DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Mar. 5, 2017) – Despite nine different Mavericks recording an RBI on the day, the Mercy College baseball team dropped 16-12 and 13-4 decisions to American International College in their home-opening doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Mercy Field.
The Mavericks (1-6) have now lost six games in a row, while the Yellow Jackets (2-0) begin their 2017 season with a pair of wins.
Game 1: American International 16, Mercy 12
A slugfest broke out in the opening game of the day as the two teams combined for 28 runs and 31 hits. The visitors got on the board first as they put up four runs in the top of the first on three hits and a Mercy error to take a 4-0 lead. The Mavericks came back with a run in the bottom half of the inning as senior Randal Mendez (New York, N.Y./Coppin State University) drove home sophomore Joseph Sadallah (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) with an RBI double to make it 4-1 after one inning of play.
After a scoreless top of the second inning, the Mavericks plated two runs in the bottom half of the inning as junior Dee Boyles (Sidney, N.Y./Fulton Montgomery CC) singled home a run to make it 4-2 before Sadallah brought home Boyles later in the frame to make it 4-3 after two innings.
The Yellow Jackets broke open the game with five runs in their third inning to take a 9-3 lead. American International looked to have the game in hand, but the Mavericks would not quit and put three runs across the board in the bottom of the fourth to make it 9-6. Mendez recorded an RBI and junior Justin Kiesow (Frankfort, N.Y./Herkimer County CC) produced a sacrifice fly to help lead the scoring.
The guests would go on and erupt for five more runs in the top of the sixth to increase their lead to 14-6. The Yellow Jackets scored another run in the seventh to make it 15-6 before the Mavericks exploded for five runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh to make it 15-11. Freshman David Deberardinis (Fishkill, N.Y./John Jay) led the scoring with an RBI single, while freshman John Mooradian (Marlboro, N.Y./Marlboro) recorded a bases-clearing triple that brought home three runs. Sadallah ended the scoring in the frame with a sacrifice fly.
AIC scored an unearned run in the eighth to make it 16-11, but Boyles got the run back in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI groundout to make it 16-12. Mendez doubled in the ninth, but the Mavericks could not produce any more hits and the Yellow Jackets came away with the victory.
Mendez went 3-for-5 with two RBI, while Deberardinis went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Mooradian went 1-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI and sophomore Anthony Murphy (Peekskill, N.Y./Peekskill) went 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Boyles batted 1-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI and Sadallah went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI. Senior Matt Nalbone (Islip, N.Y./Islip) made the start and went 2 1/3 innings with three strikeouts to take the loss.
AIC was led by Chris Starcun who went 2-for-4 with four RBI and Anthony Crudale pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief to earn the win.
Game 2: American International 13, Mercy 4 (6 Innings)
The nightcap was played for six innings due to darkness and the Mavericks got on the board first in the first inning as Murphy singled home Sadallah to give Mercy a 1-0 lead. AIC took the lead for good with three runs in the second on four hits, taking a 3-1 lead.
The Yellow Jackets broke open the game with five runs in the third, increasing their lead to 8-1. Murphy and senior Charles Fina (Kingston, N.Y./Ulster County CC) responded with RBI singles in the bottom of the inning, making it 8-3. AIC scored two more in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to take a commanding 12-3 lead. Freshman Tim Gesualdi (New Milford, Conn./New Milford) would bring home the final Mercy run of the day in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single, but the deficit proved too much to overcome.
Murphy went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Fina went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Senior Kenny Costa (Byram, N.J./Sussex County CC) made the start on the mound and pitched 3 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Joe Pepe led the Yellow Jackets going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI. Matt Costanza pitched a complete game to earn the win.
Head Coach Chris Schoen and the Mavericks resume action on Wednesday, March 8th when they play USciences at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y. starting at 12 p.m.