DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Apr. 5, 2017) – Despite an RBI from senior Nick Arcabascio (Brooklyn, N.Y./Quinnipiac University) and a strong pitching performance from senior Kenny Costa (Byram, N.J./Sussex County CC), the Mercy College baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision to ECC foe Molloy College on Wednesday afternoon at Mercy Field.
The Mavericks (7-15, 1-5 ECC) have now lost two straight games, while the Lions (9-16, 4-3 ECC) move over .500 in ECC play.
Arcabascio went 1-for-4 with an RBI and sophomore Anthony Murphy (Peekskill, N.Y./Peekskill) batted 1-for-4 with a run scored. Four other Mavericks recorded a hit and Costa went the first eight innings with two earned runs allowed and four strikeouts to take the loss.
Molloy was led by Kevin Podell and Jake Saltzman who both went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Anthony Catinella pitched the first eight innings on the mound with one earned run allowed to earn the win, while Shawn Klotsche pitched the ninth to earn the save.
The game was scoreless until the top of the second when the Lions got on the board as Saltzman drove home Anthony Alberghina, who had singled earlier in the inning, to make it 1-0.
It remained 1-0 until the fifth inning as both pitchers continued to perform well. Molloy added their second run of the contest with a Podell single up the middle that scored Ryan Hensley from second to increase their lead to 2-0.
Mercy finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh as Arcabascio hit an RBI single to right field that scored Murphy from second after the sophomore had doubled in the previous at bat to get the Mavericks within a run. Arcabascio later stole second but a flyout and groundout ended the threat.
The Mavericks put a runner in scoring position in the eighth after freshman John Mooradian (Marlboro, N.Y./Marlboro) singled and moved to second on a balk. However, the threat ended with a flyout that kept the score at 2-1. Mercy looked to rally in the bottom of the ninth, but Klotsche tossed a 1-2-3 inning to secure the win for the Lions.
Head Coach Chris Schoen and the Mavericks resume action on Saturday, April 8th when they host St. Thomas Aquinas at 12 p.m.