WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior right-hander pitcher Cam Monagle threw his second complete game of the season against the Bentley University Falcons on Wednesday afternoon, going the distance in a 5-2 series-sweeping victory for the Merrimack College baseball program at DeFelice Field in Waltham, Mass. Monagle threw 26 of the 27 innings played against Bentley this season for the Warriors, relenting just a pair of earned runs across the three outings combined.
Offensively, Merrimack rallied from a 2-0 deficit with five runs over the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings; the Warriors played as the home team Wednesday despite the game being on Bentley’s campus. Junior Thomas Joyce tied the game with a two-out double in the sixth while senior Billy Keegan knocked in what proved to be the game-winning run in the seventh, hitting a run-scoring double of his own to drive in freshman Kurtis Stadnicki.
The program won its 10th game in 11 tries, maintaining its one-game lead over nationally ranked Southern New Hampshire for the top spot in the Northeast Division. The Warriors’ Northeast Division record improved to 11-2 through 13 games, the best start to divisional play for the program in school history.
Score: Merrimack 5, Bentley 2
Records: Merrimack (22-13, 11-2 NE Div.) | Bentley (14-20, 8-6 NE Div.)
Location: DeFelice Field | Waltham, Mass.
- Entering the day with 17 straight shutout innings against the Falcons, Monagle took the ball and blanked Bentley for four straight frames to push the streak past 21. The Cambridge, Mass. faced just 13 batters through the first four innings, and was aided by a pair of double plays in the second and fourth frames to limit the Falcons’ chances
- Bentley finally got to Monagle in the fifth, snapping his scoreless inning streak at 21.2 frames thrown against them. The Falcons netted one run on a sacrifice fly and pushed one more across with a two-out double in the sixth to increase their lead to 2-0
- Merrimack’s bottom of the sixth started with its No. 8-9 hitters – senior Anthony Garbarino and sophomore Michael Jamele – reaching to put runners on the corners for junior Joey Porricelli, who knocked in the former with a sacrifice fly to cut the team’s deficit in half. Jamele was eliminated on a fielder’s choice, but junior Nick Shumski stole second to put a runner in scoring position for classmate Thomas Joyce. The team’s leading hitter proceeded to pull a double into right, tying the contest at 2-2
- Two straight doubles from Stadnicki and Keegan to start the seventh immediately moved the Warriors ahead. Freshman Michael Golankiewiczadded a single to move Keegan to third, who then scored on a groundout by Garbarino to double Merrimack’s lead. With Golankiewicz on second with two outs, Porricelli hit a RBI single to drive in the rookie and generate Merrimack’s fifth run
- Monagle’s eighth inning featured the team’s fourth double play of the day, while the senior returned to the hill in the ninth and retired Bentley in order to win the game
- WP: Monagle (6-0) | LP: Frisoli (3-2)
- Monagle’s Final Line (W): 9.0 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
- Monagle tied sophomore Timmy Kalantzakos for the team lead with his sixth win of the season, joining Kalantzakos with the most total wins in a season for a Warriors pitcher since 2016. All seven of Monagle’s starts have been quality outings, and have come in seven straight appearances
- Merrimack’s eight hits on the day came from eight different batters. Five different Warriors also scored one run each
- Joyce, Stadnicki and Keegan each hit one extra-base hit each. Porricelli led the offensive effort with a pair of RBI
The Warriors return to action tomorrow for their series and season finale at Saint Anselm. First pitch against the Hawks is set for 3:30 p.m. at Sullivan Park in Manchester, N.H.