MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Feb. 26, 2017) – Despite an RBI double from senior Charles Fina (Kingston, N.Y./Ulster County CC), the Mercy College baseball team concluded its Myrtle Beach trip with an 11-2 setback to Southern Connecticut State University on Sunday afternoon.
The Mavericks (1-4) have dropped four games in a row, while the Owls (3-3) improve to .500 on the year.
Fina went 2-for-2 with an RBI, while senior Nick Arcabascio (Brooklyn, N.Y./Quinnipiac University) went 1-for-3. Junior Dee Boyles (Sidney, N.Y./Fulton Montgomery CC) and freshman David Deberardinis (Fishkill, N.Y./John Jay) both went 1-for-3 and senior James Waters (Troy, N.Y./Fulton Montgomery CC) batted 1-for-1 with a run scored. Junior John Young (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) made the start on the bump and went three innings with four earned runs allowed to take the loss.
The Owls were led by Greg Zullo and Mike DeMartino who both recorded three RBI.
Southern Connecticut got off to a quick start as they plated three runs in the top of the first on four hits to take a 3-0 lead. Mercy put runners on first and second in the bottom half of the inning, but could not score.
After a scoreless second inning for both teams, the Owls scored a run in the third on a fielder's choice to take a 4-0 lead. Arcabascio led off the Mavericks half of the third with a single, but a double play and groundout ended the threat and inning.
Southern Connecticut put the game out of reach in the fourth as Tyler Criscuolo recorded an RBI double and Zullo followed with a two-run home run in the next at bat to give the Owls a 7-0 lead. Mercy got on the board in the bottom half of the inning as junior Justin Kiesow (Frankfort, N.Y./Herkimer County CC) scored on a wild pitch after leading off the inning with a walk.
The Owls added on a run in the fifth and two runs in the eighth inning to take a 10-1 lead. The Mavericks notched their second run of the game in the bottom of the eighth when Fina drove home Waters with an RBI double after Waters led off the inning with a single.
Southern Connecticut tacked on another run in the top of the ninth to finish off the scoring for the day.
Head Coach Chris Schoen and the Mavericks return home and will host American International College on Sunday, March 5th for a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m.