KINGS POINT, N.Y. (March 26, 2016) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team lost both games of a Landmark Conference doubleheader on Saturday to visiting Drew University – dropping the opener 3-2, before falling in the second game, 4-2. The losses drop the Mariners to 4-12 (1-5 Landmark), while the Rangers improve to 9-10 (3-3 Landmark) after their three-game sweep.
Drew scored twice in the first inning of the first game on a sacrifice fly and an infield single. The Mariners responded later in the game with two of their own in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Matthew Thomson (Memphis, Tenn.) singled up the middle to score sophomore Alex Gambino (Haddonfield, N.J.) and freshman Jesse Reinebold (Granger, Ind.).
The Rangers took the lead once again in the top of the seventh, however, and despite getting a base runner on in the bottom half of the inning and then over to third on a passed ball and a balk, USMMA left the tying run stranded 90 feet away.
Thomson finished the game 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base, while Reinebold was 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored and Gambino went 1-for-3 with a run. Freshman Kai Vitella (Lewes, Del.) ended the game 2-for-3 from the dish with a double.
On the mound, junior Patrick Morgan (Roxboro, N.C.) suffered his first loss of the year as he falls to 1-1 after hurling all seven innings and allowing three runs on 11 hits with five strikeouts.
Drew's three, four and five hitters supplied the RBIs, as junior Mike Miraglia was 1-for-3, while classmate Tommy Broyles and sophomore Ryan Sabbag both went 2-for-4 in the game. Junior lefty Patrick Boyle earned the complete game victory, tossing seven innings and allowing two runs on seven hits with eight Ks.
The Rangers struck quickly in the second game as well, as they scored after a one-out double led to a two-out RBI single up the middle two batters later. They added three more in the top of the third, including two unearned runs after the Mariners committed two costly errors in the frame.
The Mariners threatened in the bottom of the sixth, but were only able to bring two runs across, despite having the bases loaded. The runs came off the bats of sophomore Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) and Vitella. Barnes' one-out single to left scored classmate Steve Lucy (Leawood, Kan.) and Vitella's RBI groundout to first allowed Reinebold to come home.
Senior reliever Brad Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio) allowed just one base runner in the top of the seventh and escaped unharmed, but the Mariners went in order during their last licks to close out the ballgame.
Merchant Marine had just four hits in the second game off of the bats of sophomore Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.), Barnes, Vitella and senior Jeff Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio). Reinebold and Lucy both drew one walk and scored in the contest. Freshman starter Andrew Spinnenweber (Pasadena, Md.) suffered the loss after tossing four innings and allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with three strikeouts. Freshman reliever Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.) worked two shutout innings, allowing just two hits with three Ks.
Broyles and Miraglia both had RBIs and each scored one run in the game for Drew. Freshman Jayson Mitch and junior Jonathan Rodrigues knocked in the other two runs for the Rangers. Mitch and senior Anthony Feltre were both 2-for-4 to lead the way at the plate and Feltre scored a run.
Junior Ryan Fitzpatrick earned the win on the mound as he went 5.1 innings and allowed two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts. Broyles came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth and earned the save after retiring all five batters he faced.
The Mariners will hit the road for a non-conference game at nearby Farmingdale State College on Tuesday night, March 29. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the Rams' campus field in Farmingdale, N.Y. Live stats for the contest will be available by following this link.
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