DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team rallied from four runs down to tie Mercy (N.Y.) College in the seventh inning before losing a wild 12-11 affair on Sunday at Mercy Field. The Purple Knights, now 4-11, completed a run of 11 games in eight days while suffering their sixth loss by two runs or fewer this season, including their fourth one-run setback. The Mavericks are 8-13.
First-year Iset Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) finished 3-for-3 with two runs, five RBIs, a walk, double and sac fly, finishing with the most RBIs by a Purple Knight since Tony Bonvechio '10 had five on April 13, 2010. Classmate Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) was 2-for-5 with a double, sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) had two walks, two runs, a hit-by-pitch and stolen base, while first-year Julien Giroux-Harvey (Montreal, Québec/Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf) added a hit, two runs, an RBI and two walks. Classmate Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) also walked and scored twice.
Junior Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) drove in two runs, and classmate Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) knocked his 24th career double, tying Chadwick Estey '12 and George Buteau '15 for fifth in program history. As the first reliever, redshirt first-year Paul Prue (Dennis, Mass./Nauset Regional/Wheaton [Mass.]) took the loss after allowing six runs - two earned - on six hits in four innings. He struck out four. First-year Hunter Ruiz (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) worked a perfect eighth.
Junior Joseph Sadallah was 4-for-4 with three runs and three stolen bases for Mercy, and classmate Gerardo Reyes finished with two doubles and five RBIs. Sophomore John Mooradian went 1-for-2 with two runs, two RBIs, three walks and two steals. As the third of five pitchers, junior Oscar Marcial earned the win with two innings of one-hit, one-run relief. First-year Anthony Amato registered the save after a ninth inning during which he allowed two runs, neither earned, on no hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.
First-year starter Alex Mendez (Fallon, Nev./Churchill County) nearly escaped a bases-loaded, none-out situation in the bottom of the first, with third baseman Moran cutting down the lead runner at the plate on a grounder for the second out, but Reyes followed by sending a three-run double down the right field line. Maldonado contributed a two-out, two-run double in the second, but three more Mavericks came home in the bottom half, including two on senior Shaine Carpenter's two-out single to center.
Down 6-2, Saint Michael's cut the deficit to one in the fourth thanks to Maldonado's RBI single and Robertson's two-out, two-run knock, but Mercy made it 9-5 with another three-run frame in the home portion, with Reyes' two-out, two-run double the key blow. The visitors chipped away with two runs in the fifth - on Giroux-Harvey's bases-loaded walk and Maldonado's sac fly - before Robertson scored an unearned run in the sixth and Maldonado tied the game with an RBI single in the seventh, scoring Hopkins, who was plunked and stole second.
Mercy snapped the deadlock with a three-run bottom half, which Mooradian finished off with a two-run triple. After Amato fanned the first two batters in the ninth, Maldonado and first-year Anthony Azpeitia (Tampa, Fla./King) both walked, setting the stage for Robertson, representing the tying run. The junior sent a fly ball to left field, which was dropped, allowing both runners to score, but Robertson was gunned down trying to take second base on the play for the final out of the game.
The Purple Knights return to action next Saturday at The College of Saint Rose with a 12 p.m. doubleheader.