Allen's Ninth-Inning Homer Helps Baseball Earn Split with Regionally-Ranked Merrimack

Allen's Ninth-Inning Homer Helps Baseball Earn Split with Regionally-Ranked Merrimack

NORTHBORO, Mass. - Senior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) swatted a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning before finishing off the save of a 7-5 Saint Michael's College baseball victory in game one of a doubleheader with regionally-ranked Merrimack College on Friday at the New England Baseball Complex. The Warriors took the nightcap, 9-3, to finish a Northeast-10 Conference twinbill. Merrimack sits second in this week's New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll and eighth in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region rankings.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (8-20, 5-13 NE10), Merrimack (20-13, 13-4 NE10)

Game 1
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional), 3-for-4, R, 3 RBIs, BB, HR; 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, Save
  • Sophomore Iset Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep), 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
  • Sophomore Julien Giroux-Harvey (Montreal, Québec/Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf), 2-for-4, BB
  • Sophomore Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins), 2-for-5, R, RBI, 2B
  • Junior Lenin Gomez (Edison, N.J./Edison/New Jersey City), R, BB, 2 SAC
  • Sophomore Zach Rodgers (Parrish, Fla./Manatee), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Sophomore Dan Favicchio (Massapequa, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R
  • Sophomore Cameron Cuellar (Seminole, Fla./Seminole), 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, Win

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Nick Shumski, 2-for-4, R
  • Junior Joey Porricelli, 2-for-5, R, RBI, 3B, HR
  • Junior Thomas Joyce, 2-for-5, R, 2 RBIs, HR
  • Senior William Keegan, 1-for-4, R, 2 RBIs, HR, SB
  • Sophomore Vin Zappulla, 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
  • Senior Riley Sorenson, 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, Loss

GAME FACTS

  • The Warriors sit second in this week's New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll and eighth in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region rankings.
  • Saint Michael's used a ninth-inning rally for the second straight game to claim victory, plating four runs.
  • The Purple and Gold won its third game in four tries, downing a regionally-ranked squad for the second time in that span.
  • The Purple Knights held a 12-11 edge in hits, while each team had five extra-base knocks.
  • This contest was the ninth in the teams' past 13 meetings that was decided by three runs or fewer.
  • Allen swatted his 16th career home run, just one short of Jack Coffey's '57 62-year-old program record. His seven home runs this spring tied Kevin Harutunian '06 for the second-most in school annals, just one shy of Tony Gomes' '81 40-year-old mark set in 1979. The seven homers are the most ever by a Purple Knight during the program's NE10 era. Allen also earned his fifth career save, just one behind Rob McCarty '13 for the program record.
  • Allen finished the doubleheader tied for fourth in program history in career hits (129) with Matt Beaulieu '10 while passing Evan Grenier '08 (70) to take over second in RBIs (72). His 24 RBIs this season are tied for ninth in program history.

THE ACTION

  • Porricelli led off the Merrimack first inning with a triple but was erased one out later when Rodgers tossed to first-year catcher Sebastian Oetterer (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) at the plate on a fielder's choice grounder.
  • Maldonado's two-out single scored Moran in the second inning, and Moran's RBI single scored sophomore Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) to make it 2-0 in the fourth.
  • Porricelli and Keegan hit solo home runs in the fifth and sixth, respectively, to tie the game.
  • Oetterer's two-out RBI double plated sophomore Anthony Azpeitia (Tampa, Fla./King) with the go-ahead run in the seventh.
  • During the eighth inning, the Warriors went ahead with three runs on four hits, as Joyce's two-run homer put them in front before Keegan's RBI fielder's choice pushed the lead to 5-3.
  • The first two Purple Knights reached on a walk and an infield error to begin the ninth before Allen followed with a home run to center field that gave the visitors the lead. Gomez and Giroux-Harvey both walked with two down, and Maldonado's RBI double provided an insurance run.
  • In the home half, Allen fanned his first two batters before Shumski walked and Joyce singled to put runners at the corners, but Merrimack's cleanup hitter flew to Giroux-Harvey in left field for the final out.

Game 2
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Giroux-Harvey, 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB, HR
  • Azpeitia, 1-for-3, R
  • Oetterer, 1-for-4, 2 RBIs
  • First-year Harrison Stampler (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables), 3-for-4, R, 2 2B, SB
  • Sophomore Alex Mendez (Fallon, Nev./Churchill County), 1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, Loss
  • First-year Ozzie Rodriguez (Tampa, Fla./Boca Ciega), 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Porricelli, 3-for-3, R, RBI, 2 HP, 2B, 4 SB
  • Joyce, 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B, HP, 2 SB
  • Sophomore Thomas Crowley, 2-for-4, R, 3 RBIs, HR, SB
  • Sophomore Timmy Kalantzakos, 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K

GAME FACTS

  • The Purple Knights were only outhit 8-7.
  • Merrimack scored all of its runs in the first two innings.
  • Gomez was hit by a pitch for the 13th time this season, breaking Steven Auger's '17 four-year-old program record. Gomez's 0.46 hit-by-pitches per game lead the NE10.
  • Stampler's 10 stolen bases this year are tied for fourth in program annals.

THE ACTION

  • Stampler led off the game with a single before stealing second and reaching third with two down, but he was stranded.
  • Merrimack scored three runs in the home half on four hits, with Joyce's RBI single the key blow.
  • Six more Warriors came around in the second thanks to three hits, as five scored with two down. Crowley's three-run home run made it 9-0.
  • Oetterer's two-run single plated Azpeitia and Stampler in the third.
  • Rodriguez came out of the bullpen for the third inning and yielded only one hit and six base runners during six shutout innings, putting together his longest scoreless streak of the season.
  • Gomez received the record-breaking hit-by-pitch with one out in the fourth before Giroux-Harvey drew a free pass, but the final two Purple Knights struck out.
  • Giroux-Harvey cracked his second career home run - and first in NE10 play - with two down in the ninth.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Monday vs. Merrimack at New England Baseball Complex in Northboro, Mass., 12 p.m.