Nyack would open their season against Bridgeport University down in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Warrior's would jump on the board early, scoring 3 runs in the 1st inning off two walks with the bases loaded, scoring Phil Erwin and Josh Brunvoll. Bridgeport would put up a 3 spot in the 2nd and 4th inning. Entering the 7th, Nyack would scratch a run across tying the game at 7 apiece. After a 20 minute rain delay, Bridgeport would respond with 2 unearned runs in the 8th against the Warriors bullpen. In relief, Zack Kamerman would pitch 4 innings of 2 run ball (1 earned), keeping Nyack in striking distance. With the score tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 8th, Bridgeport would tally a 2-spot and hold on for the 9-7 win. Jan-Pi Crespo, Cole Tobin, Brent James, Larry Vidaurre, Erwin, and Eric Roe all had multi-hit games for the Warriors. Roe would also notch his first collegiate homer in the loss.
Senior, Matthias Westfall, started on the hill for the Warrior's, allowing 3 runs over 5 innings of work, battling through tough situations and leaving with the Warriors trailing by 3-1. Dowling put up a 4 spot in both the 7th and 8th inning against Nyack's bullpen to make the game 11-3. Nyack would respond in the bottom half of the 8th inning, scoring 4 runs of their own off a 3 RBI triple from Junior John Kennedy, and an RBI single from the bat of Junior Larry Vidaurre. Nyack would also score 2 more runs in the 9th from Larry Vidaurre's RBI single and Phil Erwin's sacrifice fly, yet the Warrior rally would fall short as Dowling would come up with the 11-7 win.
In game three against Molloy, Nyack would lead 3-1 heading into the 7th inning. The Warrior's would surrender a 5 run inning in the top of the 7th as Mollloy capitalized on several Nyack defensive miscues and a 2 RBI single from Molloy's three hitter. Nyack's offense would respond an inning later and push 2 runs across the board with hits by Captains Cole Tobin and JP Crespo. After reliever Tony Campbell struck out the side in the top of the ninth, the Warriors went to the bottom half of the inning down 6-5, but would be unable to notch the equalizer as Molloy held on for the 6-5 win. Craig Jacobs would toss 6.1 innings of work, allowing 4 runs (3 earned), taking the loss for Nyack.
After three games against ECC competition, Nyack would battle nationally ranked Franklin Pierce. Nyack's starter, Cole Tobin, would complete 7 innings of work, allowing 3 runs (1 earned), while suffering a tough loss. Down 3-0 in the 8th, Nyack would scratch across a run and put the tying run in scoring position with 1-out, but the Raven Bullpen would silence the Warriors threat in the 8th with back to back strikeouts. Franklin Pierce's offense would answer with a 4 spot in the bottom of the 8th. The Warrior's battled home across 2 more runs in the 9th but it wouldn't be enough to top the Ravens. Shortstop, Larry Vidaurre, collected 2 hits on the day while JP Crespo and freshman Jack Hudak each had an RBI.
Coach Matt Cornacchione summarized the weekend's effort: "Obviously this wasn't the start we wanted, but it was great to get outside, face good competition and see significant improvement every game. I am extremely excited about where this team is going to be as we move through this early part of our schedule."
The Warriors were slated to play Feb. 27th and 28th, but will have to wait until next Wednesday in Fort Pierce, FL, when they take on Mary University (1 PM) and Post University (4 PM).