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MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – After winning its first four games of the season, the Merrimack College baseball team lost for the first time in 2015 to the Barry University Buccaneers in a wild 21-11 contest from Feinbloom Field on Monday night.
Score: Merrimack 11 | Barry 21
Records: Merrimack (4-1) | Barry (10-8)
Location: Feinbloom Field | Miami Shores, Fla.
How It Happened
The Warriors had an opportunity early to get on top of the Bucs immediately in the top of the first. Junior Bobby Losanno (Peabody, Mass.) started to game off with a double to right-center field and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a strikeout by Cam DiSarcina (Shirley, Mass.), junior captain Frank Crinella (East Longmeadow, Mass.)grounded to third, and Losanno was thrown out at home. The inning ended harmlessly for the Warriors.
Sophomore starter Joe Velozo (Tewksbury, Mass.) struggled in his season debut. The Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team selection from a season ago allowed five runs on five hits and did not get out of the first inning. Through the completion of three frames, the Warriors trailed 16-0.
An eight-run third inning prevented any sort of comeback from the Warriors. Merrimack’s defense certainly didn’t help things, as the Navy and Gold committed multiple errors in the frame. The Buccaneers final three runs were all unearned.
The Warriors got on the board in the fourth inning. After loading the bases, sophomore catcher Chris Cimmino (Orange, Conn.) slapped an RBI single into right field. Cimmino made his first start of the season, notching his first career RBI. Losanno and Disarcina followed that up with run-scoring hits and the Warriors ended the inning with three runs on the board. Cimmino picked up another RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. Lossano, who was 3-for-3 entering the at bat, popped up to end the frame.
Two additional runs came across for the Warriors in the sixth inning. Redshirt freshman infielder Paul Buckley (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) hit a sacrifice fly for the first RBI of his career. Buckley replaced Ryan Petrone (Leicester, Mass.) at shortstop for his first career appearance. The other run for Merrimack would score after a Barry error, which allowed Crinella to trot home from third base.
After a four-run bottom of the seventh pushed the Barry lead to 15 runs, the Warriors answered with a five-run top of the eighth. Sophomore Tyler Lyne (Agawam, Mass.)knocked home Dionys Quezada (Lawrence, Mass.) for the first run. The Warriors would load the bases, assisted by some poor defense from the Buccaneers, with DiSarcina at the dish. The sophomore put the ball in play, and a throwing error by the Barry catcher allowed all three of the Merrimack baserunners to score. Crinella stepped into the box, with DiSarcina at second, and knocked him home with a single for the final run of the frame. At the end of the inning, Barry led 21-11.
After the Navy and Gold had starters pitch seven or more innings, including two complete games, over three of its first four games, the Warriors finally saw some of its arms out of the bullpen get work. Sophomore Michael Nocera (Bristol, Conn.), senior Colin Smith (Somerset, Mass.) and senior Matt Solar (Sterling, Mass.) all made their first appearances of the season for Merrimack. The contest ended with the 21-11 final.
Inside The Numbers
- The Warriors hurt themselves on the defensive end. Merrimack committed a season-high seven errors as seven of the 21 runs that Barry scored went into the books as unearned. The Buccaneers weren’t much better in the field, finishing with four errors of their own
- Losanno continues to have a strong start to his junior campaign. After hitting .270 last season, Losanno now has eight hits in 20 at-bats this year, including three hits against Barry
- Crinella and Lyne tied with Losanno for the team lead in hits, with each player posting three. Crinella, Losanno, Lyne and Quezada are all hitting over .400 through the first five games of the year
- Although the pitching struggled for much of the game for the Warriors, Smith was the lone bright spot. He relieved Nocera and pitched four innings, allowing only one earned run while striking out four batters. Smith saw four runs score while he was on the hill, but three went into the scorebook as unearned tallies
The Warriors will return to the diamond tomorrow for a contest against another Southern opponent, as the Warriors will face Palm Beach Atlantic. First pitch from West Palm Beach, Fla. is set for 3 p.m.