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BSB: Merrimack Sweeps AIC Behing Starts From Lupi, Monagle


HAVERHILL, Mass. – Behind eight-inning starts from junior Anthony Lupi (Dover, N.H.) and sophomore Cam Monagle (Cambridge, Mass.), the Merrimack College baseball executed a sweep of American International College on Sunday afternoon to begin Northeast-10 Conference play. Playing at Trinity Stadium in Haverhill, Mass., Lupi won the first game by retiring the final 21 batters he faced during a 4-1 triumph, and Monagle followed suit by recording the first win of his career in an 8-1 victory, striking out a career-high nine Yellow Jackets.

The Basics
Score (G1): Merrimack 4,
Score (G2): Merrimack 8, AIC 1
Records: Merrimack (8-10)
| AIC (4-13)
Trinity Stadium | Haverhill, Mass.

How It Happened (G1)

  • 1st inning – Lupi took the ball to start the day for the Warriors. Combining to either punch out or walk the first four batters, Lupi allowed his only run on the day via a two-out single from the Yellow Jackets to make it a 1-0 game through the first frame
  • 4th inning – After Lupi retired six straight in the second and third innings, Merrimack’s bats got going in the top of the fourth. With redshirt-junior Tyler Lyne (Agawam, Mass.) standing on second following a single and stolen base, junior Matt Nicholson (Rockland, Mass.) singled him home to tie the game. After a double from sophomore Matthew Ronai (Orange, Conn.) put runners in scoring position, a throwing error by AIC allowed both Warriors to score and gave Merrimack a 3-1 lead
  • 5th inning – Freshman Joey Porricelli (Monroe, Conn.) singled and stole second with one out in the eighth, and came around to score on a single with two outs from Lyne to increase the Warriors’ lead to 4-1. In the bottom half, Lupi came on and collected his third straight one-two-three inning on two strikeouts and a grounder to first base
  • 8th inning – Extending his hitters retired streak to 21, Lupi ended his outing with his sixth consecutive one-two-three frame with his ninth strikeout of the day followed by a lineout and a groundout to end his outing
  • 9th inning – After redshirt-junior Michael Nocera (Bristol, Conn.) got one out in the ninth, senior closer Nate Spielvogel (Brookline, Mass.) came on to get the final two outs on a strikeout and soft fly ball to center field to collect his first save of the season

How It Happened (G2)

  • 1st inning – The Warriors offense immediately got to work with back-to-back singles from Lyne and Porricelli to put runners on first and second. After consecutive strikeouts, junior Mike Hoalcraft (Fayetteville, N.Y.) continued the frame with a line drive that was misplayed by the right fielder, scoring one run. Singles from Ronai and sophomore Ricky Smith (Weymouth, Mass.), a passed ball and a throwing error by AIC’s shortstop resulted in four more Merrimack runs to make it a 5-0 game. Monagle took the mound in the bottom half and recorded two strikeouts to get his outing off to a strong start
  • 2nd inning – More fielding miscues led to Merrimack runs in the second. With two outs, senior Cam DiSarcina (Shirley, Mass.) reached second on an error in center field. Nicholson stepped into the box and singled back up the middle to score DiSarcina, and with runner’s on the corners after a base hit by Hoalcraft, Ronai hit a ground-rule double of his own to score Nicholson and give Monagle a 7-0 advantage
  • 3rd inning – Back-to-back two-out doubles from Lyne and Porricelli increased the Warriors advantage to eight runs, and in the bottom half Monagle struck out the final two Yellow Jackets he faced to make it nine-up, nine-down for the second-year righty
  • 4th inning – Monagle worked around a leadoff bunt single – his first baserunner allowed after retiring the first nine batters he faced – to get out of the fourth cleanly
  • 7th inning – In the midst of another streak of nine straight Yellow Jackets retired, Monagle relented his first run of the afternoon as a leadoff walk eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. The Cambridge native limited the damage to one run, as the Warriors returned to the dugout with an 8-1 lead
  • 9th inning – Redshirt-sophomore Jeremy Blake-Johnson (Worcester, Mass.) replaced Monagle to pitch the ninth and threw a scoreless frame to cap the sweep

Inside The Numbers

  • G1: WP – Lupi (2-1) | LP – Costanza (2-3) | S: Spielvogel (1)
  • G2: WP – Monagle (1-0) | LP – Winiarz (0-2)
  • Lupi continued his career season on Sunday, recording his second win of the campaign and tying his season and career high with nine punch outs. Among Merrimack’s starters, he leads the group with a 1.71 ERA and now owns a team-high 24 strikeouts
  • Making his first-ever start after five relief appearances to begin his sophomore campaign, Monagle dominated the Yellow Jackets on Sunday. He established a new personal best with nine punch outs, allowing only two baserunners on a bunt single and a walk. Over 18.1 innings of work, Monagle lowered his ERA to 1.47 and trails Lupi for the strikeout lead by one (23)
  • Lyne and Ronai led the offensive charge, starting in both games for the Warriors. The duo combined for eight hits, notching multi-hit efforts in both games. The former scored three runs on the day, while the latter totaled two RBI in the second contest, extending his hitting streak to 17 games
  • After setting the program’s saves record as a junior, Spielvogel stranded two inherited runners en route to his first save of the season as a senior. It marked the 12th of his career, while his 1.35 ERA is on pace to be a new personal best

Up Next
Pending further schedule changes, the Warriors are to set to take on the Yellow Jackets again on Tuesday afternoon, with a first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Springfield, Mass.

Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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