POMONA, N.Y. (May 4, 2017) – Despite three RBI from junior Justin Kiesow (Frankfort, N.Y./Herkimer County CC), the Mercy College baseball team suffered a 14-6 setback to ECC foe St. Thomas Aquinas College on Thursday night at Palisades Credit Union Park.
The Mavericks (10-29, 4-18 ECC) have dropped eight games in a row, while the Spartans (34-13, 17-5 ECC) have won seven games in a row.
Kiesow went 2-for-4 with three RBI, while senior Randal Mendez (New York, N.Y./Coppin State University) went 1-for-4 with a run and RBI. Sophomore Anthony Murphy (Peekskill, N.Y./Peekskill) went 3-for-4 with two runs and freshman Spencer Goyette (Honesdale, Pa./Honesdale) batted 1-for-1. Sophomore Joseph Sadallah (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) went 1-for-3 with a run scored and freshman John Mooradian (Marlboro, N.Y./Marlboro) went 1-for-4. Junior John Young (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) made the start on the mound and went two innings to take the loss.
St. Thomas Aquinas was led by Cris Ruiz who went 2-for-2 with a game-high four RBI. Frankie Moscatiello went six innings with two earned runs allowed to earn the win.
Mercy opened the scoring in the top of the first with two runs on three hits and a Spartans error to take a 2-0 lead. Murphy doubled and later moved to third on a Mendez single. After a senior Nick Arcabascio (Brooklyn, N.Y./Quinnipiac University) walk, Kiesow drove in Mendez and Murphy with a two-RBI single to right field to put Mercy on the board.
The Spartans took the lead for good in the bottom of the second with four runs on two hits to build a 4-2 lead. The inning started with back-to-back home runs and later saw two runs score on a passed ball and balk.
St. Thomas Aquinas built onto their lead in the bottom of the third with four runs on three hits and a Mercy error to take an 8-2 lead. It remained 8-2 until the bottom of the fifth when the Spartans tacked on a run on two hits to increase the lead to 9-2.
A five-run sixth inning gave St. Thomas Aquinas a 14-2 lead after six innings of play. The Mavericks scored a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Mendez after Sadallah singled and Murphy doubled. Mercy added on three more runs in the top of the ninth on three hits and two Spartans errors, but it was not enough as St. Thomas Aquinas earned the victory.
Head Coach Chris Schoen and the Mavericks resume action on Saturday, May 6th when they host St. Thomas Aquinas for Senior Day at 11 a.m.