May 2, 2012

Baseball Edged by Bentley in Final Home Game, 4-3

NORTH ANDOVER, MA- In the final home contest of the 2012 campaign, the Merrimack baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision to Bentley Wednesday afternoon. The Warriors slip to 17-29 overall and 4-14 in the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Conference. The Falcons improve to 26-21 on the year and 11-7 in divisional play.

Mark O'Flynn (Ipswich, MA) led Merrimack with a pair of RBIs on two hits in the game. Casey Cotter (North Hampton, NH), Tim Curran (Weymouth, MA) and Joe Burnham (Woburn, MA) all collected two base knocks on the afternoon.

Bentley grabbed an early lead with a two-run first inning. Logan Gillis drove in the visitors' first run of the day with a double to left field to score Mike Muir from first. Greg Baggett plated Gillis with a two-out single which ricocheted off third base and bounced into left field.

The Warriors cut the deficit to one, 2-1, with a score in the bottom of the second. Burnham raked a double down the left field line to knock in O'Flynn to get the hosts on the board.

The Falcons restored their advantage to two runs in the fifth. After picking up a lead-off single, Will Brennan scooted home on a wild pitch with one out in the inning.

Merrimack tallied a run in the sixth to pull to within a run, 3-2. Curran led off the frame with a single before advancing to second on a groundout by Dionys Quezada (Lawrence, MA). With two away in the inning, O'Flynn laced a double down the right field line to score Curran.

Bentley added a run in the top of the seventh as Muir landed an RBI single to left center to drive in Sean Keady.

The home team decreased the gap to one run in the eighth. Curran crossed the plate for the second time in the contest as O'Flynn rolled a grounder to the right side of the infield.

Senior Chris Pinette (Norwood, MA) tossed seven innings and fanned one batter in his third start of the season. Brett Julian (Weymouth, MA) pitched two frames of scoreless relief action. The junior struck out the side in the eighth as he finished with three strikeouts.

The Warriors will wrap up the season with a three-game set at Stonehill May 5 and 6.