UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The Merrimack College baseball team scored a season-high 18 runs, using 10 errors by the Molloy College Lions to its advantage in the Warriors’ 18-5 victory on Saturday afternoon at Mitchel Field Athletic Complex. Senior starter PJ Browne threw eight innings of two-run ball, notching a season-high 10 strikeouts. With his sixth punch out the game, Browne became just the second pitcher in school history to record 200 career strikeouts.
Score: Merrimack 18, Molloy 5
Records: Merrimack (4-4) | Molloy (3-5)
Location: Mitchel Field Athletic Complex | Uniondale, N.Y.
- Molloy garnered one run off Browne in the bottom of the first, but senior Ricky Smith scored the equalizer in the third inning via a throwing error by Molloy’s pitcher to square the game at 1-1
- In the top of the fourth, Merrimack’s offense exploded for five runs. Senior Matt Nicholson registered his fourth homer of the year, a two-run bomb to get the Warriors a 3-1 lead. A fielder’s choice resulted in Merrimack’s fourth run, followed by a RBI single for sophomore Joey Porricelli. Another error allowed the visitors to increase their lead to 6-1
- The Lions scored once in the bottom half, but Merrimack pushed nine runs across in the fifth to blow the game open. Molloy committed six errors in the inning, and the Warriors sent 14 hitters to the plate. Highlights in the frame included a two-run double for Smith and a bases-clearing hit for sophomore Nick Shumski
- Porricelli struck his second triple of the season, knocking in two more runs in the sixth. The Warriors added one more, growing their lead to 16 runs
Notes and Notables:
- WP: Browne (1-1) | LP: Schildt (0-2)
- Browne’s Final Line: 8.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 10 K
- Browne’s sixth strikeout of the afternoon brought his career total to 200. The southpaw ranks second all-time in school history, needed 35 more K’s to set a new school record. He also broke into the top ten in innings pitched (189.2)
- The Ruland, Mass. native picked up his 15th career victory, moving into third place in school annals
- Nicholson struck his fourth round-tripper of the year and is averaging a home run every 7.2 plate appearances this year. He already is two homers away from tying his career high
- Five Warriors posted multi-hit efforts. Graduate students Tyler Lyne and Paul Buckley as well as junior Matthew Ronai tied for the team lead with three apiece
- Four Warriors registered multi-RBI games: Porricelli (4), Smith (3), Nicholson (2), Shumski (2)
Merrimack completes its three-game set at Molloy with two seven-inning games tomorrow beginning at 12 p.m.