Baseball Opens 2017 Season in Myrtle Beach on Thursday

Baseball Opens 2017 Season in Myrtle Beach on Thursday

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Feb. 22, 2017) – The Mercy College baseball team returns to the diamond for this weekend's trip to Myrtle Beach, as they play five games in four days, all against opponents from the Northeast-10 Conference.


Who, What and Where 

Date/Time: Thursday, February 23rd | 6 p.m.

Records: Mercy (0-0) | Stonehill College (0-0)

Location: Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Date/Time: Friday, February 24th | 12 p.m. | Saturday, February 25th | 4 p.m.

Records: Mercy (0-0) | Southern New Hampshire University (0-0)

Location: Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Date/Time: Saturday, February 24th | 3 p.m.

Records: Mercy (0-0) | New Haven (0-0)

Location: Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Date/Time: Sunday, February 26th | 12 p.m.

Records: Mercy (0-0) | Southern Connecticut State University (1-1)

Location: Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Scouting the Mavericks

The Mavericks, who picked up sixth in the ECC Preseason Poll, return senior Matt Nalbone who posted a team-best 2.85 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings last season. Nalbone finished with four wins and produced a team-high five complete games. Also, returning offensively is senior Randal Mendez who batted .289 with 21 RBI, recorded 23 runs scored, and a team-high nine doubles. Senior Nick Arcabascio will also be a top contender for the Mavericks, after batting a team-high .301 with 26 RBI and 13 stolen bases last season.

Scouting the Skyhawks

The Skyhawks, picked fourth in the Northeast Division of the NE-10, come in off 24-20 record a year ago. Stonehill just missed the opportunity to compete in playoffs last season. The Skyhawks return senior pitchers Jeremy Roberts and Aubrey Soloman. Soloman finished the 2016 season striking out 34 batters during his 22.2 innings pitched. Roberts, concluded the season with a 2.78 ERA and 52 strikeouts per 71.1 innings pitched. The 2017 roster will welcome 12 freshman to the squad.

Scouting the Penmen

The Penmen, picked to finish atop the Northeast Division of the NE-10, finished 50-7 a year ago and captured their second NE10 title and made its fifth straight NCAA East Regional appearance. Southern New Hampshire set a new program record for wins, surpassing the 43 wins by the 2012 squad. The Penman closed the year ranked No. 8 in the NCBWA Division II Poll. The Penmen return senior Carson Helms, who was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings East All-Region First Team at the conclusion of last season. In 56 games, Helms hit .377, while recording nine home runs, 61 RBI and 61 runs scored.

Scouting the Chargers

The Chargers, picked to finish fourth in the Northeast-10 Southwest Division in the preseason coaches' poll, enters the 2017 season off a year in which they went 17-20. The Chargers return senior Robert Petrillo, who led the Chargers in hitting for the second consecutive season, batting .356, a mark that ranked sixth in the NE-10. He also topped New Haven with 14 doubles, tied for the team lead in stolen bases with nine and was second on the team with 20 RBI. The Chargers also return sophomore Andrew Garcia, who finished third on the team with a .298 average, hitting seven doubles, two triples and a home run while driving in 18. He was named NE-10 Rookie of the Week twice and was named to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Scouting the Owls

The Owls, picked to finish fifth in the Northeast-10, enter this weekend's play with an overall 1-1 record for the 2017 season. The Owls earned a 9-0 victory over Bentley University this past weekend, before falling 3-4 to Rollins College. Southern Connecticut was led by redshirt senior Cole Bryant, who was named the NE-10 Pitcher of the Week after he pitched his first complete collegiate game with a nine-inning shutout win over Bentley. The Owls were also led by sophomore Tyler Criscuolo, who was selected to the NE-10 weekly honor roll after having two hits, a run scored in each game, and two stolen bases.