KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 12, 2015) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team dropped its series-finale against Elizabethtown College, 20-5, on Sunday afternoon at Lower Roosevelt Field. The Mariners fall to 11-12 (6-9 Landmark) in defeat, while the Blue Jays improve to 19-9 (10-5 Landmark).
Prior to the game, the USMMA baseball program paid tribute to its graduating seniors with a special Senior Day ceremony. Being recognized was Reed Buck (Lawrenceville, Ga.), John Kret (Chappaqua, N.Y.), Joseph Policastro (Hauppauge, N.Y.), Jake Wood (Richmond, Va.), Matthew Craft (Plano, Texas) and Cameron Stadele (Alpharetta, Ga.).
On the diamond, the Mariners got contributions at the plate from sophomore Francis Grzymkowski (Stafford, Va.), who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, while freshman Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) also went 2-for-3 and scored one run.
Four other Mariners picked up hits in the game: freshman Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) was 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs, junior Zack De St. Germain (Eagle, Idaho) was 1-for-3 with an RBI, walk and a run scored, freshman Steve Lucy (Leawood, Kan.) went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Craft was 1-for-1 in a pinch-hitting spot in the eighth. Junior Quinn Fleming (Ashburn, Va.) had an RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.
Junior Brad Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio) was on the long end of the decision, as he allowed three runs (just one earned) on five hits in three innings of work. Later in the game, freshman Josh Ellington (San Leon, Texas) hurled two innings of solid relief, allowing just one hit while striking out three batters.
For Elizabethtown, junior Ryan Shirk was 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Freshman Nick Lorenz knocked in three runs, while sophomores Colby Smith and Brian Portillo both recorded two RBIs apiece. On the mound, junior Zack Tomasko got the decision after lasting 5.1 innings and giving up five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Junior Nick Gulla earned the save after 3.2 shutdown innings of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out two.
Merchant Marine will play a mid-week road non-conference game at the College of Staten Island on Wednesday night, April 15. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Dolphins' Tomas D. Morales Field.