KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The United States Merchant Marine Academy baseball team got back on the winning track on Tuesday, defeating SUNY Maritime at home by a score of 9-6. The Mariners improve to 6-6 overall and 2-1 in Landmark conference play while the Privateers fall to 8-6 on the season.
The Mariners jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore John Martin led off with a single and scored on an RBI triple by sophomore Danny Collins. Sophomore Nicholas Kopacka brought Collins home with an RBI single and later scored on an RBI single by junior Dustin Thomsen. The Mariners led 3-0 heading into the top of the third inning, but the Privateers would be quick to respond. The Privateers put four runs on the board thanks to RBI singles from freshman Matthew Sollin and senior Matt Jernegan, and sac flies from freshman Joseph Longo and junior Ed Martinez to pull ahead of the Mariners, 4-3.
Trailing by one in the bottom of the seventh, the Mariners got some clutch hits while also taking advantage of a few Privateer miscues to retake the lead. With runners on the corners, Kopacka reached on a fielder's choice, scoring freshman Cameron Stadele from third. Sophomore Nicholas Nalette reached on an error by the Maritime third baseman, scoring Kopacka from third. Senior John Hubach followed with an RBI single, knocking in Thomsen and giving the Mariners an 8-6 lead.
The Mariners would add another run in the bottom of the eighth, an RBI single by Kopacka, giving him three on the day while going 2-4 at the plate with 2 runs scored. The Mariners held on for a 9-6 victory over the Privateers.
Junior Christopher O'Donnell earned the win for the Mariners, giving up two runs on four hits in four innings of relief work. Sophomore Nicholas Sarna took the loss for the Privateers, giving up nine runs, five of them earned, on 15 hits in seven innings of work.
Next up for the United States Merchant Marine Academy will be another home game against Baruch College at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.