Baseball Loses Rubber Game in Season Series Against Regionally-Ranked Merrimack

Baseball Loses Rubber Game in Season Series Against Regionally-Ranked Merrimack

NORTHBORO, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team closed out a three-game season series against regionally-ranked Merrimack College by losing the rubber game, 6-0, on Monday at the New England Baseball Complex during Northeast-10 Conference play. The teams split Friday's twinbill at the same location. The Warriors are second in the latest New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll and eighth in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region rankings.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (8-21, 5-14 NE10), Merrimack (21-13, 14-4 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Matthew Ronai, 3-for-4, R, 2 RBIs, 2B
  • First-year Michael Golankiewicz, 2-for-3, R, 3 RBIs, HR, SF
  • Junior Thomas Joyce, 2-for-4, R, RBI, 2B
  • Junior Joey Porricelli, 1-for-4, R, BB, 2 SB
  • Senior Riley Sorenson, 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

GAME FACTS

  • The Warriors sit second in the latest New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll and eighth in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region rankings.
  • The contest capped a three-game season series, won 2-1 by the Warriors, that began on Friday.
  • McDowell has started five games this season, with the first two against nationally-ranked squads and the past three versus regionally-ranked foes.

THE ACTION

  • Both teams left a runner on in a scoreless first inning, as Allen singled with two down in the top of the inning before Joyce doubled with two out in the home half.
  • Azpeitia singled with one out in the third, but the Warriors spun a 6-4-3 double play to end the frame.
  • McDowell left runners at the corners in the bottom half by inducing a line drive to Stampler in center field for the final out.
  • Ronai and sophomore Thomas Crowley began the fourth with singles before moving 90 feet on a wild pitch, allowing Golankiewicz's fly ball to Giroux-Harvey in left field for the second out to plate Ronai with the go-ahead run.
  • Three more runs came home with one down in the fifth, as Joyce's RBI single to center was followed by a Ronai two-run double to left.
  • With his team down 4-0, Stampler singled with two out in the sixth but was erased on a fielder's choice.
  • McDowell started an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play to escape a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth.
  • Golankiewicz's two-run homer in the eighth inning padded the Merrimack lead.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Wednesday vs. No. 4 Southern New Hampshire University, 3:30 p.m.
  • The Penmen's ranking is according to the latest NCBWA national poll.