KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 28, 2018) – The USMMA baseball team split a Skyline doubleheader with Purchase College at home on Saturday at Lower Roosevelt Field. The Mariners' record moves to 24-12 (11-7 Skyline), while Purchase concludes its season with a 19-17 (10-8 Skyline) record.
Prior to the first game, the Mariners paid tribute to their five graduating seniors of the Class of 2018 – Jacob Sithong (Orlando, Fla.), Steve Lucy (Leawood, Kan.), Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.), Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) and Justus Martin (Eaton, Colo.). To view a photo gallery of the Senior Day ceremony, click here.
With the first game victory, the Mariners clinched a berth in the upcoming Skyline Conference Baseball Championship tournament, which starts this Wednesday, May 2.
Game 1 Recap
The Mariners led the entire game, scoring three runs in the first inning and expanding their lead to 10-6 after five. They added three more in the seventh and exploded for six more in the eighth, ending the game early thanks to the 10-run rule after a walk-off grand slam by freshman Jack McCann (Newark, Del.). McCann (3-for-4, double and a home run) had a game-high seven RBIs, while Barnes (3-for-5) and freshman Vincenzo Alteri (Watertown, N.Y.) (1-for-3) both knocked in three runs, Barnes' three coming on a three-run homer in the second.
Freshman Alex Mesaros (Pittsburgh, Pa.) (2-for-2, double, three walks) knocked in two, while three other Mariners had one RBI each in the affair – Campbell (3-for-4), junior Tyler Mowry (Peachtree City, Ga.) (1-for-2) and Lucy (2-for-3).
Mesaros scored a game-high four times, while Barnes and Alteri both scored three times. Mowry, Campbell and Sithong scored twice each, while junior Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.), McCann and Lucy all came across the plate once. The Mariners stole six bases in the first game with Mowry leading the way with two swipes.
On the mound, freshman Joe Raab (Edwardsburg, Mich.) got the win after tossing six innings and allowing six runs (just two earned) on nine hits with six strikeouts. He moves to 7-2 on the season. Freshman Andrew Hunt (Severna Park, Md.) tossed the final two shutout innings, giving up four hits with two Ks.
Purchase was led by junior Brian Cunningham, who went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the third. Senior starter Jonathon Deacon suffered the loss after lasting just 1.2 innings and giving up six runs (four earned) on five hits.
Game 2 Recap
The Panthers won the second game in extra innings, 5-4, in eight innings. They scored the first three runs of the game in the top of the fifth inning and led 4-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, but the Mariners tied the score up in with three runs in the sixth. Purchase scored the go-ahead run on an error in the eighth and got the three defensive outs in the bottom half of the inning to secure the victory.
Three different Mariners knocked in runs - Mowry (1-for-3), freshman Colin Baker (Clyde Hill, Wash.) (2-for-4) and Lucy (1-for-2) - and four different players scored - junior Jesse Reinebold (Granger, Ind.) (1-for-3), Barnes (0-for-2), junior Trevor Fox (Northport, N.Y.) and classmate Reilly Cherry (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) (2-for-2).
Martin got the start for Merchant Marine and lasted 4.1 innings, giving up three runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Classmate John Kelly Jr. (Apex, N.C.) came in for the next 3.2 innings and gave up the go-ahead unearned run in the eight after allowing just two hits with three Ks.
Brian Cunningham started for Purchase and went 5.2 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits with two strikeouts. The win went to sophomore Lorenzo Lagares, who threw the final 2.1 shutout innings with one hit allowed and one K.
It is currently six defensive outs away from being officially confirmed, as St. Joseph's-Long Island leads Yeshiva 12-0 in the fifth inning of their doubleheader, but the Mariners will finish the regular season in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Skyline standings. They own the tiebreakers over SUNY Maritime and Old Westbury, so USMMA will be the #4 seed and will host #5 seed SUNY Maritime this Wednesday, May 2. More info on that first-round game will be available early next week on www.USMMASports.com.
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