WORCESTER, Mass. – The Merrimack College baseball team scored a season-high 19 runs and hit three home runs on Wednesday afternoon, racing past Assumption College, 19-9, from Rocheleau Field in Worcester, Mass. With the win, Merrimack picked up its first Northeast Division triumph of the season and evened its season series with Assumption at a game apiece.
Score: Merrimack 19, Assumption 9
Records: Merrimack (13-13, 1-4 NE DIV) | Assumption (13-16-1, 4-1 NE DIV)
Location: Rocheleau Field | Worcester, Mass.
- Merrimack jumped on Assumption early, scoring six times over the first two frames. Junior Matthew Ronai collected a pair of RBI and graduate student Tyler Lyne notched a two-run triple
- Freshman Timmy Kalantzakos made his second straight start and held an 11-1 lead entering the bottom of the fifth after a two-run homer by Ronai and a two-run triple by sophomore Nick Shumski pushed runs across in the fourth and fifth frames, respectively
- Kalantzakos could not get out of the fifth inning, giving way to sophomore Stephen Fleury who punched out the final batter of the frame. Assumption tagged Merrimack’s rookie for three runs in the fifth
- Senior Matt Nicholson joined the long-ball party with a two-run jack in the sixth, which highlighted a three-run inning. Classmate Ricky Smith left the yard one inning later, recording a three-run homer to left field. Merrimack finished the seventh with five more runs, increasing its lead to 19-4
- Assumption scored four times in the ninth to trim into its deficit, but sophomore Riley Sorenson came out of the bullpen to quiet the Greyhounds’ bats and end the game
Notes and Notables:
- WP: Fleury (1-2) | LP: Autilio (1-1)
- Making his team-high 11th appearance of the year, Fleury won his first career game
- After hitting just one home run in their previous 17 games, the Warriors broke out of the slump in a big way on Wednesday. It marked the first time since March of 2016 that Merrimack hit three in a single game
- Ronai and Smith both hit their first of the season, while Nicholson owns the team lead with five. Smith knocked in a career-high four runs
- Nicholson and Ronai are tied with a team-high 25 RBI. Lyne roped his 11th career triple, moving into fifth all-time in school history
- Every single member of Merrimack’s starting nine recorded at least one hit
The Navy and Gold will play at Holman Stadium in Nashua, N.H. to host Saint Anselm for a three-game series beginning with a single game on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The series concludes with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon.