Baseball Stymied in Series Finale at Oral Roberts

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TULSA, Okla.  – The Merrimack College baseball program lost in its series finale at Oral Roberts University, 4-1, on Sunday at J.L. Johnson Stadium. The Warriors split the four-game set with the preseason favorites out of the Summit League, leaving Tulsa, Okla. with a 2-2 record.

The Warriors turn their attention to a four-game series with Michigan State University, which will be played at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.

The Basics

Score:
Oral Roberts 4, Merrimack 1

Records: Merrimack (2-2)
| Oral Roberts (2-2)
Location: J.L. Johnson Stadium | Tulsa, Okla.     

Rapid Recap

  • Junior Vin Zappulla took the ball to start the series finale. Oral Roberts struck immediately in the bottom of the first, hitting a three-run homer to open a 3-0 edge. The Golden Eagles added one run in the third to pick up a four-run advantage
  • Consecutive singles to start the fourth led to Merrimack’s only run. With senior Thomas Joyce on first and senior Nick Shumski on third, Oral Roberts was called for a balk that allowed Shumski to trot home. Joyce advanced to second and then stole third, but was stranded there
  • Zappulla settled into his outing, throwing four hitless frames from the fourth through seventh innings to end his outing. Oral Roberts’ Hunter Swift did the exact same thing over that span, however, to keep the score at 4-1
  • Graduate student Daniel Amidon pitched for the first time since 2018, striking out two batters in a perfect eighth inning. That set the stage for the top of the ninth, which saw senior Joey Porricelli hit a single and Shumski follow with a double to put runners in scoring position with zero outs. Three straight Warriors were sat down, however, ending the rally there

Top Performers // Notes

  • WP: Swift (1-0) | LP: Zappulla (0-1) | S: McCullough (2)
  • Zappulla’s Final Line (L): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K 
  • Zappulla delivered the longest outing of any of Merrimack’s starters; all four Warriors did pitch into the seventh inning
  • Amidon threw his 24th career game and first since the 2018 NCAA Tournament
  • The duo of Porricelli and Shumski – Merrimack’s No. 1-2 hitters – account for four of the team’s six hits. Shumski hit the lone extra-base knock of the day

Up Next:
Merrimack plays Michigan State in a four-game series next weekend in South Carolina. The four tilts will be played at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. beginning on Friday at 4 p.m.

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