Mercyhurst baseball advanced to 14-0 with the sweep of the Clarion Eagles Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21. The Lakers outscored the Eagles 9-3 and 9-0, respectively.
Redshirt sophomore Collin McKee was the starting pitcher for the Lakers and earned his third win of the season. McKee allowed only four hits in five innings with nine strike-outs.
Redshirt senior Angel Martinez led the Lakers in offense with three hits, two runs batted in (RBI) and one run scored.
Designated hitter, junior Dan Popio, hit a double, sending center fielder Ryan Siegel to the plate and putting the Lakers up 1-0 early in the first inning.
The Eagles answered in the second inning when Edinboro native, Josh Ponsol, scored on Austin Mike’s single, tying the game at 1-1.
Mercyhurst went on to score five runs before Clarion scored their second run in the fifth inning, making the score 6-2.
Relief pitcher Connor Ryan came on to close the game as the Lakers took the 9-3 win for the first game of the series.
Redshirt senior Jon Klein started the second game. Klein pitched six full innings for the Lakers and earned his third win of the year. Along with allowing only three hits in the game, Klein continued to have a perfect earned run average (ERA) of 0.00.
Redshirt senior Jordan Bray came on to close the game, retiring all three batters and recording one strikeout.
Mercyhurst’s offense scored in every inning of the second game. Martinez led as he went 2 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs.
Junior Hank Morrison had three hits on four plate appearances, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning.
“My goal every game is to be able to help the team in any way I possibly can to get a win,” said Morrison. “We all did a great job of putting together hits to get runs in.”