MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Merrimack College baseball program held an early 3-2 lead at Barry University, who entered the evening receiving votes in the National College Baseball Writers Association poll, but the host Buccaneers scored nine of Tuesday night’s final 10 runs to claim an 11-4 victory at Feinbloom Field.
Score: Barry 11, Merrimack 4
Records: Merrimack (3-6) | Barry (16-4)
Location: Feinbloom Field | Miami Shores, Fla.
- Junior Dylan Stevens made the first start of his career, and relented a single run each in the first, second and third innings after entering the night with a 0.00 ERA. The Beverly, Mass. native notched a pair of strikeouts in his outing
- Merrimack owned a brief lead after the top of the third. Trailing 2-0, senior Anthony Garbarino hit a leadoff single and sophomore Michael Jamelewas hit by pitch in the next at-bat to put two men on for junior Joey Porricelli. For the second time in as many games, Porricelli left the yard for a three-run homer, moving Merrimack ahead by one. The Bucs tied the game up in the bottom half, making it 3-3 through three frames
- Senior Trevor Cooley took over in the fourth, working a shutout inning. Cooley was one out shy of tossing a scoreless fifth, but three straight Barry hits resulted in two runs and gave the hosts a 5-3 lead. Barry then exploded for a five-run sixth, breaking the game open
- Freshman Cedric Gillette pitched a clean seventh in his second career appearance. In the top of the eighth, junior Nick Shumski drew a 10-pitch walk, reached second on wild pitch and scored on a single by classmate Thomas Joyce to make it a 10-4 game. Gillette finished the game with one run allowed over two innings
- WP: Almonte (2-0) | LP: Cooley (0-1)
- Stevens’ final line (ND): 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- Porricelli was Merrimack’s bright spot on the night, hitting his third homer of the year. He moved into a tie for fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference in HR, and increased his team lead in RBI to 12
- Garbarino joined Porricelli as the only Warrior with multiple hits, collecting two singles
- The bottom trio of Merrimack’s order (senior Cory Wasylow, Garbarino and Jamele) combined to hit .363 (4-11) on the evening
Merrimack returns to regional play tomorrow afternoon when the Warriors face Caldwell University at 2 p.m. from the Santaluces Athletic Complex in Miami Shores, Fla.