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Baseball Splits Skyline Doubleheader With Mount St. Vincent At Home On Sunday

Baseball Splits Skyline Doubleheader With Mount St. Vincent At Home On Sunday

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KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 9, 2017) – The USMMA baseball team lost the opener of its Skyline Conference doubleheader with Mount St. Vincent by the final score of 7-3, but rebounded to take the second game from the Dolphins, 10-2, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Lower Roosevelt Field. With the split, the Mariners' record moves to 7-14 (5-7 Skyline), while CMSV goes to 7-15 (3-5 Skyline).
 
Errors proved costly in the first game, as Merchant Marine committed five blunders that accounted for four unearned runs for Mount St. Vincent. The Dolphins scored twice in the opening inning, but the Mariners responded with a run when junior Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) scored from third on a steal after a heads-up baserunning play on a failed pickoff attempt at first base.
 
CMSV added on one run in both the fourth and sixth inning and then went ahead 7-1 with three in the top of the seventh. The Mariners threatened with two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-RBI double down the left field line by junior Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) that plated senior Matthew Thomson (Memphis, Tenn.) and freshman Wyatt Wilson (Chandler, Ariz.), however USMMA couldn't bring another run across to close out the game.
 
Junior Justus Martin (Eaton, Colo.) suffered the loss after hurling six innings and giving up four runs (just one earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts. Sophomore John Kelly Jr. (Apex, N.C.) finished the final three innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and he also finished with three Ks.
 
For Mount St. Vincent, senior Robert Negron earned the victory after lasting eight innings of six-hit ball, giving up three runs and fanning nine. Junior Siddeeq Ali pitched the ninth and allowed just one hit while striking out two.
 
Five different players knocked in runs for the Dolphins, with junior Michael Kochen going 2-for-5 with an RBI and he tied for the team-lead with freshman Emanuel Giumarra with two runs scored.
 
In game two, freshman Ben Kane (Fountain Valley, Calif.) pitched in an emergency start situation and was impressive through five innings. He allowed two runs (just one earned) on two hits with eight strikeouts to earn his first collegiate win.
 
After the Dolphins scored one run in the top of the first, the Mariners responded with two in the bottom half to take their first lead of the day. They tacked on two more in the second and one more in the third and CMSV scored one in the top of the third and the score was 5-2 after three.
 
Mount St. Vincent threatened in both the fourth and fifth innings, but left two on in the fourth and the bases loaded in the fifth to squander those opportunities. USMMA added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth and again the Dolphins loaded the bases in the top of the sixth, but they were unable to produce a run and the Mariners added one more in the sixth to make it 10-2, then got the three outs needed in the final half-inning for the victory.
 
Thomson, Mundorf and freshman Matthew Austin (Rockledge, Fla.) led the Mariners offensively, as they all knocked in two runs apiece. Wilson, Campbell, Barnes and sophomore Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.) also chipped in with RBIs. Austin, Barnes and Cunningham all recorded a game-high two runs scored and four other players also came home for Merchant Marine in the seven-inning win.
 
Kelly Jr. and Cunningham both tossed shutout innings with one strikeout apiece to close out the game.
 
Giumarra was 2-for-4 for CMSV with one RBI and freshmen Zachary Saunders and Luis Castillo both scored for the Dolphins. Junior Michael Kochen was tacked with the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) in 2.1 innings on five hits and striking out two. Castillo tossed 2.2 innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits with one K and junior Bryan Cantero closed out the final inning on the mound for Mount St. Vincent and gave up one run on one hit, while walking three and striking one out.
 
The Mariners are back in action this Thursday, April 13, when they host Lehman College for a non-conference contest beginning at 4:15 p.m. at Lower Roosevelt Field. Live stats for the game will be available with links on the USMMA Baseball Schedule Page.
 
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