Misericordia baseball claims 4th straight Freedom Title

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Box Score

The Misericordia University baseball team won its fourth consecutive Freedom Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon, defeating Manhattanville College 10-6 in the “if necessary” game.

The Cougars started the tournament with a win over FDU-Florham on Friday, but suffered a tough loss to Manhattanville on Saturday afternoon. However, like in years past, the Cougars bounced back to win the Freedom Conference Championship.

Ryan Dorosh was named the Freedom Conference Championships MVP for his efforts over the weekend. The sophomore right-hander picked up two wins, including a stellar performance in relief in the Cougar’s victory over Manhattanville earlier in the day.

Jeremy DeCotiis led the Cougars on offense with two hits and three RBI while Mike Comerford had a three-run homer. Nick Hair added two hits and an RBI and Chris Borochfinished the game with two RBI. Joe Tagliarini and Kyle Lindsay added a hit for MU.

Brett Davis picked up his first win and was magnificent on the hill in relief for the Cougars. He tossed four innings of shutout baseball, allowing just five hits while striking out two en route to his first win of the season.

Despite losing the game, Manhattanville did take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Comerford answered with his three-run blast in the bottom of the first, giving MU a 3-1 lead after one.

DeCotiis added an RBI triple in the second and Boroch successfully executed the squeeze play with a perfect bunt down the first base side to give the Cougars a 5-1 lead after three.

Manhattanville responded with a four-run fourth inning, tying the game at 5-5 in the top of the fourth.

Again the Valiants lead didn’t last long as Tagliarini scored on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Boroch. Hair and Lindsay followed with RBI singles of their own to extend the MU lead to 8-5 after four innings of play.

DeCotiis capped the Cougars scoring with a two-run single through the right side to extend the lead to 10-5 after five.

The Valiants added one in the top of the ninth, but it was too little too late as Cory Vogeli slammed the door on Manhattanville, securing the Cougars fourth straight Freedom Conference Championship.

With the win, the Cougars improved to 29-13-1 overall and earned an automatic bid into the 2014 NCAA Tournament and will play in the Mid-Atlantic Regional at PNC Field in Moosic, PA, which begins on Wednesday May 14.