NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack offense generated just one run on six hits while stranding seven runners, as visiting Bentley evened the season series, handing the Warriors a 5-1 setback on a windy and rainy Tuesday afternoon Northeast-10 Conference Divisional matchup at the Warrior Baseball Diamond.
Seeing their losing streak reach seven games by virtue of the defeat, the Warriors move to 18-13 on the year with a 4-5 mark inside the division. The Falcons – winners of eight of nine – improve to 17-15 overall and maintain their third-place position in the Northeast Division with a 6-3 record.
Junior Eddie Newton (North Billerica, Mass.) accounted for Merrimack's lone RBI of the day, while seniors Mark O'Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.) and Casey Cotter (North Hampton, N.H.) enjoyed two-hit days at the plate, but the hard-hitting Falcons pounded out 11 hits to pace their offense, avenging a one-run performance in a 6-1 loss in North Andover from two weeks ago.
Sophomore transfer Tim Cashman (Rowley, Mass.) was charged with the loss and saw his season record fall to 2-2. The righty lasted three innings and surrendered four earned – five total – on seven hits while striking out one and walking one. Bentley's Lamarre Rey dazzled over a complete game effort, limiting the home side to one unearned run on six hits while striking out four and walking one.
Bentley got things started in the top of the first, plating a pair on a two-out, two-RBI single off the bat of catcher Kevin Korwek, who led all players with three hits and two RBI. Then, after a scoreless second, right fielder Tom Nagy blasted a solo shot over the wall in left center to up the Falcons' lead. Nate Witkowski would plate another run on a base knock to left before an inning-prolonging error allowed Bentley's final run to score.
Merrimack got a run back in the bottom of the fourth after Newton singled on a 2-2 count to right, bringing home senior Joe Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.), but that would be all for Merrimack's often-potent bats.
The Warriors will get back to action this weekend, heading up to Saint Anselm for a huge three-game set against the Hawks starting Saturday (April 20) at 12 p.m.