Helen Gillis,’13, Staff Writer
The Merrimack College Baseball team had a busy weekend, with two games on April 6 and two on April 7. On April 6 the Warriors (18-8 overall, 9-3 conference, 4-0 division) had conference games against Pace University (18-9 overall, 9-4 conference, 4-1 division) and came up big with two wins.
The first game, against the visiting Setters, ended with a score of 9-6. Junior Casey Cotter had three doubles and senior Joe Mantoni had a three-run home run to help the Warriors to victory.
The second game of the day the Warriors shut out Pace with a score of 5-0. Sophomore right-handed pitcher, Joe Carnevale pitched a total of 7 innings, only allowing four hits. Junior left-handed pitcher, Conner McMahon, came in as first relief and threw for one inning. To close the game, right-handed pitcher Tyler Cuming, a junior, came in the ninth inning.
The next day, the Warriors hosted the Panthers of Adelphi University (13-14-1 overall, 5-8 conference, 3-2 division), but came up short in both conference games losing the first 1-0 and the second 12-3.
Right-handed pitcher Alek Morency ’14 pitched all nine innings for Merrimack, giving up five hits. When asked on how the season has gone thus far, senior Alan Pastyrnak Jr. said, “The season has been going really well. About half way through and our record is 18-8. Most importantly we are 4-0 in division play.Our goal as a club is to make the playoffs and winning the division game is what is going to get us where we want to be, which is playing baseball long into May.”
The Warriors will travel this weekend to face the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University (20-10 overall, 6-7 conference, 3-3 division). Senior Joe Mantoni shared his thoughts on the rest of the season, “The upcoming schedule is difficult but if we pitch well, play good defense and have timely hitting we will be very successful.”
Merrimack has three division games this weekend, two tomorrow (noon and 3 p.m.) and one on Sunday (1 p.m.) all at