Baseball Struggles at Plate, Falls at Pace

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (March 2, 2012) – The Mercy College baseball struggled to get started again against Pace University on Friday, getting no-hit through 6 2/3 innings and falling 10-0.

Pace stays undefeated to start the season at 3-0, while Mercy drops to 0-2 with the loss.

The Setters' junior pitcher Michael Tamburino (Baldwin, N.Y.) pitched a no-hitter through the first six innings, giving up only two walks and striking out five.  Junior centerfield Nick Papas (Castleton, N.Y.) got the Mavericks' first and only hit on a two-out single in the top of the seventh after Tamburino had been lifted with an 8-0 lead.

While Mercy's offense struggled to find its groove, Pace's was firing on all cylinders from the start.  The Setters picked up their first run on an RBI single from junior catcher Joe Solomeno (Holbrook, N.Y.) in the bottom of the first and got two more in the second when junior designated hitter Brandon Martineson (Warwick, N.Y.) knocked sophomore left fielder James Pjura (Shelton, Conn.) in and came in to score on the next at-bat as graduate student right fielder Chris Roemer (Ardsley, N.Y.) singled him in.

After another Pjura single and double-steal with Martineson in the bottom of the fourth, errors by junior right fielder Andrew Bock (Malverne, N.Y.) and freshman second baseman Vinny Orlando (East Meadow, N.Y.) allowed sophomore shortstop Chris Gili (Waccabuc, N.Y.) to clear the bases to give the Setters a 6-0 lead.  Another Martineson single and steal later in the sixth inning, the Setters had men on second and third which a groundout RBI and sacrifice fly turned into two more runs.  Yet another Pjura single and sacrifice fly pushed two more runs across in the seventh after an error by sophomore first baseman Jesus Jaile (Hartsdale, N.Y.), and although sophomore shortstop Jeremy Lovera (Carmel, N.Y.) reached third base in the top of the ninth, Jaile could not bring him home as the fell, 10-0.

The Mavericks pitching staff was a bit unlucky to allow 10 runs (only six earned), as the seven players to take the mound gave up just two extra-base hits, both doubles.  Pace's aggressive attitude on the basepaths helped to negate that with five steals, however.  Senior Billy Dring (Mahopac, N.Y.) got the start and loss for Mercy, giving up three runs on five hits in two innings while striking out one.  The best performance came from 6'7" freshman Brian Solomon (Newburgh, N.Y.) in the third inning as he mowed down all three batters he faced, punching out two.

Junior pitcher Nick Sammartano (Huntington Station, N.Y.) finished the game for Pace, notching a save the hard way in going three innings with a hit and walk allowed while striking out two.  Pjura and Martineson combined to go 5-6 with five runs and two RBI in the back half of the lineup, while Roemer's two RBI on led the team.

Head Coach Bob Greiner and the Mavericks will look to avenge the loss on Sunday, March 4 in a rematch at Pace.  The Mavericks will be the home team and are set to deliver the first pitch at 1:00 p.m.