KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The United States Merchant Marine Academy swept a doubleheader of Drew University by scores of 12-1 and 3-2 in Kings Point on Sunday. The Mariners improve to 13-6 overall and 7-1 in Landmark Conference play while the Rangers fall to 9-9 overall and 1-4 in conference matchups.
The Mariners showed their offensive prowess in the first game, erupting for a dozen runs to back senior Andy Martin who made the start for the Mariners. The Mariners opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, with an RBI single from Andy Martin and a two-run home run to left field by sophomore Warren Hartmann.
The Mariners would add two more runs in the bottom of the third with RBI's from Martin and freshman Jacob Wood, but they would really pull away in the bottom of the third. The Mariners opened the third inning with singles from freshman Cameron Stadele and sophomore John Martin. Sophomore Danny Collins followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. Junior Dustin Thomsen crushed a double to left field knocking in two, and sophomore Nicholas Kopacka followed suit with his own two-run double, also to left. Wood and Hartmann each added RBI singles to give the Mariners a six-run frame, and a nine-run lead over the Rangers.
The Mariners would limit the Rangers to only one run in the top of the third inning en route to a 12-1 victory. Andy Martin earned the win for the Mariners, allowing only one run on four hits over seven innings. Junior Tom Koontz took the loss for the Rangers, lasting only two and a third while allowing 11 runs on 13 hits on the day.
Runs were harder to come by in the second game of the doubleheader, but the Mariners made theirs count. The Rangers opened the scoring in the top of the third inning with a pair of RBI singles. The Mariners answered back in the bottom of the fourth with two runs of their own as Dustin Thomsen connected for a two-run home run to left field.
The score remained tied until the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Mariners entered "extra innings" in what was supposed to be a shortened seven-inning game. Hartmann started things off with a single to right, and Stadele reached on an error by the Rangers third baseman. Hartmann advanced to third on the error, leaving runners on the corners with only one out for John Martin. Martin laid down a bunt up the first base line just far enough for Hartmann to cross the plate for the winning run, as the Mariners walk-off to a 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
Dustin Thomsen earned the win for the Mariners, allowing two runs, one of them earned, on seven hits over eight innings of work. Junior Pat Rock took the loss for the Rangers, allowing one run on three hits in one and a third innings of relief.