LOWELL, MA- The Merrimack baseball team suffered a 7-2 loss at UMass Lowell under the lights of LaLacheur Park Wednesday evening. The Warriors sink to 14-17 overall and 1-5 in the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Conference. The River Hawks rise to 18-11-1 on the season and 3-3 in the division.
Casey Cotter (North Hampton, NH) and Joe Mantoni (Northbridge, MA) paced Merrimack offensively with one RBI base hit each. Tim Curran (Weymouth, MA), Eddie Newton (North Billerica, MA), Joe Burnham (Woburn, MA) and Alex Ciullo (Fall River, MA) also collected base knocks in the game for the Warriors.
James Katsiroubas opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning to score Jacob DeGroot and give Lowell a 1-0 edge.
In the third inning, the River Hawks erupted for four runs on five hits to grab a 5-0 lead. Jacob O'Keefe led off the frame with a double and came around to score on a single by Matt Jacobs. Katsiroubas drove in his second RBI of the game with a single up the middle with one out in the inning.
Pat Devlin followed with a two-run double down the right field line to expand the home team's advantage to 5-0.
Cotter and Mantoni collected back-to-back RBIs to slice the deficit to 5-2 in the fourth. Curran singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. Cotter drove in Curran with a double before Mantoni laced a single down the left field line to plate Cotter from second.
In the bottom of the fifth, Cam Kneeland singled to left with one out to drive in Jacobs from second and lift Lowell's lead to 6-2.
The River Hawks added a run in the home half of the eighth inning as Kneeland crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Devlin to push the gap to five, 7-2.
Travis Terrill (Hudson, NH) tossed three innings in his team-leading eighth start of the 2012 campaign and scattered seven hits while striking out three batters. Connor Elmore (Billerica, MA) worked two innings on the mound and fanned one batter in his seventh relief appearances of the year. Beau Batchelor (Peabody, MA) hurled the final three innings and racked up two strikeouts while allowing no hits.
Merrimack will visit Saint Michael's for a three-game weekend-series April 14 and 15. The Warriors and Purple Knights will play a doubleheader Saturday, April 14 before capping off the series with a single game Sunday, April 15.