POMONA, N.Y. (May 7, 2017) - Despite four Mavericks recording hits, the Mercy College baseball team dropped a 4-1 decision to St. Thomas Aquinas on Sunday afternoon at Palisades Credit Union Park.
With the loss, the Mavericks conclude the 2017 season with a 10-32 overall record and a 4-21 record in the East Coast Conference. The Spartans improve to 37-13 overall and 20-5 in the ECC.
Junior Joseph Sadallah (Staten Island, N.Y. / Tottenville) went 1-for-4 with one run scored. Sophomore Anthony Murphy (Peekskill, N.Y. / Peekskill) went 1-for-2. Juniors Ralph Pasols (Middletown, N.Y. / Orange CC) and John Young (New Hyde Park, N.Y / Archbishop Molloy) both finished the afternoon 1-for-3. Senior Randal Mendez (New York, N.Y. / Coppin State University) recorded one RBI for the Mavericks. Senior Matt Nalbone (Islip, N.Y. / Islip) tossed seven innings for the Mavericks, striking out three batters.
The Spartans were led by Greg Dawber who finished 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI. Juan Adorno went 2-for-1 with one run scored. John Bednarek earned the win, throwing six innings with six strikeouts.
The Mavericks wasted no time in the contest getting on the board, as they were able to record the first run of the afternoon. A single from Sadallah would start off the first inning. Precise base running from the junior would allow for him to advance to second on a wild pitch, followed by a Spartan throwing error to allow Sadallah to reach third place and enter scoring position. The Spartans would then decide to intentionally walk Murphy, bringing Mendez to the plate. A fielder's choice would allow for Mendez to reach first base and bring Sadallah home to record the first run of the game.
The Spartans answered back in the bottom of the second inning, when they were able to record four runs on four hits. A two run single from Dawber would get the Spartans offense going. Later in the inning Matthew Morgan would hit a single to center field to allow for two more St. Thomas Aquinas runs to be scored.
Despite eight more hits throughout the game, neither team was able to score for the remainder of the contest. The Mavericks eventually fell to the Spartans 4-1 in nine innings.