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Baseball Wins A Pair Of Skyline Games At Purchase Sunday

Baseball Wins A Pair Of Skyline Games At Purchase Sunday

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
 
PURCHASE, N.Y. (March 26, 2017) – The USMMA baseball team swept its Skyline Conference doubleheader up at Purchase College on Sunday, taking the first game with a 6-0 shutout before winning a see-saw battle of a second game, 9-8. The Mariners improve to 4-8 on the season (2-2 Skyline), while the Panthers fall to 0-5 (0-2 Skyline) with the losses.
 
Junior Justus Martin (Eaton, Colo.) hurled eight shutout innings in the opener, limiting Purchase to just three hits while striking out two en route to his first victory of the season. Senior Patrick Morgan (Roxboro, N.C.) pitched the ninth and walked the first batter, who then wound up at third after a passed ball and a balk, but was thrown out at the plate trying to steal home. Despite another walk to the next batter, Morgan secured the victory for the Merchant Marine with two straight strikeouts to end the action.
 
The Mariners scored four runs in the top of the first inning and then added on two more in the fourth. Junior Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) and freshman Wyatt Wilson (Chandler, Ariz.) led the squad offensively, as Campbell went 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBIs – both in the top of the first on a double to right center – and Wilson was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run. Junior Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) and sophomore Jesse Reinebold (Granger, Ind.) also had doubles in the opening inning that plated one runner each.
 
Senior Matthew Thomson (Memphis, Tenn.) added an RBI triple in the fourth and then came home on a single Wilson. Thomson led USMMA with two runs scored, while Wilson, Campbell, Barnes and freshman Matt Mundorf (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) all scored one run each in the win.
 
Purchase got hits off the bats of sophomore Brian Cunningham and freshmen Gavin Brien and freshman John Fitzgerald. Freshman starter Nicholas Palmerini suffered the loss, tossing four innings and giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts. Sophomore Dominic Micara threw four shutout innings in relief, giving up just two hits with two K's and freshman Lorenzo Lagares pitched with a 1-2-3 top of the ninth.
 
In the back-and-forth, seven-inning second game, the Panthers jumped ahead first with one run in the bottom of the first, but the Mariners answered right back with five runs in the top of the second. Purchase used its own five-run inning in the third to claim the lead back.
 
Then the lead changed three more times over the next three innings, as both teams scored two runs during their offensive half-innings starting with Merchant Marine in the top of the fifth, then the Panthers in the bottom half – with their go-ahead run coming on a steal of home plate by sophomore Gregory Walsh – and then the Mariners once again going ahead in the top of the sixth.
 
Purchase had the tying runs reach base in both the sixth and seventh innings, but the Mariners were able to escape unharmed for the victory.
 
Freshman Ben Kane (Fountain Valley, Calif.) got the start for USMMA and tossed 4.2 innings, giving up eight runs (seven earned) with three strikeouts. Sophomore Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.) earned the victory, throwing the final 2.1 innings and allowing just one hit while fanning three.
 
Thomson had a game-best three RBIs, as he ended the game going 2-for-4 from the plate. His two-RBI single in the sixth turned out to be the difference in the game after a sacrifice bunt by Mundorf moved juniors Steve Lucy (Leawood, Kan.) and Alex Gambino (Haddonfield, N.J.) into scoring position.
 
Wilson and Reinebold both had an RBI apiece in the game, and Reinebold and Lucy led the squad with two runs scored each. Wilson, freshman Matthew Austin (Rockledge, Fla.) and Mundorf also came across to score for the Mariners.
 
For the Panthers, senior Patrick Rucci knocked in two runs and five other players all had one RBI apiece. Brien led the squad with two runs scored. Freshman CJ Owens started the game and threw four innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts. Senior Joseph Stewart was on the losing end after tossing the final three innings and giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits with one K.
 
Next on the schedule, the Mariners are slated to host non-conference opponent John Jay College this Tuesday, March 28, at 4:15 p.m. at Lower Roosevelt Field. Live stats for the game are available at this link.
 
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