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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College baseball team mustered only two hits as visiting Post University quieted the Warriors' bats on Wednesday afternoon, shutting out the Navy and Gold, 5-0, from the Warrior Baseball Diamond in non-conference play.
Score: Post 5, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (15-15-1) | Post (12-19-1)
Location: Warrior Baseball Diamond | North Andover, Mass.
Inning By Inning
- Top 4th – After allowing only two baserunners through three innings and recording the first two outs of the fourth, senior Joe Velozo (Tewksbury, Mass.) loaded the bases on two walks and a single. He recovered, inducing a grounder to third base to end the frame unscathed
- Top 6th – With the game still scoreless, freshman Joey Porricelli (Monroe, Conn.) hit a bounding ball to the hot corner that connected with the lip of the infield and over Post's third baseman for Merrimack's first hit of the day
- Top 8th – With one out, a double put a man in scoring position for the Eagles and Post's next batter roped a single down the line in left field to make it a 1-0 game. The next hitter singled to put runners on the corners, which led to Post's second run after a throwing error by the Warriors allowed each runner to advance a base. After a wild pitch moved an Eagle within 90 feet of scoring, Velozo escaped the frame with two putouts from freshman first baseman Thomas Joyce (Newton, Mass.)
- Bottom 8th – Freshman Nick Shumski (Salem, N.H.) started the inning with a single, but was quickly erased on a double play, which ended the Merrimack threat
- Top 9th – Post added three insurance runs in its last at-bat, taking advantage of a pair of wild pitches and utilizing a two-run double into left field
Inside The Numbers
- WP: Esposito (2-2) | LP: Velozo (1-1)
- Velozo has allowed just two earned runs over his last 13 innings, lowering his ERA to 4.33 on the season. The eight innings of work marked a career high for the senior
- Porricelli's sixth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 18 games
- Post starter Enzo Esposito threw seven innings, finishing his day with 125 pitches and only allowing one hit, striking out seven Warriors
The Navy and Gold return to campus Saturday to begin a three-game series against Saint Michael's with a doubleheader at 12 p.m.