MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Merrimack College baseball team continues its hot run through Myrtle Beach on Saturday with victories over Mercy College and Dominican (N.Y.) College at the Ripken Experience. The Warriors scored 20 runs on the day and sophomore Anthony Lupi (Dover, N.H.) tossed seven innings of one-run ball against Dominican in his first career start.
Score (G1): Merrimack 8, Mercy 3
Score (G2): Merrimack 12, Dominican (N.Y.) 2
Records: Merrimack (4-0) | Mercy (1-3) | Dominican (1-3)
Location: Ripken Experience | Myrtle Beach, S.C.
How It Happened (G1)
Senior Zach Schindler (Halifax, Mass.) took the ball for the Warriors against the Mavericks in the first game of the day, with the Warriors as the road team.
Redshirt-junior Mike Forgione (North Brandford, Conn.) started the game off with a double, followed by a single from Tyler Lyne (Agawam, Mass.). Forgione scored on a first-and-third play, with Lyne stealing second and the Merrimack shortstop credited with a steal and a run scored. Lyne came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Sean O’Neill(Norwood, Mass.). Sophomore Matt Nicholson (Rockland, Mass.) plated Cam DiSarcina (Shirley, Mass.) on a single to make it 3-0 Warriors after one inning.
DiSarcina added an RBI on a sacrifice fly, as the Warriors scored five through two frames. Schindler allowed one run through four innings, and a run-scoring single from Paul Buckley (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) pushed the Merrimack advantage to 6-1.
Schindler left after throwing five innings of one-run ball. Junior Matt DiNello (Southington, Conn.) came out of the bullpen to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, striking out the final batter of the inning. DiNello tossed scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth, working around two baserunners in his final inning of work.
Merrimack tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth, and redshirt-sophomore Michael Nocera (Bristol, Conn.) worked a scoreless ninth in his first appearance of the season to secure the victory.
How It Happened (G1)
Lupi took the mound for his first career start against the Chargers of Dominican after making five appearances out of the bullpen as a freshman. Merrimack scored one run after loading the bases in the bottom of the inning, with Forgione scoring his third run of the day.
Leading 2-0 entering the top of the fourth, the Warriors bats broke out. Sophomore Ricky Smith (Weymouth, Mass.) started the inning off with a single, followed by Forgione and Lyne reaching to load the bases. A balk scored Smith and a two-RBI single from DiSarcina scored Forgione and Lyne as all three runners came across the plate. O’Neill and Nicholson accounted for the other two RBI in the inning, giving Lupi a 7-0 cushion entering the fifth inning.
The sophomore continued to mow down Chargers through the afternoon. He left his first career start after seven innings, allowing just one run while striking out a career-high six batters.
Five more runs came across for Merrimack in its fine two at-bats, including a two-run double courtesy of senior captain Pat Florence (Lowell, Mass.). Junior lefty Mike Nolan(Pembroke, Mass.) and sophomore right-hander Joe Westerman (Maynard, Mass.) pitched the eighth and ninth innings to close the game out for the Warriors.
Inside The Numbers
- For the third time in three games, the Merrimack starter picked up the victory as Schindler won his first appearance of 2016. The senior southpaw allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out four Mavericks. He did not walk a batter
- Lupi’s encore after Schindler was just as good. His first career start featured seven innings of work of one-run ball. The Chargers mustered seven hits, with Lupi striking out six Dominican batters
- Forgione finished the day 5-for-8 from the leadoff spot, scoring three runs and adding one RBI in the second game. The shortstop, who missed most of last season due to injury, has seven hits in 16 plate appearances through four games
- Every player in the starting lineup against Dominican recorded a hit, with six players picking up multi-hit games. DiSarcina, Florence, Nicholson and O’Neill all posted two–RBI afternoons
- Through four games, the Warriors have scored 35 runs. It took the Navy and Gold seven games last season to total 35 runs. Their 12 runs against Dominican and Felician is already more than Merrimack scored in every game but one last season
- Merrimack starts 4-0 for the second straight season, after the Warriors swept regional doubleheaders against Nyack and Wilmington (DE) to begin last season
The Warriors conclude their five-game set at the Ripken Experience tomorrow when the Warriors take on Queens College (N.Y.) at 9 a.m.