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Trio of Merrimack Baseball Players Win FCBL Championship

Headlined by a Futures Collegiate Baseball League Championship with the Nashua Silver Knights for rising sophomore Thomas Joyce(Newton, Mass.) and rising seniors Anthony Lupi (Dover, N.H.) and Joe Westerman (Maynard, Mass.), the Merrimack College baseball program saw multiple student-athletes enjoy success over the past few months playing in summer leagues across the region.

The title-winning trio capped off a perfect 5-0 postseason over the weekend with a FCBL crown, the second straight for the Nashua organization. Lupi got the start and the victory in the title-clinching game, working five shutout innings. Overall, Merrimack’s southpaw finished the summer with 37.1 innings pitched and a team-leading 9.0 frames in the postseason. He recorded a 2.65 ERA, one of the lowest among Nashua’s hurlers.

Joyce appeared in 40 games during the regular season for Nashua, compiling a .278 average over 90 at-bats with 14 RBI. Westerman joined the Silver Knights following an All-Star selection with the Syracuse Spartans of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, leading the team with 35 strikeouts over nine appearances. Upon joining Nashua, the hard-throwing righty went 2-0 over two starts, recording 10 punch outs and allowing just two earned runs.

Rising senior captain Ricky Smith (Weymouth, Mass) and junior Cam Monagle (Cambridge, Mass.) joined the Nashua players in the FCBL with the Brockton Rox. Smith earned an All-Star selection as Brockton’s backstop, hitting .258 with a pair of home runs. Rounding out the FCBL representatives, Stephen Fleury (Wilbraham, Mass.) pitched for the Pittsfield Suns while redshirt-sophomore Tucker Lord (Cromwell, Conn.) played for the Bristol Blues.

Also around the summer-league circuit, rising senior PJ Browne (Rutland, Mass.) and redshirt-junior Garrett Hudson (Greenfield, Mass.) were teammates on the Winnipesaukee Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. In an abbreviated season in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, sophomore Joey Porricelli(Monroe, Conn.) appeared in 19 games for the Southampton Breakers, hitting .283 with 21 hits over 73 at-bats.

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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