MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Feb. 24, 2017) – Despite a home run on the day from senior Randal Mendez (New York, N.Y./Coppin State University), the Mercy College baseball team dropped a 7-1 decision to No. 6 Southern New Hampshire University before falling 7-0 to the University of New Haven on Friday afternoon in Myrtle Beach.
The Mavericks (1-2) fail to build off their win from yesterday, while the Penmen (1-1) pick up their first win and the Chargers (2-0) remain undefeated.
Game 1: Southern New Hampshire 7, Mercy 1
The opening game of the day saw the game remain scoreless after two innings of play. The Penmen finally got to Mercy starter senior Kenny Costa (Byram, N.J./Sussex County CC) in the third inning, plating two runs to take a 2-0 lead. The Mavericks went down in order in the third and Southern New Hampshire went down in order in the fourth before Mendez led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run to make it 2-1.
The Penmen responded with a run in the fifth to increase their lead to 3-1. Mercy's offense continued to struggle and was set down in order in the bottom half of the inning. Southern New Hampshire distanced themselves from the Mavericks with three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-1 lead.
The Penmen added a run in the eighth inning to take a 7-1 advantage and Mercy could only muster three hits in the contest.
Mendez went 1-for-3 with a home run, while freshman John Mooradian (Marlboro, N.Y./Marlboro) and sophomore Joseph Sadallah (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) recorded the other two Mercy hits. Costa pitched five innings with five strikeouts to take the loss.
Game 2: New Haven 7, Mercy 0
The Mercy offense continued to struggle in the nightcap, finishing with just five hits. A pitcher's duel broke out early on as graduate student James Patterson (Cornwall, N.Y./Cornwall) dealt three scoreless innings to begin the contest.
The score remained 0-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth when the Chargers broke through with a sacrifice fly, following a double, to take a 1-0 lead after four innings. New Haven struck again in the fifth inning when they plated two more runs to increase their lead to 3-0.
Sadallah and senior Nick Arcabascio (Brooklyn, N.Y./Quinnipiac University) recorded singles in the Mercy sixth inning, but were left stranded. The Chargers broke open the game in the seventh inning with a three-run home run off the bat of Nick Perrelli to take a 6-0 lead. New Haven added an unearned run in the eighth to help secure the win.
Mooradian went 1-for-4 and Sadallah batted 1-for-2, while Arcabascio went 1-for-3. Sophomore Anthony Murphy (Peekskill, N.Y./Peekskill) recorded his first two hits as a Maverick, going 2-for-3 in the nightcap. Patterson tossed the opening five innings with three earned runs allowed to take the loss.
Head Coach Chris Schoen and the Mavericks resume action on Saturday, February 25th against Southern New Hampshire at 4 p.m. in Myrtle Beach.