HAVERHILL, Mass. – The Merrimack College baseball team suffered a 6-5 loss to Saint Anselm College in an 11-inning Northeast-10 Northeast Division battle Saturday afternoon at Haverhill Stadium in Haverhill, Mass.
Score: Saint Anselm 6, Merrimack 5 (11 innings)
Records: Merrimack (10-7, 4-2 NE-10) | Saint Anselm (8-11, 2-0 NE-10)
Location: Haverhill Stadium | Haverhill, Mass.
How it Happened
Merrimack was led offensively by sophomore Mike Forgione (North Branford, Conn.) and junior Dionys Quezada (Lawrence, Mass.) who tallied a team-high three hits each, while Quezada recorded one of Merrimack’s runs. Sophomore Sean O’Neill (Norwood, Mass.)finished the afternoon going 2-of-4 from the plate as well as tallying two runs. Senior Eddie Newton (North Billerica, Mass.) and junior John Pastyrnak (Bristol, Conn.) chipped in with a hit each.
After five scoreless innings, Saint Anselm managed to score five runs in the top of the sixth to get on the board first. Merrimack responded back quickly with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the score to 5-2.
Down by three, a throwing error by the Hawks third basemen allowed the Warriors to come within two (5-3) heading into the eighth. Merrimack pushed across two runs in the home half of the eighth inning to knot the game at 5-5.
With the game tied, Saint Anselm came out on top after a solo home run to put the Hawks ahead, 6-5, heading into the bottom of the 11th. Merrimack was unable to find a late push in the final inning, as the Warriors dropped its first divisional game to the Hawks.
Junior Joe Carnevale (East Providence, R.I.) tossed six innings while allowing five runs on five hits and striking out four. Senior Travis Terrill (Hudson, N.H.) and sophomore Mike Nolan (Pembroke, Mass.) each pitched an inning for the Warriors. Senior Tyler Cuming(Red Bank, N.J.) picked up his second loss of the season after allowing four hits and the game winning run.
A Closer Look
- For the game, Merrimack went 11-of-45 at the plate as well as tallying three RBI while Saint Anselm went 10-of-41 at the plate and tallied six RBI.
- Three different Hawks registered two hits each.
- Sophomore Frank Crinella (Springfield, Mass.) led the Warriors with two RBI.
- Merrimack left 14 players on base while the Hawks only left nine players on base
What they Said
“I’m proud of the way we came back after being down 5-0,” said head coach Jim Martin. “We just need to take advantage of more opportunities going into game two.”
Due to the weather, the Warriors will now play two-games on Sunday, March 30th, against Saint Anselm. The games are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Haverhill Stadium in Haverhill, Mass.