WARRIORS DROP SECOND-STRAIGHT NE-10 CONFERENCE GAME TO GREYHOUNDS THURSDAY AFTERNOON
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NORTH ADOVER, Mass. – Leading by five heading into the final frame, the Merrimack College baseball team squandered its lead, as Assumption College stunned the Warriors with a 16-11 victory Thursday afternoon, in extra innings, at the Warrior Baseball Diamond.
Score: Assumption 16, Merrimack 11 (10 innings)
Records: Merrimack (12-9, 6-4 NE-10) | Assumption (7-7, 3-2 NE-10)
Location: Warrior Baseball Diamond | North Andover, Mass.
How it Happened
Merrimack grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning as senior captain Eddie Newton (North Billerica, Mass.) launched a two-run home run to drive in sophomore Matt Brown (Belmont, Mass.).
The Greyhounds responded in the top of the second with an RBI from Colin Clancy to bring the visitors to within one (2-1). However, Merrimack extended its lead to three (4-1) in the bottom of the third, after an RBI single from freshman Cam DiSarcina (Shirley, Mass.) and a sacrifice fly from Brown allowed two runs to score.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Merrimack continued to dominate on offense and tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. In the top of the sixth, Assumption was able to capitalize on offense, as the Greyhounds scored two runs off no hits.
Down by five, Assumption rallied back in the ninth to take an 11-8 lead over the Warriors. The Greyhounds were able to generate eight runs off four hits and two Merrimack errors.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, a RBI double from Brown kept the Warriors alive. Down by two with two outs, freshman Ryan Petrone (Cherry Valley, Mass.) knotted the game up at 11 with a RBI single sending the game in extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, the Greyhounds were able to come together and rally off five runs off one hit to take a 16-11 lead. Merrimack's bullpen was able to end the inning with a ground out to third basemen Frank Crinella (Springfield, Mass.).
In the final half inning, with runners on second and third, Merrimack's come back fell short as a caught foul ball and a strike out ended the Warriors' chances of pulling the upset.
A Closer Look
- Merrimack finished the afternoon with 11 RBI and six stolen bases while going 12-of-37 at the plate.
- Four different Greyhounds registered two hits against the Merrimack bullpen.
- Petrone led the Warriors with three hits and two RBI while sophomore Mike Forgione (North Branford, Conn.) posted a team-high three runs.
- Sophomore Zach Schindler (Kingston, Mass.) suffered his second loss of the season as he scattered five runs, one hit and walked two.
- Matt Murphy led the Greyhounds with two hits, four runs and two RBI.
- The Warriors' bullpen allowed eight hits while striking out five and walking 11.
Merrimack returns to action this Saturday, April 5, as the Warriors host the College of Saint Rose in a Southwest Division battle. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.