WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 19, 2015) – On Sunday, the USMMA baseball team won its last game of a three-game series at Catholic by the final score of 2-1. The Mariners end their six-game losing skid with the victory and improve to 12-15 (7-11 Landmark), while the host Cardinals fall to 18-11-1 (9-9 Landmark).
Both runs came in the top of the second inning for Merchant Marine. Freshman Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) led off with a single and advanced to third when the next batter, junior Zack De St. Germain (Eagle, Idaho) reached first on an error. Sophomore Francis Grzymkowski (Stafford, Va.) knocked Barnes in with an RBI fielder's choice.
Grzymkowski got to third after back-to-back singles by senior Jake Wood (Richmond, Va.) and freshman Steve Lucy (Leawood, Kan.), and he then came across to score on an RBI groundout by senior Joseph Policastro (Hauppauge, N.Y.).
Catholic threatened the USMMA lead in the bottom of the third, but only pushed one run across on a two-out RBI-double by junior Andrew Stewart.
Neither team was able to advance a runner past first base for the rest of the game, as the pitchers were strong.
For the Mariners, senior Jeff Wright (Las Vegas, Nev.) earned the victory after tossing six innings and allowing one run on just four hits with four strikeouts. Freshman Josh Ellington (San Leon, Texas) entered in the seventh inning and hurled two shutout innings, allowing just one baserunner on a hit while striking out two batters. Junior Brad Suciu (Zanesville, Ohio) came in for the save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth and was successful after striking out his first batter faced, getting the second to fly out to right, giving up a single, but then inducing a game-ending groundout to third base to seal the win.
The Mariners had just four hits on the day, coming off the bats of Barnes, Wood, Lucy and freshman Jacob Sithong (Orlando, Fla.).
Catholic starter, sophomore Karan Sinha, pitched 8.1 innings and allowed the two runs (both unearned) on four hits with three strikeouts. Sophomore reliever Joseph Salzano came in for the last two outs in the top of the ninth and got them both in order.
Up next, USMMA will host St. Joseph's of Brooklyn on Thursday, April 23, in non-conference action. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Lower Roosevelt Field.