---- — RINDGE, N.H. — Playing in its first postseason game in three years after clinching a spot in the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, the Merrimack baseball team stunned No. 26 Franklin Pierce 4-1.
The Warriors (27-17) will play defending champion Le Moyne as part of the four-team, double-elimination NE-10 championship weekend on Thursday afternoon at the University of New Haven. Start times and the official bracket will be announced by the league on www.northeast10.org.
NE-10 Rookie of the Year Frank Crinella drove in two runs and junior Eddie Newton clouted his first career homer to lead the Warriors.
Merrimack scored a run each in the second, third, fourth and fifth to take a three-run lead.
Top-seeded Franklin Pierce (32-16) dropped just its second home game in 20 contests this spring.
Junior Alex Morency went the distance while yielding one unearned run on five hits and striking out six over all nine innings. He bested NE-10 Pitcher of the Year Trevor Graham (8-2), who surrendered four runs — three earned — on six hits while striking out five over six innings.
Morency found himself in trouble with runners at second and third and one down in the second. But he ebounded with back-to-back strikeouts.
The winner of the Merrimack-Le Moyne game will meet the winner of Bentley-New Haven on Friday, with the losers also playing in an elimination game that day.