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Franklin Pierce Ends Merrimack’s Season in First Round of NE10 Baseball Tournament

RINDGE, N.H.  – The Franklin Pierce University Ravens broke a 0-0 deadlock in the bottom of the fourth with a four-run inning and held serve from there, defeating the Merrimack College baseball program, 8-0, in the opening round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Tuesday evening from Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field in Rindge, N.H.

The Basics
Franklin Pierce 8, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (23-21)
| Franklin Pierce (31-13)
Pappas Field | Rindge, N.H.

NE10 Championship:
Tuesday, May 9th– First Round (single elimination)

Game 1:  #4 SW Pace def. #1 SW Southern Connecticut, 5-2
Game 2:  #2 SW New Haven def. #3 SW Le Moyne, 3-0
Game 3:  #1 NE SNHU def. #4 NE Bentley, 2-1
Game 4:  #2 NE Franklin Pierce def. #3 NE Merrimack, X-X

NE10 Championship Weekend (Hosted at New Haven): Thursday May 11th – Saturday May 13th

Game 5:  #4 SW Pace vs. #2 NE Franklin Pierce
Game 6:  #2 SW New Haven vs. #1 NE SNHU
Game 7:  Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser
Game 8:  Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner
Game 9:  Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser
Game 10:  Game 9 winner vs. Game 8 winner
Game 11:  If necessary.

Inning By Inning

  • Top 1st – Singles for freshmen Joey Porricelli (Monroe, Conn.) and senior Cam DiSarcina (Shirley, Mass.) put runners on the corners for the Warriors with one out, but junior Matt Nicholson (Rockland, Mass.) chopped a first-pitch breaking ball back to the mound for the inning-ending double play
  • Bottom 1st – Junior sinker-baller Anthony Lupi (Dover, N.H.) lived up to his billing, putting down the Ravens in order with three grounders
  • Top 2nd – The Warriors had another runner reach scoring position in junior Mike Hoalcraft (Fayetteville, N.Y.), but Ravens’ starter Cody McPartland got out of the jam unscathed
  • Bottom 3rd – DiSarcina made a swift play at first to end the third, snagging a line drive right at the bag and tagging the runner at first out for the double play
  • Bottom 4th – Lucas Luopa singled, advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt and scored on a run-scoring hit from Adam Chase to give the Ravens their first run. After one more run scored and sophomore Cam Monagle (Cambridge, Mass.) relieving Lupi, a two-run bases-loaded single increased the Ravens’ lead to 4-0 before Monagle could end the frame
  • Bottom 5th & 6th – Franklin Pierce put two runs up on the board in each inning to double its advantage
  • Bottom 7th – Senior Nate Spielvogel (Brookline, Mass.) took over for Monagle with runners on the corners and one out, and did not concede a run by getting a pop-up and strikeout to end the seventh
  • Top 9th – Senior Chris Cimmino (Orange, Conn.) pinch hit to start the inning and smacked a single to center. The Ravens’ reliever Ben Collincini recovered to retire the next three batters to end the game

Team Leaders (MC // FPU)

  • Hits: Joey Porricelli (3) // Three tied (2) 
  • Runs: John Friday/Adam Chase (2)
  • RBIs: Dylan Jones (2)

Notes and Notables

  • WP: McPartland (7-0) | LP: Lupi (4-4)
  • Franklin Pierce’s victory marked the second straight for the Ravens in postseason play against the Warriors, including the NE10 First Round in 2015
  • Porricelli was the bright spot on the night for the Navy and Gold, posting his 10th multi-hit game of the season and third with at least three base knocks
  • Spielvogel punched out four of the five batters her retired, finishing his stellar season with 44 strikeouts over 24.1 innings pitched for a strikeout-per-nine rate of 16.43

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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