KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 3, 2016) – The USMMA baseball team lost the rubber game of its three-game Landmark Conference series on Sunday to visiting Susquehanna University, 25-7, at Lower Roosevelt Field. In defeat, the Mariners fall to 6-15 (2-7 Landmark), while the Crusaders improve to 15-9 (8-1 Landmark).
Sophomore Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) led the Mariners at the plate by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. All three of his runs batted in came via his second home run of the season in the third inning.
Freshman Kai Vitella (Lewes, Del.) was 1-for-4 on the day with a two-RBI single in the fifth and classmate Tyler Mowry (Peachtree City, Ga.) knocked in one run as he went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Junior Matthew Thomson (Memphis, Tenn.) scored twice on the afternoon and freshman Jesse Reinebold (Granger, Ind.) scored the other run for Merchant Marine.
Junior starter Nathan Slusarczyk (Woodbury, N.J.) pitched to a no-decision, as he lasted five innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts. When he left after the fifth inning, the Mariners were leading 7-6, but the Crusaders went back ahead with eight runs in the top of the sixth and then added 11 over the final three innings. Freshman Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.) suffered the loss.
For Susquehanna, senior Bryan Palsi was 4-for-5 with five runs batted in and three runs. Junior Danny Gordon scored five runs on the afternoon, was 3-for-6 at the plate and was one of five Crusaders with two RBIs.
Junior Bobby Klatt earned the victory after hurling 2.1 hitless innings of relief with a walk and two strikeouts.
The Mariners return to the field on Wednesday evening, April 6, when they travel to Staten Island for a non-conference game against the CSI Dolphins. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the CSI Baseball Complex.
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