Baseball wins 33rd consecutive in sweep of Lakers

(Herkimer's Tyler Phillips collects his two RBI's in game one from a single to left field).

(Herkimer's Taishi Terashima begins an eventual nine run fifth inning for the Generals, all with two outs Saturday).

HERKIMER, NY – Aided by solid pitching and timely hitting on Saturday (5/9), the Herkimer Generals baseball team swept their 16th straight opponent, this time in a sub-regional best of three playoff series, defeating Finger Lakes Community College 9-2 and 13-3 at home.

Staring in game one of the Saturday doubleheader was sophomore Patrick Merryweather (Baldwinsville, NY). The lefty allowed two runs off of two hits in the first inning, then settled in, allowing two hits in his final seven innings before Michael Harrington (Glens Falls, NY) came in relief of the ninth inning. It was Merryweather’s longest outing of the season, building on his impressive season where he has only allowed four earned runs in his last 31 innings pitched, spanning six starts. Merryweather is now 7-1, which is eighth best in the nation in wins.

Offensively in game one Tyler Phillips (Hancock, NY) and Jake Rouse (Milford, CT) went a combined 7-for-9 from the two and seven spot in the Generals line-up. Phillips went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in - but also scored two runs - increasing his season totals to 55 runs scored, 65 hits and 17 doubles which are all Top 10 in the nation. Added to that, his .481 batting average ranks fifth nationally. As for Rouse, he went 3-for-4 with two runs batted, in totaling 20 RBI in his last 10 games.

Freshman Joe Nellis (Johnstown, NY) got the start in game two and tied Merryweather for the team lead in wins (7-0), going 4 2/3 innings, but allowed his most runs in a game since April 12th against Schenectady when the Royals tallied six runs against the lefty. Nellis hadn’t allowed a run in his last four starts, and on top of that, opponent only had five hits in his last 17 innings pitched. The Lakers totals didn’t hurt Nellis much however, still boasting a 0.59 earn run average this season.

Getting the final out in relief of game two was Harrington, totaling 1 1/3 innings in the doubleheader. Limiting Harrington’s second outing was the Generals offense, scoring nine runs in their half of the fifth inning, all with two outs. Christian Malave (Milford, CT) and Patrick Dorrian (Kingston, NY) supplied the big hits, a double from Malave and triple from Dorrian to shorten the game due to a 10-run rule. Malave went 1-for-2 in the game with two RBI, ending a 2-for-12 skid the freshman had been in his last four games. Dorrian went 3-for-3 with three RBI and one walk. Dorrian is currently ranked sixth in the nation with 51 runs batted in and fourth in walks with 31.

Up next for the Generals is the Region III Final Four which is hosted at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls, NY. Herkimer will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament, followed by No. 2 Erie Community College, No. 3 Niagara and No. 4 Schenectady. Games will take place from Friday, May 15th to Sunday, May 17th. Stay tuned to our athletic website for more details, as we are the host for this event.

Game One:

Herkimer Generals 9, Finger Lakes Lakers 2

Lakers 200 000 000 – 2 4 1

Generals 420 010 200 – 9 16 1

WP: Patrick Merryweather (7-1) LP: Sam McCumiskey (4-3) 2B: Herkimer 2 (Terashima, Phillips); RBI: Generals 8 (Phillips 2, Rouse 2, Dorrian, Boland, Rave, Lichtman) Finger Lakes 2 (Tracy, Juergens); Records: Herkimer 27-1, 40-3 Lakers 12-6, 20-25

Game Two:

Herkimer Generals 13, Finger Lakes Lakers 3

Lakers 100 20 – 3 7 5

Generals 002 29 – 13 11 1

WP: Joe Nellis (7-0) LP: Ryan Landers (4-5) 3B: 2 (Dorrian, Malave); 2B: Finger Lakes 2 (Goodbread, Heasley); RBI: Generals 7 (Dorrian 3, Malave 2, Rouse, Lichtman) Lakers 3 (Heasley 2, Tracy) Records: Herkimer 27-1, 41-3 Finger Lakes 12-6, 20-26

-Giorgio Varlaro

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