April 6, 2014

Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Le Moyne Sunday Afternoon

WARRIORS SPLIT NE-10 BASEBALL DOUBLEHEADER WITH DOLPHINS, 18-4, 14-7, AT THE WARRIOR BASEBALL DIAMOND

Links:  Box Score 1 | Box Score 2

NORTH ADOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College baseball team split a Southwest Division doubleheader Sunday afternoon at the Warrior Baseball Diamond, as the Warriors fell 18-4 to Le Moyne College in the opening game and rebounded with a 14-7 victory in the nightcap.

The Basics
Game 1 Score: Le Moyne 18, Merrimack 4
Records: Merrimack (13-11, 7-6 NE-10) | Le Moyne (9-14, 3-1 NE-10)
Location: Warrior Baseball Diamond | North Andover, Mass.

Game 2 Score: Merrimack 14, Le Moyne 7
Records: Merrimack (14-11, 8-6 NE-10) | Le Moyne (9-15, 3-2 NE-10)
Location: Warrior Baseball Diamond | North Andover, Mass.

How it Happened: Game 1

After five scoreless innings Le Moyne broke the silence, as the Dolphins grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the sixth.

However, Merrimack quickly responded tying the game at four in the bottom of the sixth. A double from freshman Cam DiSarcina (Shirley, Mass.) started the rally as the lefty allowed two runners to score. With no outs and a runner on second, sophomore Matt Brown (Belmont, Mass.) brought in the Warriors third run of the day before sacrifice fly from freshman Ryan Petrone (Cherry Valley, Mass.) allowed the tying run to score.

In the top of the seventh it was all Le Moyne, as the visitor's tallied 14 runs off nine hits to take a commanding 18-4 lead. Over the next two innings, the Dolphins kept Merrimack at bay and securing game one of the series.

Junior Matt Solar (Sterling, Mass.) suffered his first loss of the season as the lefty allowed three runs off one hit while walking one. DiSarcina led the Warriors offensively in game one going 2-of-4 at the plate and tallying two RBIs.


How it Happened: Game 2

Le Moyne opened the scoring in the first, as the Dolphins took a 2-0 lead off two RBI's from Charbonneau and Swetman. In the bottom of the second, Merrimack battled back to tie the game at two, as Petrone and sophomore Bobby Losanno (Peabody, Mass.) allowed the runners to score.

At the end of the third, Merrimack and Le Moyne were tied up at two until an RBI single from Brown in the bottom of the fifth gave Merrimack the one point lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Merrimack's offense came together scoring three runs off one hit and a Dolphin error. After another quick inning, Petrone extended the Warriors' lead to five (9-4) as an RBI double drove Brown home.

Merrimack continued to run up the score in the bottom of the eighth, as the hosts tacked on five more runs to secure a 10-point lead. Le Moyne threatened the Warriors in the ninth with three runs but Merrimack came out on top and took game two.

Sophomore Zach Schindler (Kingston, Mass.) picked up his first win of the season against the Dolphins. The lefty scatteredfour runs, four hits, five strikeouts and two walks in five innings of work. Brown finished game two with a 4-of-5 showing at the plate as well as recording three runs and three RBIs.

A Closer Look

  • Brown finished the afternoon with a .556 batting average while going 5-of-9 at the plate as well as tallying four runs and four RBIs.
  • Merrimack went 20-of-70 at the plate against the Dolphins and posting a .286 team batting average.
  • Petrone and DiSarcina finished with three RBIs while DiSarcina recorded three hits.
  • The Warriors were 6-of-8 in stolen bases attempts.
  • For both games, Merrimack's bullpen posted an 11.50 ERA while striking out 16 and walking six. 

What They Said

"I am proud of how we responded in game two against the Dolphins," said fourth-year head coach Jim Martin. "We got consistent in pitching as well as quality at bats. I am very pleased with how we competed in game two."

Up Next
Merrimack returns to action Tuesday, April 8th, as the Warriors travel to Springfield, Mass. to take on American International in a Northeast-10 Conference clash. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

--

For continuing coverage of Merrimack College Athletics, visit MerrimackAthletics.com and follow the Warriors on Twitter and on Facebook.