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Shumski, Skurbe Combine for Six Hits; LIU Comes Back Late to Top Baseball in Extras

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BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – The Merrimack College baseball team took LIU to extra innings for the second consecutive game Friday afternoon at LIU Baseball Stadium, but the Sharks prevailed in the 10th for the 3-2 victory.

Thanks to runs batted in from Jake Macchi and Michael Golankiewicz in the fourth, the Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 advantage, then rode the arm of Riley Sorenson to a late lead. The graduate student right-hander tossed eight innings on the mound and allowed just a pair of runs, including the tying run in the eighth, and scattered five hits to go along with three strikeouts.

After the Sharks tied the game in the eighth on a solo home run, they won it in the 10th on a walk-off single.

The Basics

LIU 3, Merrimack 2 (10 innings)
Records: Merrimack (18-22) | LIU (20-12)
Location: Brookville, N.Y. | LIU Baseball Stadium  

Rapid Recap

  • After Sorenson kept the hosts in check for the first three innings, the Warrior offense got to work in the fourth. Nick Shumski got the rally started when he was hit with a pitch with one out, then Bryant Skurbe’s first hit of the day pushed him to second. Thomas Joyce ran the count to full, then walked afterwards to load the bases. Macchi got Merrimack on the board when he reached on a fielder’s choice that included an error on LIU, then Golankiewicz hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Skurbe.
  • LIU struck for a run to cut the deficit in half in the fourth, then the teams played scoreless for three innings.
  • The Sharks got back to even on the first batter of the bottom of the eighth when they pulled one out to left field.
  • Both teams had a baserunner in the ninth inning, but could not convert to send the teams to extra innings for the second day in a row.
  • After Merrimack got a pair on base without scoring in the top of the 10th, LIU converted on a leadoff walk in the bottom half to claim the second game of the three-game set.

Top Performers // Notes

  • WP: Kevin Small (1-0) | LP: Jack Collins (0-3)
  • Sorenson brought his season ERA down to 4.06 during the no decision. He also now has 71.0 innings pitched on the year, which should finish him as the team leader.
  • The three-hit game was Shumski’s third of the season and Skurbe’s fourth.
  • Joyce had four walks in the game and enters Saturday’s finale with 99 in his career, which tops the program all-time.
  • First pitch for the game was pushed back an hour to give the teams more time to rest after Thursday’s 16 inning affair.

Up Next:
Merrimack closes the campaign Saturday afternoon at LIU when the teams meet for a 1:00 first pitch.   

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