KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 5, 2018) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team defeated visiting New Rochelle, 18-12, in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon at Lower Roosevelt Field. The victory improves the Mariners' record to 18-3, while the Blue Angels fall to 3-15.
USMMA trailed 6-0 after an inning and a half and then 11-4 after two and a half innings, but persevered in an ugly game for the hard-fought triumph. Both teams combined for 12 errors on the afternoon – six for both squads.
Three Mariners had three hits each on the day – junior Jesse Reinebold (Granger, Ind.), senior Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) and freshman Vincenzo Alteri (Watertown, N.Y.). Both Reinebold and Barnes knocked in three runs apiece, while Alteri had one RBI. Barnes was a double shy of hitting for the cycle, as he had an RBI triple in the fourth, an RBI single in the fifth and a leadoff home run in the seventh.
Alteri scored three times, as did junior Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.), while Reinebold, Barnes and senior Jacob Sithong (Orlando, Fla.) all had two runs apiece. Both senior Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) and junior Reilly Cherry (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) knocked in two runs and scored once. Cunningham, sophomore Matthew Austin (Rockledge, Fla.) and junior Zack Winzer (Muskegon, Mich.) all finished with one RBI each.
The Mariners had a total of nine extra-base hits in the game – seven doubles, a triple and a homer. Cunningham and Alteri both had two doubles each. Merchant Marine also stole seven bases on the afternoon with Campbell and Austin swiping two apiece.
On the mound, freshman Joaquin Munoz (Lubbock, Texas) got the start and had a rough outing, lasting 2.1 innings and allowing 10 runs (just four earned, though) on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Classmate Andrew Hunt (Severna Park, Md.) earned the victory with 4.2 solid innings of relief, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with six Ks. Junior John Kelly Jr. (Apex, N.C.) and Cunningham pitched the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, and both allowed a hit and a walk and struck out three batters each.
There were only two innings that the Mariners did not score – the first and the sixth – and they finally took a lead after scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead 14-12.
For New Rochelle, freshman leadoff hitter Adam Gonzalez tied for the game-high with three RBIs, while also tying for the team-high with two runs. Classmate Rocky J Gonzalez Baez knocked in two runs after going 3-for-5. On the mound, freshman Ronnie Digiovanni started, but only lasted one inning (pitching into the second) and two runs on no hits with two walks. Classmate James E. Jiggetts III tossed the next 2.2 innings and allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts. Sophomore Alex Erwin suffered the loss after allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits in 1.2 innings with two Ks.
The Mariners are back in action tomorrow, Friday, April 6, when they host Skyline opponent Old Westbury for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Lower Roosevelt Field. Live stats and a live video feed of the games (weather permitting) will be available for both games with links on the USMMA Baseball Schedule Page.
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