RINDGE, N.H. – The Merrimack College baseball team took an early lead at No. 2/8 Franklin Pierce on Friday evening, but the Ravens’ bats came alive in an 11-1 victory for the hosts from Pappas Field in Northeast Division play.
Score: #2/8 Franklin Pierce 11, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (25-15, 9-6 NE Div.) | #2/8 Franklin Pierce (37-4, 13-1 NE Div.)
Location: Pappas Field | Rindge, N.H.
How It Happened
The Warriors did crack the scoreboard first on Friday, doing so in the top of the second inning. Senior Sean O’Neill (Norwood, Mass.) and sophomore Mike Hoalcraft(Fayetteville, N.Y.) started the frame with long fly-ball outs before sophomore Matt Nicholson (Rockland, Mass.) drove a pitch over the left field fence to make it a 1-0 game.
In the bottom half of the frame, the hosts immediately answered with three runs off sophomore PJ Browne (Rutland, Mass.) to take their first lead of the night. Merrimack’s southpaw settled down to throw two scoreless innings after that, striking out five Ravens through four.
The biggest offensive outburst came in the bottom of the fifth, when Franklin Pierce chased Browne during an eight-run inning. Three hits produced all eight runs, including a three-run home run.
Redshirt-freshman Garrett Hudson (Greenville, Mass.) came on in the sixth inning and provided solid relief work. He struck out four Ravens over three innings and did not allow a run during his eighth appearance of the season.
Inside The Numbers
- Nicholson’s round-tripper was his team-leading fifth of the season. He snapped a 15-game streak between long balls, last homering during Merrimack’s 13-2 win at American International
- Hudson’s effort was one of the best of the young hurler’s career. The three innings of work marked a season high, while his four strikeouts also matched the most he’s had in an appearance this season. Hudson know has eight strikeouts over his last two games
- Senior Pat Florence (Lowell, Mass.) drew a walk to extend his on-base base streak to six games. His .452 on-base percentage leads the Warriors and is on pace to be a career high
The Navy and Gold conclude their series with the Ravens with a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 2 p.m.