NORTH ANDOVER, MA- The Merrimack baseball team suffered a 6-4 loss to Assumption on Senior Day at Warrior Diamond Thursday afternoon. The Warriors sink to 17-24 overall while the Greyhounds improve to 12-24-1 on the year.
Casey Cotter (North Hampton, NH) and Mark O'Flynn (Ipswich, MA) led Merrimack with two base hits in the game each. Eddie Newton (North Billerica, MA), Paul Arce (West Hartford, CT), Tim Curran (Weymouth, MA) and Joe Mantoni (Northbridge, MA) all collected one base knock in the contest. John Pastyrnak (Bristol, CT), Joe Burnham (Woburn, MA), Curran and Newton all recorded RBIs on the afternoon.
Assumption plated three runs in the top of the first inning to grab a 3-0 edge. Shane Keddy score the visitors first run of the game as he scampered home on a wild pitch. Travis Smith and Matt Consigli each picked up RBI base hits in the opening frame for the Greyhounds.
The visitors added a run in the second inning on an RBI single to right field by Michael Filice. Assumption tacked on its fifth run of the game in the top of the third as Michael Smith lifted a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Kelvin Sims.
Merrimack got on the board in the bottom of the third, cutting the deficit to 5-1. Curran's sacrifice fly to left field allowed Arce to tag up from third and score.
The Greyhounds restored their five-run advantage in the fourth, 6-1. Tim Quinn laced an RBI single to right field to knock in Keddy for his first RBI of the day.
The Warriors tallied a run in the fifth to pull the score to 6-2. Pastyrnak plated Newton from third with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
The hosts plated two runs in the eighth to slice the visiting team's lead in half, 6-4. Newton drew a bases-loaded walk to score Curran before Burnham was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in Mantoni.
Chris Pinette (Norwood, MA) pitched eight innings in his second start of the 2012 campaign and allowed two earned runs while striking out four batters. Bill Humphrey (South Easton, MA) tossed one scoreless-inning of relief action and surrendered just one hit while picking up one strikeout.
Prior to the start of the contest, the Merrimack baseball team honored its four seniors: Arce, Curran, Humphrey and Pinette.
Merrimack will remain at home as it hosts Saint Anselm in a rescheduled divisional game April 27.