BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (May 3, 2017) – Despite a triple and a home run from sophomore Anthony Murphy (Peekskill, N.Y. / Peekskill) , the Mercy College baseball team dropped a 10-9 decision to ECC foe University of Bridgeport on Wednesday afternoon at Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
The Mavericks (10-28, 4-17 ECC) fail to gain a conference win against the Purple Knights. Bridgeport improves to 17-21 overall and 11-10 in ECC play with the victory.
Murphy went 2-for-5 with four RBI and one run scored. Senior Nick Arcabascio (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Quinnipiac University) went 2-for-4 with one run scored. Freshman John Mooradian (Marlboro, N.Y. / Marlboro) finished the afternoon 1-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. Senior Charles Fina (Kingston, N.Y. / Ulster CC) went 1-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and one RBI. Sophomore Joseph Sadallah (Staten Island, N.Y. / Tottenville) recorded two RBI and one run scored in the contest. Senior Matt Nalbone (Islip, N.Y. / Islip) made the start on the mound for Mercy, throwing five innings and striking out six batters.
Bridgeport was led by Dylan Steigerwald, who finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Ben Torres went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Zach Burger went 1-for-4 with four RBI. Denis Lyman threw 4.1 innings for the Purple Knights, striking out four batters and allowing three hits.
The Mavericks fell behind early and could not recover in the final game of the season series against the Purple Knights. Bridgeport plated their first run of the game off a double down the left field line from Torres, bringing Dave Egeland home to put the Purple Knights on the board. Tyler Gambardella was up next, doubling down to right field for a two run RBI, allowing Torres and Daren Grabowski to score two more runs. A wild pitch allowed Gambardella to bring the Purple Knights lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
The Mavericks answered back in the top of the third inning, when Mooradian tripled to right center, bringing Fina home. A sacrifice fly from Sadallah would allow Mooradian to score the Mavericks final run of the inning, closing the gap to a 4-2 score on the board.
The fourth inning was quiet, as neither team were able to record runs. Mercy had an explosive inning in the top of the fourth, recording four of their nine runs. Sadallah started the scoring run after reaching third base on an error, bringing John Young home. Murphy took the game into his hands, as he blasted a three run triple to right field, giving the Mavericks a 6-4 lead in the top of the fifth.
The Purple Knights were able to collectively score another four runs in the fifth and sixth inning, giving them the lead once again with a score of 8-6. A home run from Murphy in the top of the seventh would get the scoring started for the Mavericks. A bunt from Young would eventually allow senior Randal Mendez (New York, N.Y./Coppin State University) to score unearned. A sacrifice bunt down the third base line from Fina brought Arcabascio home to give Mercy the 9-8 lead after seven innings of play.
The Purple Knights tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, when Zach Burger flied out to right field, allowing Gambardella to score the tying run. The Mavericks would eventually fall to the Purple Knights in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Cam Overbaugh was able to ground out to second base allowing DiNicola to score the winning run.
Head Coach Chris Schoen and the Mavericks resume action on Friday, May 5th when they travel to Pomona, N.Y. to take on the Spartans of St. Thomas Aquinas at 3:30 p.m.