DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Mar. 29, 2017) – Powered by senior Randal Mendez (New York, N.Y. / Coppin State University) who recorded two runs scored, two hits and two RBI in the nightcap, the Mercy College baseball team earned a doubleheader split with Nyack College on Wednesday afternoon, earning a 8-5 win in the nightcap after dropping game one, 16-5.
The Mavericks are now 7-13 overall while the Warriors finish the afternoon 7-8.
Game 1: Nyack 16, Mercy 5
Despite three hits, two RBI, and a home run from senior James Waters (Troy, N.Y. / Troy), the Mavericks were unable to earn the victory for game one.
The Warriors got off to an early lead, recording eight runs before the Mavericks were able to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI double from freshman Rafael De Leon (North Bergen, N.J. / Sussex County CC) to bring freshman Tim Gesualdi (New Milford, Conn. / New Milford) home for Mercy.
The sixth inning saw both teams score two runs each, improving the score to 10-3 entering the seventh inning. Gesualdi notched a two-RBI single up the middle that provided the scoring in the inning.
Waters later hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning, but it was not enough as the Warriors earned the game one win.
Seven Mavericks recorded hits, with Waters and Gesualdi producing two RBI. Senior Charles Fina (Kingston, N.Y. / Ulster County CC) threw four innings for the Mavericks, striking out two.
Nyack was led by Ryan Kahl who went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI, while Dillon Good earned the win with four shutout innings.
Game 2: Mercy 8, Nyack 5
The nightcap saw the Mavericks fight harder offensively, as Mercy was able to record a total of 12 hits in game two.
The Mavericks got off to an early lead, putting two quick runs on the board in the first inning of the nightcap after back-to-back RBIs from Mendez and Fina. The Warriors made it a game in the second inning when they were able to score two runs to make it a tie game entering the third inning.
Mercy was able to put the game away as they scored six unanswered runs in the next three innings. The Mavericks scoring run began with senior Nick Arcabascio (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Quinnipiac University) in the bottom of the third when he singled to center field to bring Fina home. A double down the line from sophomore Anthony Murphy (Peekskill, N.Y. / Peekskill) brought Arcabascio home next, followed by a single from junior John Young (New Hyde Park, N.Y. / Archbishop Molloy), allowing Murphy to record the third run of the inning.
Mercy held the Warriors to no runs scored in the top of the fourth, and allowed their scoring to continue when Mendez got up to bat and drove a single to left field for freshman John Mooradian (Marlboro, N.Y. / Marlboro) to score. Mendez would eventually score for the Mavericks on a passed ball, making the score 7-2 after four innings of play.
A precise Mercy defense would not allow the Warriors to get in scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth, bringing the Mavericks up to bat one last time. Mooradian was able to slam a single up the middle to bring junior Dee Boyles (Sidney, N.Y. / Fulton Montgomery CC) home for the Mavericks eighth run of the contest.
The Warriors were able to score one run in the top of the sixth and put two runs on the board in the top of the seventh inning, but it was not enough as the Mavericks eventually took the nightcap 8-5.
The Mavericks saw four different pitchers on the mound for game two, with freshman Matteo Finocchi (Staatsburg, N.Y. / FDR) earning the win after throwing two innings with no runs scored and striking out two batters.
Head Coach Chris Schoen and the Mavericks return to action on Friday, March 31st as they host Pace University in a non-conference doubleheader. Game times are set for 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.