Brian D. Kelley
Merrimack College Baseball began its first season in the NCAA’s Division I program, defeating Oral Roberts in both games of a double header on February 15 and claiming three wins against a strong Michigan State team.
Perhaps the most entertaining game in Merrimack’s inaugural season of D1 baseball thus far was the Warriors sole defeat to Michigan State. Trailing 10-2 entering the fifth inning, things were looking bleak for the Warriors. A leadoff double by Merrimack second baseman Alex Haba helped change the momentum and the Warriors were able to push across four runs in the top of the fifth.
Merrimack strung together another seven runs in the seventh inning, thanks to clutch hits from right fielder Cory Wasylow, third baseman Joey Porricelli, shortstop Nick Shumski, and catcher Kurtis Stadnicki.
“It was an awesome rally and one of the best I’ve ever witnessed and been a part of. Our offense did a great job laying off balls and putting together quality at bats,” Haba said.
Merrimack was able to push the game into extra innings, but ultimately lost due to a walk off home run hit by Michigan State first baseman Peter Ahn.
The final score: Michigan State’s 15 to Merrimack College’s 14.
Despite the loss against Michigan State, Merrimack’s Baseball team proved that they will be a force to be reckoned with this season. The team has great chemistry and is hungry for wins. NEC play will begin on March 20 against Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD. Merrimack’s first home game will be played one week later against Central Connecticut on March 27.