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March 25, 2014

Merchant Marine and CCNY Play to 5-5 Draw

Kings Point, NY - Warren Hartmann (Wyckoff, NJ) was 3-of-4 and hit his third homerun of the season as the USMMA baseball team ended up with a 5-5 tie Tuesday against CCNY.  The Mariners held a 5-4 advantage heading into the final inning of the shortened game but one of the Beavers three unearned runs would knot the game at 5-5 in the top of the eighth.  USMMA also had the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the eighth before a game ending 1-2-3 double play closed the night for both teams.

CCNY (5-3-1) opened the scoring with three runs, two unearned, in the top of the second inning.  The big hit of the frame was a two-RBI double off the bat of Jhosse Estrella.  Jeff Wright (Las Vegas, NV) got the start for USMMA and pitched five innings while allowing just one earned run and striking out three hitters.  The freshman hurler worked out of a tight jam in the fourth, using back-to-back strikeouts to escape a bases loaded threat from the Beavers.

Merchant Marine (8-5-1) immediately leveled the tilt in the bottom of the second inning with a trio of runs.  Joseph Policastro (Hauppauge, NY) ripped a two-run double over the center fielder's head to make it 3-2.  Grant Foley (Butler, PA), who went 2-of-3 at the dish, picked up the RBI as Policastro came home to level the contest at 3-3.

USMMA set up its first lead of the day in the fourth inning after Hartmann and Tyler Alger (Fairfax, VA) successfully executed a double steal.  A passed ball would allow Alger to score as the Mariners took a 4-3 edge.  Mike Smith brought the Beavers back even in the sixth inning with a RBI single to right-center field.  

Hartmann put the Mariners back in front with his long homerun to left field in the bottom of the seventh.  However, CCNY would capitalize on a Mariners error following a single in the eighth that put a runner on third with no outs.  Smith again came up with the RBI single for the visitors to supply the game tying run after USMMA was unable to walk-off in the bottom of the eighth.

The USMMA baseball team is scheduled to return to the field tomorrow at Maritime (NY).