KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 24, 2016) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team lost the final game of its three-game set against Catholic on Sunday, 6-5, at Lower Roosevelt Field. In defeat, the Mariners fall to 11-21 (6-12 Landmark), while the Cardinals improve to 16-18 (7-11 Landmark).
Junior Matthew Thomson (Memphis, Tenn.) and sophomore Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) led Merchant Marine at the dish, as they both went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Senior Grant Foley (Butler, Pa.) also knocked in a run with an RBI single in the sixth and scored one run, while freshman Jesse Reinebold (Granger, Ind.) recorded an RBI groundout in the bottom of the ninth.
The Mariners scored four of their five runs from the sixth inning on, including two in the bottom of the ninth, but left the tying run on first base in freshman Zack Winzer (Muskegon, Mich.), who reached on a throwing error by Cardinal closer Joseph Salzano that allowed junior Rick Kernan (Blythewood, S.C.) to score.
Freshman starter Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.) suffered the loss after tossing 4.1 innings and allowing five runs on eight hits with six strikeouts. The Cardinals scored four of those five runs in the top of the fifth inning.
In relief, senior Brad Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio) hurled 1.2 innings and allowed a run on one hit with one K, while his twin brother Jeff Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio) followed with two scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk with one strikeout. Junior Nathan Slusarczyk (Woodbury, N.J.) pitched the top of the ninth and only allowed one baserunner on a walk.
Sophomore designated hitter Jake Crist led the Cardinals by going 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Junior Wyatt Schmidt and freshman Ryan Tracy also knocked in a run apiece for Catholic, as Schmidt and senior John Palladino both scored twice in the affair.
On the mound, freshman starter Mason Belcher earned the victory after allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work. Salzano picked up a four-out save after allowing just two runs (one earned) on two hits.
The Mariners return to action this Tuesday, April 26, when they host non-conference opponent Lehman in a single, nine-inning game beginning at 4:15 p.m. at Lower Roosevelt Field. Live stats for the contest are available by following this link.
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