BROOKLYN, N.Y. (March 15, 2016) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team lost its first game in New York this season, 7-1, to non-conference opponent Baruch on Tuesday afternoon at MCU Park in Coney Island. In defeat, the Mariners fall to 2-7 on the season, while the Bearcats improve to 5-7.
Sophomore Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) went 3-for-4 from the plate for USMMA with a triple and a stolen base. The Mariners' only run of the game came in the top of the ninth when senior Quinn Fleming (Ashburn, Va.) hit a one-out triple to left and freshman Kai Vitella (Lewes, Del.) knocked him in with a single to left in the next at bat.
Merchant Marine fell behind early as Baruch took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second and then added three more in the next inning. The Bearcats hung three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out their scoring.
Sophomore starter Justus Martin (Eaton, Colo.) suffered the loss after hurling five innings and allowing seven runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. In relief, freshman John Kelly Jr. (Apex, N.C.) tossed three shutout innings without allowing a hit while facing the minimum.
For the Bearcats, senior Matthew Ballone was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in the second innings. Sophomore Donovan Hunt went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and Ballone and freshman Michael McGroarty both scored twice on the afternoon. Junior lefty Cameron Kitt earned the victory after going eight shutout innings and allowing seven hits with six Ks.
The Mariners return to action this weekend, when they travel to Huntingdon, Pa., to take on Juniata in their first Landmark weekend of the season. A doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a single game on Sunday at noon.
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