KINGS POINT, N.Y. – In the penultimate game of its 2011 season, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team cruised past St. Joseph's College of Long Island, 20-8 at Lower Roosevelt Field in Kings Point, N.Y. With the win, the Mariners improved to 15-14-1 overall, while the Golden Eagles fell to 17-20 with the loss.
Heading into the bottom of the third inning, the Mariners trailed the Golden Eagles, 5-1. Kings Point exploded in that frame for an incredible 12 runs. There were six RBI singles in the inning, to go along with freshman 1B Jake Martin's (San Diego, Calif.) two-run single. St. Joseph's also committed four errors in the inning to help the Mariners' cause.
USMMA piggybacked that big inning with a seven-run outburst in the fourth. Jake Martin had another two-run single, which was followed up by rookie SS Danny Collins (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) blasting a three-run dinger over the left field wall. It was Collins' fourth homer of the year, which leads the squad and is tied for fifth in the Landmark Conference.
The Mariners polished off the final five innings and earned their 15th victory of the season, which put them above the .500 mark again.
Junior starting hurler Andy Martin (San Diego, Calif.) pitched six innings and earned the win to see his record improve to 3-3 on the season. He surrendered six runs on 10 hits and whiffed five Golden Eagles.
Jake Martin finished with a game-high five RBI, while every Mariners starter recorded at least one hit. Four batters went either 3-for-5 or 3-for-6 at the plate.
Head Coach Michael Notebaert and the Mariners close out their 2011 season with a home game against Mount St. Vincent on Thursday, May 5. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.