DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Mar. 17, 2016) – Powered by two-RBI days from senior Giovanni Lasalandra (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley), junior Charles Fina (Kingston, N.Y./Ulster County CC) and sophomore Nick Arcabascio (Brooklyn, N.Y./Quinnipiac University) and a strong outing on the mound from graduate student Matt Snyder (Albany, N.Y./University of Kentucky), the Mercy College baseball team earned a, 9-2, victory over Nyack College on Thursday afternoon at Mercy Field.
The Mavericks (5-9) snap a four-game losing streak with the win and improve to 2-1 at home, while the Warriors (2-11) fail to build off their win earlier in the week at Dowling.
Lasalandra ended the day 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a triple, while Fina went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Arcabascio went 1-for-5 with a triple and sophomore Bryan Torres (Bronx, N.Y./All Hallows) batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Senior Scott Hagan (Mamaroneck, N.Y./SUNY Binghamton) added a double and an RBI and sophomore John Young (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) recorded the Mavericks other run batted in during the contest. Snyder pitched the first six innings with one earned run allowed with six strikeouts and picked up the victory to improve to a team-best 4-0 this season.
Nyack was paced by Phil Erwin who went 1-for-3 with an RBI, while starter Craig Jacobs went four innings with seven earned runs allowed in a losing effort.
After a tough loss yesterday to Bloomfield, Mercy looked to bounce back but fell behind early as the Warriors took a 1-0 lead after the first half inning. The Mavericks went scoreless in the bottom half of the inning before Snyder worked a scoreless second to keep the score 1-0.
The Mercy offense came alive in the bottom half of the second for four runs on four hits to give the Mavericks a 4-1 lead after two innings of play. Back-to-back singles from junior Randal Mendez (New York, N.Y./Coppin State University) and Fina put runners on first and third with one out following a Nyack error. Fina later stole second and freshman Nicholas Chilson (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City) walked to load the bases. Young ensued with a sacrifice fly to score Mendez and put the Mavericks on the board. Lasalandra then tripled home Chilson and Fina to make it 3-1 before Torres capped off inning with a single through the left side to score Lasalandra.
Snyder settled down and would not allow another hit until the fifth. Mercy tacked on more run support for Snyder in the fourth as Arcabascio hit a two-RBI triple to score Torres and Lasalandra, bringing the score to 6-1. Hagan then drove home Arcabascio with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-1 after four innings.
Nyack added on their final run of the game in the fifth, but would not record another hit in the contest as Snyder, junior Matt Nalbone (Islip, N.Y./Islip) and senior James Patterson (Cornwall, N.Y./Cornwall) finished off the game for the Mavericks on the mound.
Fina produced Mercy's final runs of the game in the seventh with a two-RBI double down the right field line to make it 9-2 and put the game out of reach.
The Mavericks pitching staff finished with 12 strikeouts and the Mercy offense ended the contest with 11 hits.
Head Coach Jason Lamando and the Mavericks resume action on Sunday, March 20th, hosting American International College for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.