Merrimack blows out Bentley with offensive barrage

WALTHAM, Mass.  – Senior right-hander Cam Monagle threw his second shutout outing in as many starts against Bentley University and freshman catcher Kurtis Stadnicki led a 14-hit offensive barrage with a career-high four knocks and four RBI to catapult the Merrimack College baseball program past the Falcons, 11-0, on Wednesday at DeFelice Field in Waltham, Mass.

The victory improved Merrimack’s record to 15-12 overall and 5-1 within the Northeast Division; Wednesday’s triumph also gave the Warriors the season series over the Falcons, with one game left against Bentley this season. Monagle lowered his team-leading ERA down to 1.32 on the season, allowing just six earned runs over 41.0 innings of work. The Cambridge, Mass. native entered Wednesday with the 17th lowest ERA nationwide, and has now tossed 17 shutout innings against the Falcons this spring.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 11
, Bentley 0
Records: Merrimack (15-12, 5-1 NE Div.) | Bentley (9-17, 3-3 NE Div.)
Location: DeFelice Field | Waltham, Mass.

Rapid Recap

  • Playing as the “home” team Wednesday, Merrimack immediately staked Monagle to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Junior Nick Shumski hit a RBI triple, junior Thomas Joyce collected a run-scoring single, Stadnicki knocked in one more with a double while classmate Michael Golankiewicz finished the scoring with a RBI single
  • Bentley threatened in the top of the second, but Monagle stranded runners on the corners. Stadnicki returned to the dish in the second and drove in junior Joey Porricelli with a single to increase the Warriors’ lead to five. Merrimack’s righty stranded one runner each in the third and fourth, keeping Merrimack’s advantage at 5-0
  • The Warriors blew the game open with four runs in the fourth. Shumski drove in Porricelli with a single after the latter had walked and stole second to begin the frame. Stadnicki drove in his third run of the day with a base hit, Golankiewicz hit a two-strike pitch the other to drive in the eighth run and senior Anthony Garbarino roped a single into right to account for the ninth tally
  • Monagle sat down eight straight from the fifth through seventh innings, and ended his outing by stranding two Falcons on base in the eighth. The Warriors’ final two runs came across in the bottom of the seventh via a sacrifice fly and the final RBI of the day for Stadnicki
  • For the second time in the last four games, graduate student Garrett Hudson threw a scoreless inning of relief to end the contest

Top Performers

  • WP: Monagle (4-0) | LP: Orie III (0-2)
  • Monagle’s Final Line (W): 8.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Monagle has now worked 17 scoreless innings against Falcons this season after tossing a complete-game shutout against Bentley two weeks ago. His 1.32 ERA is tied for the third lowest across the Northeast-10 Conference
  • Stadnicki’s eighth multi-hit game of the year was his first ever featuring three or more base knocks. The first-year catcher’s four RBI also marked a new career best, and both totals led the Warriors Wednesday
  • Porricelli tied his career and season high with four runs scored from the leadoff spot, reaching base four times via one hit, two walks and a hit by pitch. He stole a pair of bases to reach 20 for the season, moving into second in the NE10, and has scored 32 runs this season after Wednesday, moving into a tie for first in the conference
  • Shumski tripled for the fourth time this season as part of a four-hit day, moving into a tie with Porricelli for both the team and league lead
  • Merrimack has now claimed two Northeast Division series this season (Stonehill, Bentley) with a chance to grab another this weekend at Saint Anselm

Up Next:
The Warriors visit American International for the final time in 2019, playing the Yellow Jackets for the fourth time this season tomorrow at Bedard Field. First pitch of the non-conference game in Sprinfield, Mass. is set for 3:30 p.m.

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