March 4, 2012

Baseball Drops Non-Conference Doubleheader at Wilmington 1-0, 3-1

WILMINGTON, DE- The Merrimack baseball team suffered a pair of non-league losses at Wilmington Sunday afternoon, falling 1-0 in game one and 3-1 in the series finale. The Warriors sink to 1-6 on the season and the Wildcats improve to 3-0 overall.

"We pitched very well today and unfortunately couldn't string together a few hits," said head coach Jim Martin. "Wilmington is a very good team and we will use this weekend to get better. I thought we rebounded well from yesterday's game."

Casey Cotter (North Hampton, NH) collected a pair of hits on the day to lead Merrimack offensively. Brett Julian (Weymouth, MA) drove in the Warriors' lone run in the two-game set.

Cotter registered the first hit of the afternoon with a two-out double in the top of the first inning.

A two-out single by Mike Godwin in the bottom half of the third plated Jordan Johnson from third to give the home side a 1-0 advantage.

In the ninth frame, Paul Arce (West Hartford, CT) drew a one-out walk to put the tying run on base before stealing second to move into scoring position. The Warriors were unable to tally an equalizer as Wilmington held on for the victory.

Travis Terrill (Hudson, NH) hurled a complete game, going eight innings and allowing one unearned run and one walk. David Hatt went eight innings on the mound for the Wildcats to earn the win while Jordan Oncay picked up his first save of the season as he closed the game with a scoreless ninth.

In game two, Merrimack claimed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Joe Mantoni (Northbridge, MA) raked a lead-off double and Tim Curran (Weymouth, MA) moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt. Julian followed with a groundout to the shortstop which allowed Mantoni to score.

Wilmington pushed a pair of runs across to go ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning. Oncay led off with a double to right field and scored on a one-out single to center by Jonathan Rodriguez to tie the contest at 1-1. BJ Janney knocked a two-out single into centerfield to plate Rodriguez and elevate the Wildcats to a 2-1 advantage.

The hosts tacked on their third run of the game in the fifth as Joe Harbach belted a solo home run to right.

Joe Carnevale (East Providence, RI) pitched five innings for the visitors and struck out four batters. Mike Laracy (Weymouth, MA) worked the sixth and seventh innings in a relief capacity, surrendering no hit and no runs while fanning one. Julian made his third pitching appearance on the season as he set down the Wildcats in order with a fly out, ground out and strikeout.

Merrimack will travel to Chester, NY to battle Saint Anselm and Dominican at The Rock Sports Park March 10 and 11.