BRONX, N.Y. (April 20, 2016) – The USMMA baseball team traveled just over the Throgs Neck Bridge to face future Skyline Conference rival SUNY Maritime College on Wednesday night and used a hot start to defeat the Privateers, 12-5. With the victory, the Mariners improve to 10-19, while Maritime falls to 19-10.
Merchant Marine scored eight runs over the first three innings and added another in the fourth before the Privateers finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. The Mariners then made it 10-1 in the top of the fifth.
SUNY Maritime made it interesting with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and then added another in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 10-5, but two more runs for USMMA in the top of the ninth put the icing on the cake.
Junior Rick Kernan (Blythewood, S.C.) led the Mariners at the plate by going 3-for-3 with two walks, smashing a two-run homer in the third and adding an RBI single in the very next inning. He finished the game with three RBIs and three runs scored. Freshman Jesse Reinebold (Granger, Ind.) also knocked in three runs in the affair, while junior Matthew Thomson (Memphis, Tenn.) and sophomore Steve Lucy (Leawood, Kan.) both had two RBIs apiece. Lucy was 3-for-4 with two runs scored as well, while Thomson scored once.
Freshman Zack Winzer (Muskegon, Mich.) contributed to the offense by going 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.), senior Jeff Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio) and freshman Braden Barnett (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia) all scored one run for the Mariners in the victory.
On the mound, sophomore Justus Martin (Eaton, Colo.) earned his first win of the season after hurling six innings and allowing four runs on six hits with six strikeouts. Senior Brad Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio) followed with one inning of relief, allowing just an unearned run on two hits and a strikeout and Jeff Suciu finished the final two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit.
For the Privateers, senior Paul Woodburn knocked in a team-high two RBIs and scored once, while sophomore Chris Deddo had two runs. Sophomore starter Eric Kwiecinski suffered the loss after hurling 1.1 innings, allowing five runs on three hits.
The Mariners are back at it this weekend when they host Landmark Conference foe Catholic in a three-game series. The two squads will square off in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Lower Roosevelt Field. Live stat links for all three games this weekend will be available on the USMMA Baseball Schedule Page.
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