RINDGE, N.H. (May 7, 2010) – Sophomore Tim Curran (S. Weymouth, Mass.) launched a solo homerun to right field to lead off the top half of the second inning and that is all Merrimack would need as the Warriors eliminated third seeded University of New Haven with a 4-0 victory Friday afternoon in day two action of the Northeast-10 Baseball Championship at Dr. Arthur & Martha Pappas Field on the campus of Franklin Pierce University.
With the win Merrimack improves to 21-17 and will face the winner of the Franklin Pierce/Stonehill game at noon tomorrow. New Haven is now 31-13 and will await word on a possible NCAA Tournament bid when pairings are announced Sunday evening.
Curran jump started a four-run second inning for the Warriors which also included a two-run single by freshman Brett Julian (Weymouth, Mass.).
Merrimack starter senior Dylan Ellis (Gloucester, Mass.) went the distance to pick up his fourth win of the season. Ellis limited the New Haven offense to just two hits, while striking out eight batters. Senior Ed Medeiros (Seekonk, Mass.) went 3-for-4 for the Warriors and scored a run.
For New Haven, sophomore Jordan Kershaw (Seymour, Conn.) and senior Tom Ballaro (Shelton, Conn.) each recorded a hit.
With 16 member institutions the Northeast-10 shares the distinction of being the largest Division II conference in the country along with the PSAC and WVIAC. Its 23 championship sports provide athletic opportunities for over 5,500 student-athletes, the largest such program of any Division II conference.