Head Coach Pete Egbert won his 400th game as a collegiate head coach, Friday afternoon, as the Misericordia baseball team downed Manhattanville, 13-5, at Tambur Field.
After winning 91 games in five years at Fitchburg State, Egbert has now won 309 games in 11 seasons in Dallas.
The Cougars improve to 20-10 oveall and 12-4 in the MAC Freedom as the Valiants fall to 11-13 and 7-6 in conference play.
Kenny Jarema reached base five times in the game, walking four times sandwiched around a 3-run home run. Steve Weisensee had two hits and two RBI and Sean Boylan went 1-3 with two runs batted in as well. Conor Smith and Shane Hughes each tallied two hits for the Cougars.
Ian McCole earned the win to improve to 6-0 on the season.
In the top of the first, McCole walked two and hit a batter, but worked out of it by striking out two and getting a groundout to Boylan at shortstop.
The Cougars loaded the bases as well in the bottom of the first on a walk, hit-by pitch and a single, and also looked like they were not going to capitalize as Weisensee hit a grounder with one out to the first baseman who threw to second for the force out, but the return throw by the shortstop was wide allowing two runs to score. Smith added another run by lacing an RBI single just over the leaping second baseman to put Misericordia up 3-0 after one inning of play.
After Hathaway Roper hit a solo home run in the second, the Cougars got the run back when Kenny Jarema walked and stole second and third before scoring on a bunt single by Weisensee.
After the starting pitcher for Manhattanville hit his fifth batter of the game to lead off the third inning, Francisco Jaile entered in relief and promptly walked the first batter, setting the stage for Jarema. The junior sent a 3-1 pitch over the right field fence for his first home run since opening day to extend the MU lead to 7-2. Guinta added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to put the Cougars up six after three innings.
The Valiants cut their deficit in half in the fifth, but Misericordia got all three runs back in the bottom of the sixth. Weisensee, Hughes and Smith all scored on two groundouts and a wild pitch after each singling to lead off the inning.
The Cougars added a run in the seventh and eighth innings on another wild pitch and an RBI double from Boylan to provide extra insurance for Zach Mason, who threw four scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit and striking out six, to earn the save.
The Cougars will complete this three-game series with Manhattanville, tomorrow in Purchase, New York, with a doubleheader slated to begin at 1:00.