LOWELL, Mass. – Three senior right-handed pitchers combined to shutout Assumption College on Tuesday night as the Merrimack College baseball program evened its Northeast Division series with the Greyhounds, 9-0, in a Northeast-10 Conference affair played at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.
Senior Cam Monagle made the start and threw seven scoreless innings, while classmates Trevor Cooley and Riley Sorenson added clean frames of relief to complete the shutout. Offensively, senior William Keeganenjoyed a three-hit day with a career-high four RBI while freshman Kurtis Stadnicki also impressed by reaching base four times including a three-run double.
The Warriors increased their season-long winning streak to seven games, and currently sit a half game out of first place in the Northeast Division. The winning streak matches the longest for the program since a seven-game run in 2017 while Merrimack’s 8-1 start to divisional play is the program’s best since the NE10 moved to its current divisional format in 2012. Merrimack and Assumption will next meet for the rubber game of their three-game divisional series on Tuesday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m. out in Worcester, Mass.
Score: Merrimack 9, Assumption 0
Records: Merrimack (19-12, 8-1 NE Div.) | Assumption (19-14, 4-6 NE Div.)
Location: LeLacheur Park | Lowell, Mass.
- Some two-out magic garnered Merrimack its first two runs. Junior Thomas Joyce, senior Matthew Ronai and Stadnicki all reached base with two outs to bring Keegan to the plate. The designated hitter smoked a single up the middle, scoring both Joyce and Ronai to put the Warriors in front after one inning, 2-0
- Monagle threw four scoreless innings to start the night, including working out of a first-and-third jam in the top of the fourth with an inning-ending double play. The bottom of the fourth then saw the Warriors add on two more runs. Sophomore Michael Jamele lined a leadoff double into left field, advanced to third and scored on an Assumption fielding error. Later in the inning, Merrimack loaded the bases once more for Keegan who drew a five-pitch walk to make it a 4-0 game
- Moangle escaped potential damage again in the top of the fifth. Assumption used two singles and a walk to put three runners on with only one out, but the Cambridge, Mass. native buckled down to strikeout two straight Greyhounds to escape the inning unscathed
- More insurance markers crossed home in the bottom half. The Warriors ran a safety squeeze that saw senior Anthony Garbarino touch home for the Warriors’ fifth run, and later in the inning Stadnicki hit a bases-clearing double that broke the contest open, increasing Merrimack’s advantage to 9-0
- Monagle ended his outing by striking out the side in the seventh inning. Cooley came on and record back-to-back strikeouts to close the eighth while Sorenson worked around two baserunners in the ninth to complete the shutout
- WP: Monagle (5-0) | LP: Desautels (1-2)
- Monagle’s Final Line (W): 7.0 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
- Merrimack’s top arm lowered his season earned-run average to 1.13, moving into second place in the NE10. Monagle increased his scoreless inning streak to 16.0 frames, and has not allowed a single run over his last two starts. His seven strikeouts were also the second most he’s had this year
- Seven of Merrimack’s nine RBI on the night came from the combination of Stadnicki and Keegan, who hit fifth and sixth in Merrimack’s order respectively. Junior Nick Shumski drove in the other two runs to move into the team lead with 28 this season
- Keegan led the team with three hits, while Ronai and Garbarino also added multi-hit games. Ronai finished the night needing five more hits to reach 200 for his career
The Warriors will play Saint Michael’s for three games this upcoming weekend, hosting the Purple Knights at the New England Baseball Complex for a single game on Friday night (6 p.m.) before a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon from Holman Stadium beginning at 12 p.m.