STONY BROOK, N.Y. – In non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon, the Merrimack College baseball team dropped a 4-2 decision to Stony Brook University at Joe Nathan Field on the campus of the Seawolves. The Warriors fell to 6-9 on the year while Stony Brook improved to 6-9 on the young season.
Score: Stony Brook 4, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (6-9) | Stony Brook (6-9)
Location: Joe Nathan Field | Stony Brook, N.Y.
- Merrimack’s new look top-third of the order immediately generated offense immediately in the top of the first. Senior Joey Porricelli hit a leadoff single, stole second and reached hit on a single by sophomore Michael Golankiewicz. Senior Nick Shumski dug in and hit a single into left field, plating Porricelli to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead
- In the second, freshman Braydon Dolbashian hit the eighth pitch of his at-bat through the left side for a leadoff single. After a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice bunt put two runners in scoring position, Dolbashian scampered 90 feet home on a sacrifice fly by Porricelli to double Merrimack’s lead, 2-0
- Graduate student Daniel Amidon made his first start of the season, and kept Stony Brook off the scoreboard through four frames. He ran into trouble in the fifth, however. Two straight singles followed by a fielder’s choice and an error created Stony Brook’s first run. Amidon got the second out of the inning on a strikeout, but was relieved by classmate Riley Sorenson who inherited runners on second and third. The right-handed allowed a two-out two-RBI double that left Stony Brook with a 3-2 edge
- In the seventh, Merrimack put two runners on base, but failed to score the game-tying run. The Warriors did the same in the eighth after drawing a pair of walks, but could not muster a scoring play. Stony Brook tacked on an insurance run to create a 4-2 game, and Merrimack brought the game-tying run to bat in the top of the ninth, but saw it rally halt there
Top Performers // Notes
- Merrimack scattered six hits compared to Stony Brook’s seven. Both teams left seven runners on base
- Golankiewicz led the team with two base hits, his second straight multi-hit game
- Junior Jake Thibault tossed the final three innings for Merrimack, allowing a single run with three strikeouts. He sports a 1.59 ERA over 17.0 relief innings this year
- Porricelli made his first career start in left field while Dolbashian took the field at third base
Merrimack begins NEC play next weekend with a three-game series at Mount St. Mary’s.