Merrimack Blanks Baseball, 3-0


- Score: Merrimack 3, Assumption 0

- Records: Assumption (12-19, 5-11 NE10); Merrimack (15-14-1, 9-4-1 NE10)

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Rocheleau Field)

- The Lead: The Assumption baseball team struggled to string hits together today as Merrimack's PJ Browne tossed a four hit shutout to give the Warriors a 3-0 divisional win.


- Junior Kyle Chudoba (Oxford, Conn. / Oxford) took the bump today and went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs while recording two strikeouts. Freshman Kyle Autilio (Saugus, Mass. / Saugus) came on in relief and went 2.0 innings allowing a run and striking out three batters, while classmate Manny PegueroMelo (Boston, Mass. / Xaverian) pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

- Merrimack got on the board first in the top of third inning when Mike Forgione walked, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Joey Porricelli then doubled down the left field line to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Warriors scored once more in the sixth and again in the eighth to close the scoring at 3-0.

- Assumption's best chance to score came in the bottom of the seventh when freshman Matt Schneider (Dalton, Mass. / Wahconah Regional) led off with a single through the left side of the infield and junior Mike Schmidt (Jackson, N.J. / Jackson Memorial) connected on a base hit to give the Hounds runners on first and second with one out. Browne however worked out of the jam to keep Merrimack's lead and his shutout intact.


- Schneider led the Hounds at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort, while freshman Jared Brescia (Brentwood, N.H. / Exeter) went 1-for-4 and Schmidt finished 1-for-4.



- The Hounds return to action Saturday, April 22, when they host Saint Anselm at Rocheleau Field for a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m.



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