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Westerman Spins a Beauty as Merrimack Shuts Out SCSU

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior starter Joe Westerman threw eight shutout innings to increase his streak without allowing an earned run to 13.1 frames, leading the Merrimack College baseball program to a doubleheader split on Saturday afternoon at Southern Connecticut in the Warriors’ first Northeast-10 Conference games of the season

Rapid Recap (Game 1):

  • Merrimack pushed two runs across in the first inning. Sophomore Joey Porricelli singled to lead off the game, stole to bags and scored on a single from graduate student Tyler Lyne. The fifth-year outfielder scored on a groundout to make it a 2-0 game
  • Holding a 3-0 lead after a RBI grounder, Westerman got out of his first jam in the bottom of the fifth. With a runner on third and one out, the righty induced a chopper to Porricelli at third who gunned the lead runner out at home
  • Westerman buckled down again in the sixth. After retiring the first two batters, the Owls loaded the bases. The Maynard, Mass. native recovered to strike out the final batter of the inning, his third punch out of the game
  • Sophomore Stephen Fleury relieved Westerman after eight shutout innings, and tossed a scoreless ninth to cement the win

Rapid Recap (Game 2):

  • With the score tied at 1-1 entering the bottom of the third, the hosts plated three runs off senior Anthony Lupi to open a 4-1 advantage
  • Sophomore Thomas Joyce led off the fifth with a double, and scored on a single from classmate Nick Shumski to bring the Warriors within two, 4-2
  • Southern Connecticut scored three insurance runs in the seventh inning, opening a five-run advantage. The Warriors added a pair in the top of the eighth, but could not pull closer as the Owls claimed an 8-4 win to end the day

Notes and Notables:

  • Game 1: WP – Westerman (1-1) | LP – White Jr. (0-2)
  • Westerman’s Final Line: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Westerman has now thrown 13.1 straight innings without allowing an earned run. With five strikeouts, the righty established a new career high with 26 on the season
  • Four different Warriors knocked in runs. The middle of the order performed the best, with Lyne and senior Matt Nicholson – Merrimack’s No. 3-4 hitters – combining for four hits
  • Lyne scored a team-high two runs and extended his hitting streak to seven games
  • Game 2: WP – Bremer (4-0) | LP – Lupi (1-2)
  • Lupi’s Final Line: 6.0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 1 K
  • Three Warriors posted two-hit efforts, including Lyne, who extended his hitting streak to eight games
  • Porricelli registered a team-best three base knocks, knocking in one run from the leadoff spot

Up Next
The Warriors stay in Connecticut to play No. 7 New Haven tomorrow afternoon for another NE10 doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. at Frank Vieira Field.

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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