MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Feb. 25, 2017) – Despite an RBI from senior Matt Nalbone (Islip, N.Y./Islip), the Mercy College baseball team dropped an 18-2 decision to No. 6 Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday afternoon in Myrtle Beach.
The Mavericks (1-3) have dropped three games in a row, while the Penmen (3-1) have won three straight games.
Senior Kenny Costa (Byram, N.J./Sussex County CC) and freshman David Deberardinis (Fishkill, N.Y./John Jay) both went 1-for-2 with a run scored, while freshman John Mooradian (Marlboro, N.Y./Marlboro) went 1-for-2. Senior James Waters (Troy, N.Y./Fulton Montgomery CC) made the start on the mound and tossed 1 2/3 innings with three earned runs allowed to take the loss.
Southern New Hampshire was led by Joshua Zbierski who went 2-for-6 with four RBI and three runs scored.
The Penmen got off to a strong start as they scored two runs in the first inning off Waters to take a 2-0 lead after one inning of play. After Mercy went down in order in the second frame, Southern New Hampshire exploded for nine runs in the bottom half of the inning to take an 11-0 advantage after two innings.
After another scoreless inning by the Mavericks in the top of the third, the Penmen tacked on four more runs to build a 15-0 lead after three innings. Mercy finally got on the board in the top of the fifth when Costa led off the inning with a single and later scored on a Nalbone groundout to make it 15-1.
Southern New Hampshire added two more runs in the seventh before the Mavericks got a second run on the board in the eighth inning. Deberardinis singled, later stole second and then advanced to third on a passed ball before scoring on a wild pitch. The Penmen scored one more run in the bottom half of the inning to end the scoring in the contest.
Head Coach Chris Schoen and the Mavericks conclude their Myrtle Beach trip with a game against Southern Connecticut State University tomorrow at 12 p.m.