KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 23, 2016) – The USMMA baseball team split a Landmark Conference doubleheader against visiting Catholic on Saturday, winning the opener 7-6, before falling the second game, 5-1. The Mariners' record moves to 11-20 (6-11 Landmark), while the Cardinals' record moves to 15-18 (6-11 Landmark).
Freshman Jesse Reinebold (Granger, Ind.) and Zack Winzer (Muskegon, Mich.) were both 2-for-3 at the plate in the first game to lead the Mariners. Winzer recorded one RBI and a run scored, while Reinebold also scored once. Junior Matthew Thomson (Memphis, Tenn.) and freshman Tyler Mowry (Peachtree City, Ga.) knocked in one run each. Thomson and sophomore Steve Lucy (Leawood, Kan.) both scored a team-high two runs apiece. Senior Quinn Fleming (Ashburn, Va.) scored once in the affair.
On the mound, junior Patrick Morgan (Roxboro, N.C.) earned the victory to improve his record to 4-2 on the season. He lasted 5.2 innings and allowed six runs (four earned) on 13 hits with three strikeouts. Senior Jeff Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio) earned the save, his second of the season, after tossing the final 1.1 innings and only allowing one walk.
Two Cardinals knocked in two runs each to lead the visitors – sophomore Jake Crist and freshman Bailey Lewis. They were both 1-for-4 at the plate. Senior starter Colin Kelly suffered the loss after hurling 3.1 innings and allowing seven runs (five earned) on seven hits with three Ks.
In the second game, the Mariner bats were limited to just two hits off of Catholic's freshman starter Jon Mierzwa. They finished the game with three hits. Their lone run came on an RBI single through the right side by sophomore Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) that plated Lucy in the bottom of the sixth that made the score 5-1.
Freshman Andrew Spinnenweber (Pasadena, Md.) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts in five innings of work. Classmate John Kelly Jr. (Apex, N.C.) came in for two innings of relief and allowed two runs on four hits with one K.
Mierzwa earned the victory after six innings of one-run ball (unearned), allowing just two hits with five strikeouts. Junior Joseph Salzano earned the save after inheriting two runners in the bottom of the seventh and striking out two of his three batters faced. At the plate, sophomore Danny O'Hagan and freshman Ryan Tracy both knocked in two runs for the Cardinals.
The two teams are back in action tomorrow, Sunday, April 24, for the rubber game of the three-game set beginning at 12-noon at Lower Roosevelt Field. Live stats for the contest are available by following this link.
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