Baseball finishes one win short of last season’s tally

Steve Thompson

Sports Editor

The 2011 Spring Mercy Men’s Baseball Season has been rained on like no other in recent memory. The April 25th matchup versus Queens College had to be postponed as did the double header versus C.W Post two days prior. The rain has overshadowed a season that by no means has been one to boast over but yet presented more consistent baseball as a unit.

The Mavericks currently stand at 17-28 as of dropping a doubleheader on May 9 to conclude the season. After getting off to a shaky start this season, the squad had pulled together 9-7 record during final stretch of the season before losing six of its last seven games.

The midseason resurgence had been a result of team balance being played on all aspects of the diamond.

The turnaround began on April 2nd when Mercy defeated Dowling College 5-2. This was a big boost for the team as Dowling whooped Mercy to the tune of 35 runs over the previous four games, including two shutouts. The win ended a low stretch of the season as Mercy had lost five of six contests.

“Losing a few in a row humbled us definitely. We definitely needed to get focused,” said outfielder Tony Bosto.

In April, the team has played its best baseball this season. Mercy battered cross river rival Nyack 11-6 on April 15. Andrew Bock led the Mavericks going 4-for-5 scoring two runs and knocking in three more. The team would follow that up splitting a tough four game set against Queens College.

With nine games remaining and sitting four games below .500, the team had a shot to  break even on the season. With 17 regular season wins and 10 conference victories, the Mavs fell short of 19 overall wins and 13 conference victories.

Andrew Bock has played started all games thus far this season and has hit 259 with 29 hits and 21 runs as of April 28. Matt Walsh has been a constant at the plate all season hitting .314 while leading the team with 33 hits.