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Self-Inflicted Pain Cost Mavs in Loss to Silver Knights

June 8, 2015 - Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL)
Seacoast Mavericks News Release

Portsmouth, NH, June 7th, 2015 - The Seacoast Mavericks (2-2) lost a tough one to the Nashua Silver Knights (2-1) 13-9 Sunday evening at Leary Field. Sloppy play and wild pitching cost the team an otherwise winnable game.

The Mavericks got off to a fast start when Louis Mele (Bethpage, NJ, NYIT) hit a single up the middle, then Ryan Gendron (Nashua, NH, SNHU) continued his torrid start at home by launching a 2 out 1-0 fastball over the left centerfield fence, giving the Mavs an early 2-0 lead.

Ryan Ricci (Williamsburg, VA, George Mason University) got the start and struggled to find the zone from the first pitch. He got some help from the Silver Knights aggressiveness at the plate, putting the ball in play early in the count in the game's beginning innings. The Mavericks grabbed another run in the 2nd when catcher Matt Mayo (Enfield, CT, Point University) was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a double from Ethan Mohan (Calgary, Canada, Thompson River University).

The 3rd inning was when the tires started to come off. A pair of singles was followed by a 3-run shot courtesy of Ben Bengston (Concord, NH University of Hartford) to even the score. In the 4th a trio of errors (Joyce, Mayo 2) led to a pair of unearned runs for Nashua. Nashua sent 12 batters to the plate in the 5th and scored 8 runs as the Mavericks pitching staff struggled to find the strike zone. The Mavs' pitchers gave up 6 free bases, 3 of them with the bases loaded. The inning was capped off with a Grand Slam from Tyler Schwanz (Howell, MI, University of Maine) putting the Knights up big.

The Knights held the Mavericks scoreless for 5 innings after that, until Gendron struck again with another 2-run blast down the left field line. In two games so far at Leary Field Gendron has hit 3 home runs. The Mavericks wouldn't give up as they tried to piece together a rally in the 9th inning. They put up 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, but the deficit was too large to overcome, finally falling by a score of 13-9.

Ricci took the loss for the Mavericks as Clay Conaway (Georgetown, DE, University of Maine) threw 6 innings and giving up 3-earned on 3 hits and walking 3. Bengston put on a clinic, going 3-for5 with a walk and a homerun, 4 RBI's and 2 runs.

After an off day Monday, the Mavericks are back at it Tuesday June 9th with a home game against the North Shore Navigators. First pitch scheduled for 6:35pm.

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