Kings Point, NY – The Baruch Bearcats broke a 9-9 tie in the ninth inning en route to a 15-11 victory over the USMMA baseball team Saturday afternoon at Lower Roosevelt Field. The Mariners, who had been riding a five game winning streak, fought out of a 9-6 hole in the seventh inning on the strength of a Danny Collins (Sleepy Hollow, NY) two-run homer and a Nicholas Nalette (Goffstown, NH) sacrifice fly. Paul Perez went the distance for the Bearcats on the mound, tossing 155 pitches to pick up the victory.
Merchant Marine (18-12) got things started early as Keil Silva (Castle Rock, CO) led off the bottom of the first with a single through the left side. After the sophomore stole second Andrew MacKinnon (Buffalo, NY) singled to left to make it 1-0 while advancing to second on the throw home. MacKinnon crossed the plate two batters later on a Collins infield single. Jake Martin (San Diego, CA) made it 4-0 on a single up the middle, plating two runs against a drawn-in infield.
Baruch (15-16) cut into its deficit in the top of the second as a solo homerun off the bat of Philip Loprete made it 4-1. John Yuksekol put a RBI double in the left center field gap in the top of the third to pull the visitors within two runs at 4-2. The Bearcats vaulted in front, 7-4, and chased the USMMA starter from the game with five runs in the fourth inning. The Baruch rally included RBI from Matthew Ballone Jasdeep Buttar, Yukeskol.
The Mariners got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth, recording three stolen bases in the inning; USMMA would swipe nine bases total. Cameron Stadele (Alpharetta, GA) and Tyler Alger (Fairfax, VA) drove in the runs for Merchant Marine. However, the Bearcats pushed the game to 9-6 in the top of the seventh with a Loprete RBI triple followed by a successfully executed suicide squeeze by Daniel Arango.
USMMA's rally in the seventh would keep the game knotted at 9-9 heading into the ninth. Baruch would go on to hang up six runs in the inning with the big hit coming on Angel Tejada's bases-clearing, three-run double. Merchant Marine refused to go quietly in the bottom half of the frame as Silva knocked in two-runs to make it 15-11. Perez put the game away just before reaching the heart of the Merchant Marine batting order, snapping the Mariners five game winning streak.
The USMMA baseball team will look to start a new winning streak tomorrow as they take on CCNY in a non-conference clash.