UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The Merrimack College baseball team suffered its third loss of the season on Sunday afternoon, 10-2, against the Molloy College Lions from the Mitchell Field Complex on Long Island.
Score: Molloy 10, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (5-3) | Molloy (7-3)
Location: Mitchell Field Complex | Uniondale, N.Y.
How It Happened
Despite getting two of their first three batters on in the top of the first, the Warriors could not score in their opening at-bats. Sophomore PJ Browne (Rutland, Mass.) recorded three strikeouts in the bottom of the frame, but also let up a bases-loaded, two-out double that staked the Lions to a 3-0 advantage.
The Warriors defense contributed to two runs coming across in the bottom of the third. After a leadoff single followed by a walk, a throwing error on a bunt attempt allowed the two baserunners to scored. Browne did not complete the inning, as redshirt-sophomore Michael Nocera (Bristol, Conn.) came out of the bullpen to get out of the frame.
In the fourth, the Warriors defense committed three additional errors, contributing to a five-run frame and the Lions led 10-0 after four innings.
The Warriors bullpen featured four different pitchers over the final four innings, combining to not allow a run. Freshmen Trevor Cooley (Randolph, Mass.), Riley Sorenson(Sandwich, Mass.) and Daniel Amidon (Andover, Mass.) did not allow a run in their collegiate debuts. Junior lefty Joe Velozo (Tewksbury, Mass.) notched two strikeouts in a scoreless seventh.
The Warriors pushed across one run in both the sixth and seventh innings. Florence knocked in his third run of the season with a sixth-inning single, and Tyler Lyne (Agawam, Mass.) scored on a two-out error by the Lions second baseman for the Warriors’ second run.
Inside The Numbers
- Browne’s final line: 2.1 IP, 5 ER, 5 hits, 6 BB, 4 K’s
- The combination of Cooley/Velozo/Sorenson/Amidon combined to not allow a run over the final four innings, with five of their 12 recorded outs being by way of the K
- Florence continues the hot start to his senior season, totaling two hits in three at-bats on Sunday. He now is 4-for-9 with three walksand three RBI to start the year
- Nicholson picked up the RBI on Lyne’s run, his team-leading 10th of the season
Merrimack plays at Trinity Stadium in Haverhill, Mass. next weekend, hosting two doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. Mercy arrives in New England for the Saturday games before the Warriors take on Dominican on Sunday. The Navy and Gold defeated both teams at the Northeast Challenge last weekend.