FLUSHING, N.Y. (Apr. 22, 2017) – Powered by a home run in game two from sophomore Anthony Murphy (Peekskill, N.Y./Peekskill) and a complete game shutout from graduate student James Patterson (Cornwall, N.Y./Cornwall), the Mercy College baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision to ECC foe Queens College in game one before earning a 2-0 win in game two on Saturday afternoon at Hennekens Stadium.
The Mavericks (10-21, 4-11 ECC) have won two of their last three games, while the Knights (12-18, 6-12 ECC) have dropped four of their last five games.
Game 1: Queens 2, Mercy 1
A pitcher's duel broke out in the opening game of the day as freshman David Deberardinis (Fishkill, N.Y./John Jay) and Queens starter Nick Morena tossed five scoreless innings to begin the game. The Knights scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Billy Riches after a Mercy error and Joseph Pidoto single.
Queens held a 1-0 lead heading into the eighth when the Mavericks tied the game up at 1-1 on an error by the second baseman. The Knights went on to win the game in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single off a bunt with one out in the inning.
Senior Randal Mendez went 2-for-4 and Deberardinis went 5 1/3 innings with no earned runs allowed. Freshman Matteo Finocchi (Staatsburg, N.Y./FDR) pitched three innings in relief and allowed an unearned run to take the loss.
Game 2: Mercy 2, Queens 0
After dropping game one 2-1 with all three runs in the opener coming on errors, the Mavericks opened the nightcap with a run in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Senior Randal Mendez (New York, N.Y./Coppin State University) reached first on an error and later went to third after a sophomore Joseph Sadallah (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) double to left center. Senior Nick Arcabascio (Brooklyn, N.Y./Quinnipiac University) brought Mendez home on a groundout to second base. The Mavericks looked to add on, but a groundout to the pitcher ended the inning.
The one run is all that Patterson would need as he held the Knights off the board, tossing the second shutout against Queens in two days. Patterson held Queens hitless until the third inning and Murphy later provided the Mavericks with an insurance run in the top of the sixth with his second home run of the season to make it 2-0.
Patterson escaped a jam in the sixth inning to keep it 2-0 and worked around a single in the seventh to earn his second win of the year.
Murphy went 1-for-3, while Sadallah, freshman John Mooradian (Marlboro, N.Y./Marlboro) and juniors Ralph Pasols (Middletown, N.Y./Orange CC), Dee Boyles (Sidney, N.Y./Fulton Montgomery CC) and Justin Kiesow (Frankfort, N.Y./Herkimer County CC) recorded hits. Patterson struck out three and allowed five hits to earn the win.
Cameron Burt pitched five innings for the Knights with five strikeouts to take the loss.
A recap for game one will be provided when a box score is made available.
Head Coach Chris Schoen and the Maverick resume action tomorrow when they host Queens at 12 p.m.