BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Merrimack College baseball team played in its final game of an eight-game trip to Florida on Saturday morning, falling to the Southern Connecticut State Owls by an 8-3 margin from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
Score: Southern Conn. 8, Merrimack 3
Records: Merrimack (5-10) | Southern Conn. (11-4-1)
Location: Lynn University Baseball Field | Boca Raton, Fla.
A full box score will be made available as soon as possible
How It Happened
- 1st inning – After Merrimack went quietly in the top half, redshirt-junior Michael Nocera (Bristol, Conn.) made his first start of the season and sat the Owls down in order to start the morning
- 2nd inning – The first two Owls in the bottom of the second reached base, putting runners on the corners. Nocera responded with a strikeout and a pop out, but Southern Connecticut executed a first-and-third play to score the day’s first run
- 3rd inning – Southern Connecticut used some two-out magic again to get on the board. With two runners in scoring position, the Owls used a base hit into left field to score both runners and make it a 3-0 game through three frames
- 4th inning – With junior Mike Hoalcraft (Fayetteville, N.Y.) and sophomore Matthew Ronai (Orange, Conn.) on base with two outs, junior Ricky Smith (Weymouth, Mass.) nearly tied the game with one swing, but saw his fly ball caught by the Owls’ center fielder
- 5th inning – One at-bat later, the Warriors tied the game. Graduate shortstop Mike Forgione (North Branford, Conn.) plated freshman Thomas Joyce (Newton, Mass.) to start the scoring and cut the deficit to two runs. With Forgione on third and senior Cam DiSarcina (Shirley, Mass.) drawing a walk, junior Matt Nicholson (Rockland, Mass.) lined a double into right-center field that scored both Warriors and tied the game at three-all. The Owls, however, answered in the bottom half with three runs off Nocera to immediately take the lead back, 6-3, through five full innings
- 8th inning – Senior Matt DiNello (Southington, Conn.) relieved Nocera earlier in the game and with the score at 8-3, the team captain induced an inning-ending double play to keep the deficit at five runs
- 9th inning – Senior Ryan Petrone (Leicester, Mass.) reached base to start the inning, but any sort of rally ended there as the Warriors went quietly in their last at-bats.
Merrimack is currently scheduled to have a full week off before returning to action for its Northeast-10 Conference opener on Sunday, March 26, against American International College in Springfield, Mass. The doubleheader is set to begin at 12 p.m.