Game 1 Box Score – SUNY Maritime 8 – USMMA 7 (15 Innings)
Game 2 Box Score – Mount St. Mary 7 – USMMA 4
PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (May 6, 2017) – The sixth-seeded USMMA baseball team was eliminated from the Skyline Conference Tournament on Saturday after losing both its games out at top-seeded St. Joseph's of Long Island. The Mariners dropped a marathon heart-breaker, 8-7, in 15 innings to second-seeded SUNY Maritime in the opener and then lost the first elimination game, 7-4, to fifth-seeded Mount St. Mary.
Merchant Marine ends the 2017 season with a 15-19 record, while the Privateers improve to 24-11 and will face the host Golden Eagles tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. on the second day of the tournament and the Knights' record moves to 14-27 and they will play the loser of the Maritime-St. Joe's game tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the second elimination game.
In the opener against SUNY Maritime, the Mariners fell behind 2-0 after one inning and 5-1 after two, but cut the deficit down to just one run with two in the third and one more in the fourth.
Senior starter Nathan Slusarczyk (Woodbury, N.J.) lasted four innings and gave up five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
Junior Alex Gambino (Haddonfield, N.J.) was responsible for USMMA's first run after he bunted out into an RBI suicide squeeze that scored senior Francis Grzymkowski (Stafford, Va.) in the second.
In the third, two runs scored on an RBI single by freshman Wyatt Wilson (Chandler, Ariz.) – classmate Matthew Austin (Rockledge, Fla.) came across easily from third and junior Steve Lucy (Leawood, Kan.) also came around to score thanks to an errant throw to third base by the Privateers' left fielder.
Junior Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) led off the fourth with a triple to right and then scored on an RBI single through the right side by freshman Matt Mundorf (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) to cut the deficit down to 5-4.
The Mariners took a 7-5 lead with three runs in the top of the seventh after three RBI doubles by senior Matthew Thomson (Memphis, Tenn.), Wilson and Grzymkowski that plated Austin, Thomson and Wilson, respectively.
However, Maritime answered back to tie the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run homer by senior Brian McLaughlin off of sophomore reliever John Kelly Jr. (Apex, N.C.). Kelly wound up ending the day with an impressive 10.2 innings pitched, as he finished out the long afternoon (into the evening) for the Mariners.
The score stayed the same into the eighth and ninth and the game went into extras. The Privateers threatened in the 10th by getting a runner to third, but wound up stranding two, as the Mariners escaped any harm. Merchant Marine struggled to get a run across, and for four straight innings left a total of seven runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the top of the 12th.
Maritime would get the game-winner on a sacrifice fly by junior Stephen Semler in the bottom of the 15th that scored classmate Zach Parilla.
Kelly Jr. suffered the loss for USMMA after finishing the day with 10.2 inning pitched. He gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts. Thomson, Wilson and Barnes all ended the game with three hits – Thomson had two doubles, Wilson had one, and Barnes had the triple to lead off the fourth. Austin and Grzymkowski also had doubles for the Mariners.
For the Privateers, freshman Skylar Graff earned the win after hurling 2.1 shutout and hitless innings with two K's. Maritime wound up using a total of four pitchers over the course of the game. Sophomore starter Ammirati lasted four innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on 11 hits with three strikeouts. Semler and McLaughlin both finished the game with two hits and three RBIs, while junior Chris Deddo was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and had a team-high three runs scored and three walks.
In the second game against the Knights of Mount St. Mary, the Mariners jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Wilson walked, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and came across on an RBI double by Grzymkowsi.
MSMC answered back with two in the bottom half of the opening inning and then improved its lead to 7-2 with one run in the third and two in both the fourth and fifth. Merchant Marine's second run was scored thanks to an RBI double by Wilson that plated Lucy in the top of the fifth.
The Mariners cut the deficit down to 7-4 with a couple of unearned runs in the seventh, but that was the closest they would come the rest of the way.
Lucy led the team by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Thomson, Wilson, Grzymkowsi and junior Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) were all 1-for-4. Thomson and Wilson both scored once. On the mound, junior starter Justus Martin (Eaton, Colo.) was tacked with the loss after tossing four innings and allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits with two strikeouts. Freshman Ben Kane (Fountain Valley, Calif.) was stellar in four shutout innings of relief, as he allowed no hits and struck out 10 Mount St. Mary batters.
For the Knights, freshman John Santana got the starting nod and earned the victory after hurling seven innings and giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits with nine strikeouts. Senior Stephan Sookdeo got the save, finishing out the final two scoreless and hitless innings with four strikeouts.
The #1 St. Joseph's-L.I. Golden Eagles will host the #2 SUNY Maritime Privateers at 11 a.m. on Sunday and the loser will face #5 Mount St. Mary in an elimination game right after. The winner of the first game tomorrow will play the winner of the elimination game on Sunday, the final day of the Skyline Tournament.
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Game 1 Box Score – SUNY Maritime 8 – USMMA 7 (15 Innings)