth to expand the margin to four runs. Mantoni collected a lead-off single and scooted to second on a wild pitch. John Pastyrnak (Bristol, CT) entered the game as a pinch runner and advanced to third on a groundout. The rookie came home on a fielder's choice to finish off the scoring.

Merrimack will close out its trip to the Sunshine State with games against Southern Connecticut March 18 and 19.