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Merchant Marine Wins Fifth Straight with 16-1 Blowout of Manhattanville

Kings Point, NY – The USMMA baseball team ran its winning streak to five games Thursday afternoon with a 16-1 victory over Manhattanville at Lower Roosevelt Field.  Cameron Stadele (Alpharetta, GA) pitched seven scoreless innings before Ben Tracy (Doylestown, PA) tossed a clean frame and Jeff Suciu (Zanesville, OH)worked the ninth.  Warren Hartmann (Wyckoff, NJ) continued his hot streak with a 3-for-5 outing at the plate, notching three runs and four RBI.

Manhattanville (10-25) put together the first threat of the game after back-to-back singles and a walk in the fourth inning loaded the bases with just one out.  However, Stadele got out of the jam with a short fly out and a groundball to second base.

Merchant Marine (18-12) got its first two hits of the game in the bottom of the fourth as Hartmann and Stadele both registered a single and a stolen base.  Jake Martin (San Diego, CA) made it a 2-0 game with a double to the gap in left center field, giving the junior 19 RBI on the season.  The Mariners worked around a leadoff single in the top of the fifth after Grant Foley (Butler, PA) and Hartmann both made diving plays as the web gems preserved the shutout. 

The Mariners pushed the advantage to 3-0 in their half of the fifth as Keil Silva (Castle Rock, CO) and Andrew MacKinnon (Buffalo, NY) executed a double steal that also included an error to allow Silva to score.  MacKinnon trotted home on the next play as Hartmann put a RBI single into left field and followed his RBI with a second stolen base of the day.  Danny Collins (Sleepy Hollow, NY) added to his Landmark Conference leading RBI total with a hard hit ball into left field to chase-in Hartmann.  Stadele helped his own cause with his second homer of the year, a two-run shot that made it 7-0.

USMMA continued to pile on the runs by hanging up four more in the sixth as Stadele and Foley plated one marker run each while Hartmann added two more RBI to his stat line.  Hartmann's fourth RBI of the day in the seventh brought it to 12-0, Merchant Marine.  The Valiants nearly broke up the shutout in the eighth but the relay of Nicholas Dimas (Keller, TX) to Collins to Nicholas Nalette (Goffstown, NH) cut down a runner at home.  USMMA's scoring was rounded out in the eighth by RBI from Silva, Hunter Titus (Granbury, TX), and Matthew Craft (Murphy, TX).

The Mariners will look to win their sixth straight game Saturday afternoon against Baruch at noon on senior day at Lower Roosevelt Field.