Estey approaching century mark, baseball's late rally falls shy in 8-5 loss to Merrimack

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team had a late rally fall short during an 8-5 loss to Merrimack College on Sunday, as the squads completed a three-game Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division set at Doc Jacobs Field. The Purple Knights are now 8-19 overall and 2-8 in the league, while the Warriors are 15-19 and 3-6.

Senior Chadwick Estey (New Haven, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) went 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk, as he is now within three hits of 100 for his career. Eight different Purple Knights had single hits, with sophomore Corey Livingston (Hartford, Conn./East Catholic) and freshman Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) among them while adding a run and an RBI apiece. Junior Collin Fishman (Bethesda, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) took the loss, allowing five earned runs in 5.1 innings while striking out three.

Junior Alan Pastyrnak (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern/Northeastern) went 3-for-4 with a double for Merrimack, while senior Tim Curran (Weymouth, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) had two hits, a double and four RBIs. Junior Brett Julian (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) earned the win in relief, yielding one unearned run on three hits in three frames while fanning four. Classmate Beau Batchelor (Peabody, Mass./Austin Prep) grabbed the save.

Fishman pitched around two base runners in the first inning, with the help of Estey, who was catching, gunning down a runner stealing. The Purple Knights put two on in the second, with Estey walking and Livingston singling through the right side, but the game remained scoreless heading into the third. In that frame, Merrimack received back-to-back two-out doubles from Pastyrnak and Curran, with Curran driving in the game's first run.

Saint Michael's took the lead in the fourth, with Livingston's sacrifice fly knotting the game and sophomore Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) eventually scoring while a teammate was caught in a rundown between first and second base. However, Curran slipped a two-run single through the left side in the fifth, putting the Warriors back in front.

Merrimack tacked on four runs, two of which were unearned, thanks to four hits in the sixth. The hosts put runners at second and third with no one out in the seventh, with sophomore Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) hitting a sac fly to plate the lone run. The following inning, McGuirl dumped an RBI single into center field, which the diving center fielder misplayed into another run scoring, and the Purple Knights trailed just 7-5. However, the Warriors scored a two-out run in the ninth before handing the game over to Batchelor, who retired three of his four batters.

The Purple Knights, who play 12 of their final 16 games at home, host Saint Anselm College for another NE-10 Northeast Division game on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.