BASEBALL BLANKS MERRIMACK, 8-0, TO ADVANCE IN NORTHEAST-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
New Haven, Conn. – Senior righty Kevin Carroll (Jamesville, N.Y./Fabius-Pompey) tossed complete game to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to an 8-0 win over Merrimack College on Thursday afternoon in the sixth game of the Northeast-10 Conference Championships at The Ballpark at Southern Connecticut State. The Dolphins advance to game eight of the championship (the winner's bracket final) and will take on New Haven or Bentley at 12:30 on Friday at New Haven's Frank Vieira Field.
The Dolphins, who are the defending conference champion, opened the game's scoring with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Junior left fielder Nate Reynolds (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) drew a walk to open the frame and came around to score on a double to left field by senior catcher Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley), who then took third on the throw home. Graduate student second baseman Vincent Redmond (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing/Garrett College) then drove in Stinson as he reached on a muffed throw by the first baseman. After the Dolphins loaded the bases on a single back to the pitcher by graduate student designated hitter Matthew Ciraco (White Plains, N.Y./Perkiomen School) and a walk by senior third baseman Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi), graduate student shortstop Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) lifted a sacrifice fly to center to plate Ciraco.
Le Moyne (25-22), which has won seven straight games, added two runs on three hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. After the first two batters of the frame were retired, Stinson and Redmond singled and Ciraco walked to load the bases. Wiley then singled up the middle to knock in Stinson and Redmond.
The Dolphins finished off the game's scoring with three runs on two hits in the eighth inning. Reynolds drew a lead-off walk and then advanced to third on a two-out single down the right field line by Ciraco. Following a walk by Wiley to load the bases, Wiese singled through the right side to drive in Reynolds and Ciraco, while Wiley scored on an error by the catcher.
Carroll struck out six batters to earn his fifth win of the season, while scattering five hits and two walks. Ciraco, Wiley, Stinson and Redmond each had two of Le Moyne's 10 hits, while Wiese and Wiley each drove in two runs. Tim Cashman took the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits over four innings.