The Mercyhurst Lakers baseball team recorded a 3-1 weekend for April 21 and 22 in a series of double-headers against the Gannon University Golden Knights.
“Overall we feel pretty good about winning this past series, but we have very high expectations for ourselves and that one loss definitely sticks out in our minds a little bit,” said junior Drew DelSignore. “There are a lot of good things we can take away from the weekend, but we know there is still a lot we can improve on also.”
DelSignore had five RBIs on the weekend.
The first double-header, held at Mercyhurst, was a sweep for the Lakers. Game one was a 6-5 victory, followed by a 5-0 sweep in game two.
Saturday’s games were held downtown in the Golden Knights’ home territory. The first went to Mercyhurst with a clear cut 10-4 victory. Game two, unfortunately, was scoreless for the Lakers, and the Golden Knights walked away with a 4-0 victory.
“Gannon winning the final game on Sunday wasn’t how we wanted to finish up the weekend,” said DelSignore. “However I know that our team is very hungry and won’t dwell on one loss. It just gives us room for improvement and bouncing back and becoming a stronger team.”
The win snapped the Lakers’ win streak, which was at 18 upon the Saturday loss. The 18-game win streak ties with that of the 1997 and 2016 Lakers for the second highest in program history, only to the 1994 team which stringed together 24 in a row.
All things considered, the Lakers are now 31-3 and are No. 1 in the PSAC with a 18-2 conference record. An April 21 NCAA DII report named the Lakers as the team with the best starting pitching rotation in the League.
“It is definitely a good feeling to see our team get recognition for the success we have had so far on the national level,” said DelSignore. “But we know that just getting talked about during the season isn’t all we want. We want to be talked about at the end by teams all over the country. There is still a lot of season left and we are not satisfied of where we are right now.”
The Lakers step up to the plate next against Pitt-Johnstown on April 28 and 29.