Baseball falls to Salem State, 5-1

SALEM, Mass. (taken from a Salem State press release) -- Salem State College sophomore Matt Kerr (East Freetown, MA) pitched a complete-game allowing only one unearned run while striking out six to lead the Vikings past the Brandeis University Judges 5-1 in a non-conference game on Monday afternoon. SSC improved to 5-5 on the season, while Brandeis fell to 3-8.

Kerr pitched six scoreless innings before allowing a run in the seventh inning.

Salem State jumped out on top in the bottom of the first scoring four runs off of Brandeis rookie Andrew Weissenberg (Demarest, N.J./Northern Valley Regional). Guery Alonzo (Boston, MA) and Tory Ingemi (Malden, MA) both walked. Steve Mucci (Wallkill, NY) then singled to score Alonzo for the first run of the game. Ryan Kane (Nahant, MA) contributed by scoring both Ingemi and Mucci on a two-run double, increasing the Vikings lead 3-0.

Brandeis sophomore Alex Tynan (Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat) came on to relieve Weissenberg at that point Joe Galindo (Monument, CO), who had two hits on the day, singled, advancing Kane to third base. With two runners on base, Evan Valcourt (Salisbury, MA) hit a pop up in front of the Vikings dugout. Senior first baseman Drake Livada (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) made a nice running grab, but heads up base running by Kane scored the fourth run of the inning.

Salem State put runners on base over each of the next four innings, but the Brandeis relief corps of Tynan, senior Nick Pollack (Brooklyn, N.Y./Berkeley Carroll School) and rookie Mike Swerdloff (Scarsdale, N.Y./Ardsley) kept the Vikings at bat. Swerdloff was especially impressive, giving up three hits but striking out four in three innings of work.

Brandeis finally got on the board in the seventh inning. Sophomore RF Zach Malis (Merrick, N.Y./Bellmore JFK) reached on an error and scored on a double by senior catcher Artie Posch (Hopedale, Mass.), who went 2-for-4 on the day, accounting for half of the Brandeis hits.

Weissenberg, who faced only four batters in the loss, gave up two hits and two walks and four earned runs.

The Vikings added another run in the eighth inning when Devon Davis (Abbington, MA) walked and scored on a wild pitch.

Brandeis is next scheduled to face Wheaton College tomorrow at 3 p.m.

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