Baseball Falls To Palm Beach Atlantic, Merrimack On Final Day In Florida

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LANTANA, Fla. – The Saint Michael’s College baseball team (4-7) felt the payback after Friday's toppling of Palm Beach Atlantic University with a 14-0 loss to the Sailfish, before falling to Merrimack College, 8-2, in the team’s final day of action in Florida on Saturday.

In game one, the Sailfish banged out 14 hits and piled on five runs apiece in the third and sixth innings to put the Purple Knights down double digits. Sophomore T.J. Harbuck (Ormond Beach, Fla./State College of Florida) tossed five innings of three-hit, shutout ball and struck out nine for the win. Freshman Jimmy Kelly (Delton, Fla./Seabreeze) and junior Aaron Ilharreguy (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Citrus College) combined for four innings of scoreless relief with Ilharreguy throwing two hitless frames. Sophomore Taylor Kaprive (Wellington, Fla./Wake Forest University) was one of six for Palm Beach (17-9) with multiple hits, including a double and a home run.

For Saint Michael’s, freshman pitcher Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master’s School) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on six hits in three innings. A double by junior Chad Estey (New Haven, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) was the bright spot for the Purple Knights, who left 12 runners on base.

In game two, Merrimack (6-3) scored two runs in the eighth inning to erase a 2-1 deficit, then sealed the win with a five-run ninth inning. P.J. Farnham singled three times and drove in two runs for Merrimack, while Tim Curran doubled, singled and recorded two RBIs. Mike Laracy pitched seven effective innings to earn the victory.

Junior Ben Mitchell (Pembroke, N.H./Pembroke Academy) and freshman Jacob Begnoche (Essex, Vt./Essex) each singled twice for Saint Michael's. Sophomore Collin Fishman (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda Chevy Chase) pitched well in a no-decision, allowing just one earned run and five hits in six innings, with two walks and three strikeouts.

Errors marred the eighth inning for Saint Michael’s. After giving up a leadoff single, freshman Corey Livingston (Hartford, Conn./East Catholic) solicited a potential 6-4-3 double play ball, but a throwing error after the force out put a runner on second with one out. A second throwing error plated the tying run, and a successful suicide squeeze gave Merrimack a 3-2 lead. Sophomore Rob McCarty (Canton, Mass./Canton) came on in relief and promptly picked off a runner at second for the second out, loaded the bases with a single and walk, and worked out of the jam with a groundout to shortstop.

Merrimack extended its lead in the ninth when the Saint Michael’s bullpen crumbled under the weight of fatigue. The Warriors picked up five runs off McCarty and classmate Chris Hoey (Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) in the frame.

The Purple Knights return to action on April 3 with a doubleheader at the University of New Haven.