KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 6, 2015) – The USMMA baseball team lost the third and final game of a key series against the University of Scranton, 16-10, on Monday afternoon at Lower Roosevelt Field. The loss drops the Mariners to 10-9 (6-6 Landmark) on the season, while the Royals improve to 9-11 (7-5 Landmark).
Errors proved costly for Merchant Marine on the day, as the home squad committed nine blunders in the field, which in turn led to nine unearned runs for Scranton.
The Royals scored six runs (only three earned) in the opening inning. The Mariners responded with three of their own to cut the deficit in half. The visitors tacked on three more in the top of the second, however, to go back ahead by six, 9-3.
Scranton scored again in the top of the fourth to go up 10-3 and USMMA got that run back in the bottom of the fourth on the squad's first homer at Lower Roosevelt Field this season off the bat of Francis Grzymkowski (Stafford, Va.) that cleared the left field fence.
The top of the ninth saw the Mariners commit two errors that allowed the Royals to score four more runs (only one earned) and take a 14-4 lead. The Mariners scored three runs in both the bottom of the sixth and the bottom of the eighth to come within four, but Scranton scored two unearned in the top of the ninth and suppressed a USMMA rally in the bottom half for the win.
Freshman Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and a run scored. Grzymkowski ended the day 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs and junior Zack De St. Germain (Eagle, Idaho) also had two RBIs after going 2-for-5. Freshman Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) was 3-for-5 with two runs, while freshman Jacob Sithong (Orlando, Fla.) and senior Jake Wood (Richmond, Va.) both had an RBI and scored two runs apiece.
On the mound, junior Kyle Clausen (Southold, N.Y.) suffered the loss, allowing nine runs (just five earned) on six hits over two innings.
The Mariners are scheduled to play next tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7, when they host non-conference opponent St. Joseph's of Long Island, but with the forecast outlook looking rainy, an official announcement on the game will be made on Tuesday morning.