PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (April 9, 2015) – On Thursday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team took on non-conference opponent St. Joseph's of Long Island at the Golden Eagles' Gregg Alfano Field. Three Mariner pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout and USMMA scored 14 runs on 14 hits for the 14-0 victory. With the win, Merchant Marine improves to 11-9, while St. Joe's falls to 9-9.
Freshman righty Justus Martin (Eaton, Colo.) got the starting nod on the mound and earned his second victory of the season, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball, allowing the only Golden Eagle hit in the third inning. He also walked just two batters.
The Mariners wasted little time jumping out to an enormous lead as they scored nine times in the top of the first inning. Merchant Marine was aggressive on the base paths. Of the first four runs scored, three came after stolen bases. USMMA sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning and took advantage of three errors by St. Joseph's, as two runs were unearned.
The advantage moved to 12-0 after the Mariners scored three more runs in the top of the second. Then, in the top of the fifth, the visitors scored twice more to close out the scoring in the game.
Eight different Mariners recorded a hit with freshman Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) leading the way by going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Four other Mariners had two hits apiece, as junior Zack De St. Germain (Eagle, Idaho) went 2-for-4 with a team-best three RBIs and three runs, classmate Quinn Fleming (Ashburn, Va.) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs and freshmen Steve Lucy (Leawood, Kan.) and Alex Gambino (Haddonfield, N.J.) went 2-for-4 and 2-for-5, respectively, and both had an RBI and two runs scored apiece.
Freshmen Jacob Sithong (Orlando, Fla.) and Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) also both had an RBI and two runs apiece and sophomore Francis Grzymkowski (Stafford, Va.) had an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the first.
This weekend, USMMA, which is 6-6 in Landmark action and tied for fifth in the league, will play host to conference foe Elizabethtown (16-9, 7-5 Landmark, tied for third) in a key three-game series. The Mariners and Blue Jays will play two seven-inning games on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. at Lower Roosevelt Field and will close out the series with a single game on Sunday, with first pitch set for noon. Live stats will be available for all three games with links available on this page.
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