Bentley Tops Baseball in Northeast Division Showdown, 6-5
WARRIORS DROP TOUGH ROAD CONTEST TO FALCONS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IN WALTHAM, MASS.
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WALTHAM, Mass. – Despite holding a 5-0 lead heading into the seventh, Bentley University rallied for a 6-5 walk-off win over the Merrimack College baseball team in Northeast Division baseball Wednesday afternoon.
Score: Bentley 6, Merrimack 5
Records: Merrimack (14-13, 8-8 NE-10) | Bentley (13-10, 9-3 NE-10)
Location: Robert DeFelice Field | Waltham, Mass.
How It Happened
Merrimack jumped on top early with two runs in the top of the first. Following a fly out to left field, sophomore Frank Crinella (Springfield, Mass.) singled to right before an RBI triple from freshman Cam DiSarcina (Shirley, Mass.) gave the visitors an 1-0 lead. With one out, sophomore Matt Brown (Belmont, Mass.) kept Merrimack going with an RBI single to center field to put Merrimack up 2-0.
After two scoreless innings, Merrimack tallied three runs off one hit in the top of the fourth. With no outs, runners on first and second, senior Eddie Newton (North Billerica, Mass.) connected for his 13th RBI of the season as he extended Merrimack's lead to three. After a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Bobby Losanno (Peabody, Mass.), Bentley's third basemen allowed two runners to score off a fielding error.
Down by five, Bentley rallied back to slice the deficit to two (5-3), as the hosts tallied three unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh. After the Warriors left two runners on base in the eighth, Bentley continued its rally and brought the score to within one (5-4).
In the ninth, Bentley's pitching staff kept Merrimack's offense quiet. In the bottom of the ninth, an RBI single to right field allowed the tying run to score. With the bases loaded and two outs, Bentley's game-winning run came off a wild pitch by sophomore Mike Nolan (Pembroke, Mass.).
Junior Joe Carnevale (East Providence, R.I.) earned his second loss of the season, after allowing three runs off six hits while striking out one batter. Junior Tim Cashman (Rowley, Mass.) started on the mound for the visitors and pitched seven innings.
A Closer Look
- Brown led the Warriors offensively with a 3-of-5 effort at the plate.
- Crinella, DiSarcina and Losanno chipped in with two hits each in the loss.
- Three different Warriors finished the afternoon with an RBI while five different Merrimack players registered a run.
- Bentley went 11-of-36 at the plate and tallied five RBI.
- Merrimack left eight runners on base compared to the Falcons' four.
- The Warriors held a 2-1 edge in fielding errors.
Merrimack baseball returns to action on Saturday, April 12, as the Warriors travel to Rindge, N.H. to face Northeast Division foe Franklin Pierce. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 12 p.m.