KINGS POINT, N.Y. (May 2, 2016) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team dropped its home-finale to visiting Landmark Conference opponent Moravian, 17-5, on Monday afternoon at Lower Roosevelt Field. The game was a make-up of Sunday's rainout. The Mariners fall to 11-24 (6-15 Landmark), while the Greyhounds improve to 21-19 (14-7 Landmark).
After falling behind 5-0 over the first inning and a half, the Mariners fought back to tie the score at 5-5 with five runs in the bottom of the second inning. Freshman Zack Winzer (Muskegon, Mich.) was the third batter of the frame and had the third-straight single for the Mariners to plate junior Rick Kernan (Blythewood, S.C.).
Three batters later, freshman Tyler Mowry (Peachtree City, Ga.) had a two-out single through the right side to score Winzer, and senior Jeff Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio) came across after the ball got past the Moravian right fielder to make it 5-3. The next batter, sophomore Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) singled to left to bring junior Matthew Thomson (Memphis, Tenn.) and Mowry in and tie the score.
The Greyhounds regained the advantage with a run in the top of the third and then scored three more times in the fourth to make it 9-5. They added seven more runs in the final three innings before the game was called after eight due to the declining sunlight.
Barnes and Kernan both finished 2-for-4, as Barnes had two RBIs and Kernan scored once. Suciu was 2-for-3 from the plate with a run.
Junior Nathan Slusarczyk (Woodbury, N.J.) suffered the loss after tossing 3.2 innings and allowing nine runs (just four earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts. In relief, freshman Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.) threw 2.2 innings and had six runs scored against (three earned) on eight hits with two K's. Senior Brad Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio) hurled the final 1.2 innings and allowed two runs on two hits. In total, Moravian scored eight unearned runs thanks in large part to eight Mariner errors in the field.
For the Greyhounds, freshman Austin Markowski and senior Cameron Leon both knocked in two runs while socinr three times apiece. Senior Ian Carbone earned the win on the mound after he pitched three shutout innings, allowing just one hit, walking one and striking out eight USMMA batters.
The Mariners close out the 2016 season tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 3, when they travel to future Skyline Conference opponent Old Westbury. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 at the Panthers' Jackie Robinson Athletic Center. Live stats for the season-finale are available by following this link.
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