The Mack Report

Baseball: Felician Finds A Way To Beat Merrimack

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RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Merrimack College baseball team compiled seven hits and three runs over the course of the afternoon, but the Warriors fell short and suffered a 5-3 setback against Felician College on Friday in Rutherford, N.J.

The Basics
Score: Felician 5, Merrimack 3
Records: Merrimack (6-5) | Felician (8-9)
Location: Lyndhurst Recreation Complex | Rutherford, N.J.

How it Happened vs. Felician

Senior Eddie Newton (North Billerica, Mass.) accounted for Merrimack’s two RBIs of the day, while sophomore Sean O’Neill (Norwood, Mass.) and sophomore Frank Crinella(Springfield, Mass.) tallied two runs, but the hard-hitting Golden Falcons pounded out 10 hits to pace their offense.

Junior Colin Smith (Somerset, Mass.) was charged with the loss and saw his season record fall to 0-1. The righty lasted two innings and surrendered two earned runs on four hits and a walk. Felician’s Dean Loucka earned his first season victory, limiting the visiting side to two unearned runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking two.

After two scoreless innings, Merrimack took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. With two outs, O’Neill managed to reach on a fielder’s choice before a triple from Newton allowed O’Neill to score. However, the Golden Falcons promptly answered back taking a 2-1 lead over the Warriors in the bottom of the third.

Down by a run, the Navy and Gold buckled down and kept the offensive outburst going, as Newton tied the contest on a RBI single to right to score Crinella. Then, facing new pitcher Mike Nolan (Pembroke, Mass.), the Golden Falcons rattled off three runs off of three hits and a Merrimack error to take a commanding 5-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth.

In the sixth inning, Merrimack would answer back with a lone tally from senior Alex Ciullo(Fall River, Mass.). A single from sophomore Mike Forgione (North Branford, Conn.)advanced Ciullo to third until a pass ball from Schultheis sent Ciullo home, but that would be the last run that Merrimack would score in the game.

A Closer Look

  • Merrimack was out-hit by a slim margin (10-7) while stranding 13 runners on base.
  • The Warriors finished 7-for-31 (.225) at the plate while striking out five times as a team.
  • Forgione and Crinella chipped in a hit each for the Warriors.
  • Felician’s John Holland picked up his third save of the season while allowing two hits in one inning.

Up Next
Merrimack returns to action, tomorrow (March 22), when they take on Southern Connecticut State University at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y. Games are scheduled for 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.