KINGS POINT, N.Y. – A four-run eighth inning rally by William Paterson University proved to be too much for the United States Merchant Marine Academy baseball team, as the Mariners fell to the Pioneers, 10-6 in Wayne, N.J. on Wednesday. The Mariners fall to 2-5 while the Pioneers remain undefeated at 5-0.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when Pioneers junior Ryan Gibbons took freshman Joseph Policastro deep for a two-run home run. But the Mariners answered right back in the top of the sixth scoring 3 runs of their own and taking the lead thanks to an RBI single from sophomore Warren Hartmann and RBI doubles from freshman Cameron Stadele and sophomore Danny Collins.
The Pioneers responded in the bottom of the sixth, tacking on four more runs off of freshman Christopher Hinds. RBI's from freshman Mike Arnold, sophomore Rob Pasternak, and juniors Ryan Gibbons and Vin Fondacaro allowed the Pioneers to retake the lead, 6-3, heading into the seventh.
The Mariners closed to within one run of the Pioneers in the top of the eighth inning, scoring on a RBI sac fly by sophomore John Martin and on an error by Pioneers third baseman Mike Arnold. But in the bottom of the inning, the Pioneers would pad their lead with another four-run frame. The big blow was a two-run single from Pasternak surrendered by junior Christopher O'Donnell. Gibbons followed with another single and an RBI and sophomore A.J. Flores tacked on a sac fly RBI. At the end of the inning the Pioneers led 10-5 over the Mariners.
The Mariners came up for the last time in the top of the ninth, and even added a run on a sac fly RBI from Stadele, but the eighth inning rally by the Pioneers proved to be too much to overcome as the Mariners fell by a final score of 10-6. Pioneers starting pitcher, junior Matt Goitz, earned the win giving up 3 runs on 5 hits over 5 1/3 innings of work. Christopher Hinds takes the loss for the Mariners, giving up 4 runs on 2 hits in 2/3 innings.
Next up for the United States Merchant Marine Academy is a double-header at Susquehanna University as the Mariners take on the Crusaders this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.