KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 2, 2015) – The USMMA baseball team picked up its second non-conference win in as many days, downing John Jay College, 12-2, on Thursday at Lower Roosevelt Field. The Mariners improve to 9-7 overall on the season, while the Bloodhounds fall to 0-10.
Freshman hurler Justus Martin (Eaton, Colo.) got the starting nod and pitched five shutout innings for Merchant Marine, giving up just four hits while striking out two John Jay batters. He earned his first collegiate victory.
Four other Mariner pitchers tossed one inning apiece – freshman Dylan Rabbitt (Easton, Md.), junior Jeff Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio), freshman Josh Ellington (San Leon, Texas) and junior Brad Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio). Rabbit struck out two in a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Jeff Suciu allowed just one hit and also struck out two in the seventh. Ellington allowed one run on three hits but battled strong to finish the eighth and Brad Suciu allowed an unearned run on two hits in the ninth.
At the plate, senior Jake Wood (Richmond, Va.) led the way with two RBIs on 3-for-4 batting with two runs scored. Seven other players knocked in one run each, while four others scored two runs each.
Freshmen Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) and Steven Lucy (Leawood, Kan.) both batted 2-for-5 and Barnes recorded an RBI and scored two runs while Lucy batted in one run.
Merchant Marine also got one hit each from freshman Jacob Sithong (Orlando, Fla.), classmate Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.), senior Joseph Policastro (Hauppauge, N.Y.) and juniors Quinn Fleming (Ashburn, Va.) and Grant Foley (Butler, Pa.)
The Mariners return to Landmark Conference action this weekend, when they host Scranton at Lower Roosevelt Field. On Saturday, April 4, the two squads will play a doubleheader that will begin at 1 p.m. The teams will have Sunday off for Easter and will wrap up the series on Monday, April 6, with a single game slated for 3 p.m.