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Pitching Rules the Day as Mercyhurst and Ashland Split

March 25, 2006


Erie, Pa. - Mercyhurst and Ashland opened Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play Saturday by splitting a pair of games dominated by pitching. The Eagles won the opener 2-1 while the Lakers took the nightcap 3-1. The start of the doubleheader was delayed nearly 90 minutes because of inclement weather.

Ashland junior catcher Eric Zattlin hit a two-run homer in the second, his first of the season, and junior pitcher Josh Davidson (7-1) tossed a complete-game five-hitter as the Eagles edged the Lakers in the opener. Mercyhurst senior Brandon Mendola (2-1) also allowed only five hits in absorbing the tough setback. The Lakers bounced back to take the nightcap 3-1 behind the five-hit pitching of junior Adam Nine (2-1).

After wasting a two-on, no-out situation in the first, the Eagles put two on the board in the top of the second. Junior DH John Hosgood was hit by a pitch and, one batter later, Zattlin homered to right.

The Lakers got a lead-off double from sophomore Joe Lulli in the fourth, but couldn't score, but drew within a run in the last of the fifth when they bunched a walk to junior Tim Echan, a single by senior Matt Echan, an infield error, and an RBI ground ball by sophomore David Lough.

The Lakers left two aboard in the sixth, but went 1-2-3 in the seventh.

Mercyhurst plated single runs in the first three innings of the second game. Sophomore Scott Monzel stroked a two-out double to score Matt Echan in the first; senior Joe Mariano singled home senior Brian Zacour in the second; and Zacour singled in Lulli in the third. All the damge came against Ashland senior Cody Castle (3-1). Ashland's lone run, unearned, came in the fourth on a pair of hits and an infield error. Sophomore Dan Bertolini joined Zacour with two hits apiece in an 8-hit Mercyhurst attack.

The Lakers ended the day 12-7 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC while the Eagles finished 19-4 and 1-1.

The teams will conclude weekend play Sunday with another doubleheader scheduled to start at 12 noon.


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