WORCESTER, Mass. – The Merrimack College baseball team used a five-run sixth inning to pull away from the Assumption College Greyhounds on Wednesday afternoon, winning in 11-6 fashion from Rocheleau Field to complete the season sweep of their division rivals.
Score: Merrimack 11, Assumption 6
Records: Merrimack (25-14, 9-5 NE-10) | Assumption (14-23, 5-10 NE-10)
Location: Rocheleau Field | Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened
Merrimack got on the board first in the top of the second. With two outs, freshman Matthew Ronai (Orange, Conn.) and senior Pat Florence (Lowell, Mass.) hit consecutive singles to reach ahead of Bobby Losanno (Peabody, Mass.). The senior centerfielder roped a two-run double into left field to score the Warriors’ first two runs of the day.
Freshman Riley Sorenson (Sandwich, Mass.) faced Assumption for the second time this month, after beating the Greyhounds two weeks ago in his first start. He only needed 35 pitches to get through three scoreless innings, striking out three in that span, but ran into trouble in the fourth. With the bases loaded and two runs already in, Sorenson was a strike away from the third out, but a single to left plated the third run, giving the hosts a 3-2 lead.
Merrimack got the run back in the sixth. Sophomore Mike Hoalcraft (Fayetteville, N.Y.) singled over the shortstop, stole second base and scored on a double into the left-centerfield gap by Ronai. Later in the inning with the bases loaded and two outs, Tyler Lyne (Agawam, Mass.) cleared them with a two-run double into right field. Lyne came in on a triple from Cam DiSarcina (Shirley, Mass.) making it a 7-3 game.
Junior Matt DiNello (Southington, Conn.) relieved Sorenson in the sixth, pitching a scoreless frame. The Warriors added an eighth run in the seven after Sean O’Neill(Norwood, Mass.) hit a leadoff triple and scored on a single from Ronai.
Sophomore Anthony Lupi (Dover, N.H.) came on to pitch the eighth and senior Mike Nolan (Pembroke, Mass.) tossed the ninth inning, and the Warriors tacked on three runs in the eighth to make it an 11-6 final.
Inside The Numbers
- Sorenson’s final line (W, 4-0): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
- Ronai bounced back after only having one hit over the weekend to post his third three-hit game of the season. He added his fifth double and a pair of RBI, tying his season high
- Lyne finished with a game-high four RBI and now has a team high 36 on the season. O’Neill picked up his 34th as well, as both players have career highs in RBI this season
- DiSarcina finished a home run shy of the cycle. Both of his extra-base hits came by sending the ball into left-centerfield, which extends by 406 feet at Rocheleau Field
The Warriors travel to Rindge, N.H. for a three-game series with No. 8 Franklin Pierce, beginning on Friday night with a single game beginning at 6 p.m.