Madison, NJ - The USMMA baseball team won the night cap of a Saturday double header, 6-3, against Drew to take two-of-three from the Rangers in a Landmark Conference series. The Mariners fell 14-2 in the opening game of the double dip before rebounding for their fifth victory in the last seven games as well as getting the better of a Landmark Conference series for the second straight weekend. Cameron Stadele (Alpharetta, GA) pitched seven innings allowing just one earned run in the USMMA win with both Warren Hartmann (Wyckoff, NJ) and Keil Silva (Castle Rock, CO) went 3-for-4 at the dish.
Drew (6-11, 1-5) scored in all but one inning of the opening game 4-for-4, 3 runs scored, and one RBI performance of Steve Kowalski. Alex Taylor went the distance for the Rangers and did not surrender an earned run to the Mariners. The USMMA offense came in the form of a sacrifice fly from Hartmann as well as a Stadele RBI single.
Merchant Marine (8-8, 5-4 Landmark) jumped on the Rangers quickly in the second game as Danny Collins (Sleepy Hollow, NY) roped a RBI double in the first inning. Silva and Joseph Policastro (Hauppauge, NY) would follow suit with RBI doubles of their own in the top of the second inning. USMMA extended the lead to 4-0 in the third with help of a Drew two-out fielding error. The Rangers closed the gap to 4-3 in their half of the third but Merchant Marine immediately got one run back on a Hartmann RBI infield single. Hartmann also ended the day's scoring with a RBI double in the sixth inning that provided an insurance run with Policastro crossing the plate to make it 6-3.
Stadele struck out 10 batters to earn his second win of the season as the sophomore allowed just three hits and two walks in his second complete game of 2013.
The USMMA baseball team returns to the diamond Thursday, April 4 for a non-conference game at Lower Roosevelt field against John Jay. First-pitch is set for 4:00 pm.