MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Feb. 23, 2017) – Powered by two RBI nights from senior Randal Mendez (New York, N.Y./Coppin State University) and juniors John Young (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) and Justin Kiesow (Frankfort, N.Y./Herkimer County CC), the Mercy College baseball team overcame a 6-0 deficit to defeat Stonehill College, 10-8, on Thursday night in their season opener in Myrtle Beach.
The Mavericks (1-0) defeat the Skyhawks (0-1) for the second straight year in their season opener.
Mendez went 1-for-5 with two RBI, while Young and Kiesow both went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Freshman John Mooradian (Marlboro, N.Y./Marlboro) batted 3-for-4 with two runs scored in his debut and freshman David Deberardinis (Fishkill, N.Y./John Jay) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Junior Ralph Pasols (Middletown, N.Y./Orange CC) added an RBI and senior Charles Fina (Kingston, N.Y./Ulster County CC) went 1-for-4. Senior Matt Nalbone (Islip, N.Y./Islip) made the start on the mound and tossed two innings before giving way to freshman Spencer Goyette (Honesdale, Pa./Honesdale) who pitched four innings. Freshman Matteo Finocchi (Staatsburg, N.Y./FDR) pitched the final three innings with zero runs allowed and five strikeouts to pick up his first collegiate win in his debut.
Stonehill was led by Eddie Bowler who went 2-for-4 with three RBI.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, Fina led off the top of the second for the Mavericks with a single but was left stranded. The Skyhawks got on the board first with six runs in the bottom of the second with Stonehill slugging five hits in the inning to take what seemed to be a comfortable 6-0 lead after two innings.
The score remained 6-0 heading to the top of the fifth when the Mavericks offense would explode for six runs on two hits and two Stonehill errors to tie the game up at 6-6. Pasols recorded an RBI to start the rally and Deberardinis later scored to make it 6-2. Kiesow drove in Mooradian with a sacrifice fly to get the Mavericks within three. Young later drove in a run and Mercy used the two Stonehill errors to help even the score up at 6-6.
The game remained 6-6 until Bowler drove in a pair of runs with a single in the bottom of the sixth to give the Skyhawks an 8-6 lead after six. Mendez tied the game up with a two-RBI single in the eighth before Kiesow drove in the go-ahead run in the next at bat to put the Mavericks ahead for the first time at 9-8. Young later plated Mendez on a sacrifice fly to right field to give Mercy an insurance run and a 10-8 lead.
Finocchi would shut down the Stonehill offense the rest of the way to give the Mavericks a come-from-behind victory in their season opener.
Head Coach Chris Schoen and the Mavericks resume action tomorrow when they face Southern New Hampshire at 12 p.m. and New Haven at 3 p.m. in Myrtle Beach.