NORTH ANDOVER, MA- The Merrimack baseball team suffered a 7-1 loss to #7/16 Southern NH Saturday afternoon at Warrior Diamond. The loss drops the Warriors to 11-13 overall and 0-2 in the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Conference. The Penmen improve to 23-2 on the season and 2-0 in divisional play.
Alan Pastyrnak (Bristol, CT), Tim Curran (Weymouth, MA), Eddie Newton (North Billerica, MA) and Brett Julian (Weymouth, MA) all collected a base knock in the game for Merrimack. Julian registered the Warriors' lone RBI on the day.
On the mound, Travis Terrill (Hudson, NH) pitched seven innings in his sixth start of the year and struck out a pair of batters while allowing six hits. Chris Pinette (Norwood, MA) tossed the eighth inning and Danny Karasinski (Staten Island, NY) worked the ninth with two strikeouts.
"Today's game was a very close game through out," said head coach Jim Martin. "I'm proud of our team for continuing to battle and we look forward to tomorrow's games."
Merrimack threatened early with a pair of baserunners in the bottom of the first. Curran laced a single up the middle and Mantoni reached on a fielder's choice to advance the Warriors' first runner into scoring position. The hosts were unable to push a run across the plate as Southern NH recorded the final out of the frame.
The visitors grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning as Brendan O'Brien singled home Bryan Toland from third with two outs.
The Warriors knotted the contest a 1-1 in the home half of the fifth frame. Newton belted a one-out triple to right center to put the tying run on third. Julian followed with a single up the middle to drive in his sixth RBI of the season.
The Penmen plated a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to claim a 3-1 advantage. With two away in the inning, four-straight singles yielded two runs as O'Brien and Kyle McGinnity each drove in a run. Southern NH added a run in the eighth as Jon Minucci singled to left center to score Jamie Wollerman increase the margin to three, 4-1.
In the ninth, the Penmen tacked on three runs to move ahead 7-1. Al Stanton hit a two-run single to right center and Andy Lalli landed an RBI single in shallow center to cap off the scoring.
Merrimack will host Southern NH for a pair of games Sunday, April 1 to close out the weekend series.