First-year Tom Gibbons had three hits in King's doubleheader loss to Misericordia. Photo Credit: King's College Athletics
First-year Tom Gibbons had three hits in King’s doubleheader loss to Misericordia.
Photo Credit: King’s College Athletics

Monarch baseball continues to have its struggles against conference rival Misericordia University. The Monarchs traveled to Dallas on Thursday for a doubleheader with the Cougars and were swept by their rivals to give the Cougars their 11th and 12th consecutive wins over the Monarchs.

Misericordia used solid pitching to shut down the Monarch offense by taking game one 2-0 before winning game two 3-1.

Misericorida improves to 19-10-1 overall and 13-4 in conference play on the season while the Monarchs fall to 7-14 overall and 5-11 in conference play.

The Cougars started game one by scoring one run in the first inning on an RBI single from Kyle Lindsay and adding their second run in the fourth after Mike Comerford scored on a throwing error from Monarch catcher Stephen Brynok. Ryan Dorosh shut down the Monarch offense, allowing just one hit in the game, a second inning single from freshman Tom Gibbions.

Dorosh improved to a perfect 7-0 on the year as the sophomore went all seven innings allowing just the one hit while striking out eight and walking one.

Senior Shawn Heck was charged with the loss for King’s despite a fine performance on the hill. Heck went all six innings allowing just two runs, both of them earned, and six hits while striking out two. He also walked one.

The Monarch offense got going to start game two. In the top of the first inning junior Anthony Lizzi brought home senior Tim Zaccone on an infield groundout to give King’s the early 1-0 lead. But that is all the Monarchs would get.

The Cougars responded with a run in the bottom of the frame on a Steve Cuccio RBI single. The Cougars added a run in both the third and fourth innings thanks to two RBI singles from Lindsay.

Tim Burek picked up the win on the mound for Misericorida. Burek went six innings allowing just one unearned run and three hits. He also struck out four and walked two. Corey Lee picked up the save for the Cougars allowing just one hit in the game’s final inning.

Junior Ryan Gimbi took the loss for King’s. Gimbi went all six innings allowing eight hits and three earned runs while striking out seven and walking four.

The Monarchs have slim playoff hopes as they enter the season’s final week. In what has been a season in which the weather has been the main issue, the Monarchs will have a busy final week as they try and return to the playoffs. They will conclude the series with Misericorida at home on Monday before hosting Manhattanville on Tuesday and playing a nonconference game with Baptist Bible College on Wednesday. Senior Day will be on Friday when the Monarchs host Farleigh Dickinson-Florham before concluding the season in Madison, NJ against the Devils with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.