NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College baseball program boasted five Northeast-10 All-Conference selections, led by a first-team nod for senior first baseman Cam DiSarcina (Shirley, Mass.) as the league announced its all-league teams and major awards on Wednesday.
In addition to DiSarcina, senior Paul Buckley (Sagamore Beach, Mass.), sophomore Matthew Ronai (Orange, Conn.), senior Nate Spielvogel (Brookline, Mass.) earned second-team honors while freshman Joey Porricelli (Monroe, Conn.) landed on the all-rookie team.
For DiSarcina, it marked his fourth all-conference selection in four years with the Warriors, and first on the first team. He has enjoyed another superb season, posting a slash line of .335/.402/.539 and a career-high OPS of .941. This season alone, he has set career highs in runs (33), doubles (21), home runs (3) and tied his previous personal best with 37 RBI.
Moving to first base this season, he leads the NE10 in doubles and extra-base hits (26), while ranking among the top-five in total bases (89), slugging percentage and RBI. In Merrimack’s records, DiSarcina broke the career doubles mark with his 46th two-bagger earlier this year and currently has 60 in total. He also broke Merrimack’s career plate appearances mark with his last at-bat on Saturday, the 651st of his career. He is also among Merrimack’s career leaders in total bases, RBI, batting average and slugging percentage.
Enjoying a career season in his first year as a starter, Buckley collected his first all-league nod as a second baseman. The fourth-year infielder notched personal bests in nearly every offensive statistic, including hits (27), runs (8), RBI (7), extra-base hits (5), doubles (3) and his first-ever homer over the weekend against SNHU. His current slash line of .307/.351/.398 will shatter his previous career highs.
For the bulk of the year, Ronai was Merrimack’s most consistent hitter at the DH spot. After going hitless in the season opener, he embarked on a 22-game hitting streak which marked the longest for the program in at least 16 years and is potentially a school record. He finished his second year with a team-leading .356 average to go along with a .904 OPS. He boasts a team-high 57 hits, ranking among the top-five in the NE10. His 16 extra-base hits, 11 doubles, four homers and one triple are all career highs, as are his RBI (33) and run (27) totals. His 19 multi-hit games leads the Navy and Gold.
Entering the year as Merrimack’s closer and solidifying himself as one of the top arms on the team, Spielvogel enjoyed a career season en route to his first all-conference selection. He posted career highs in 2017 in innings (24.1), strikeouts (44), fewest earned runs allowed (2) and strikeout-per-nine-inning rate (15.90) and ERA (0.74). He embarked on a 20-inning scoreless streak this season, and set single-game highs this season in innings pitched (5.1) and strikeouts (9) for his career. He finished the season second in the NE10 with five saves, holding Merrimack’s career saves record with 16 over the last three campaigns.
Emerging as Merrimack’s starting third baseman midway through the season, Porricelli took home all-rookie honors. He has served as Merrimack’s primary No. 2 hitter, posting a .326 average with 43 hits over 129 at-bats. Since becoming a starter, Porricelli recorded at least one base knock in 29 of 31 games, going on a 21-game hitting streak during that stretch. He finished his rookie regular season with 20 runs, five doubles, 16 RBI and six steals.