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USMMA Splits Two Non-Conference Contests

The Merchant Marine baseball team went 1-1 this weekend in non-conference games against Brockport State and John Jay.  The Mariners defeated the Bloodhounds 4-1 after a 9-5 loss at the hands of the Golden Eagles.  Tyler Alger (Fairfax, VA) led the USMMA offense going 4-of-7 at the plate with one RBI while Danny Collins (Sleepy Hollow, NY) had a 3-of-4 performance against John Jay.

Brockport State (1-0) grabbed a 9-0 cushion over the Mariners in the first three innings of Friday night's game.  The Golden Eagles took advantage of two USMMA errors, scoring four unearned runs.  The Mariners would get a combined five and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief from Jeff Suciu (Zanesville, OH), Daniel Pino (Miami, FL), and Zach De St. Germain (Eagle, ID).

Merchant Marine (3-2) plated four runs in the top of the fifth inning with Cameron Stadele (Alpharetta, GA) starting the frame with a long home run to left field.  Joseph Policastro (Hauppague, NY) notched a bases loaded single for a RBI of his own while freshman Francis Grzymkowski (Stafford, VA) worked a RBI walk.  Andrew Mackinnon (Buffalo, NY) also plated two runs on the night but the Mariners would be unable to climb closer, falling to Brockport State, 9-5.

The next night against John Jay, Timothy Arner (Allentown, PA) pitched five innings and surrendered one run while striking out four hitters to earn his second victory of the 2014 season.  USMMA took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a RBI single from Collins.  The Mariners advantage reached 3-0 in the fourth inning with two unearned runs, including a RBI double off the bat of Policastro.   Alger notched a RBI single to push across an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.

Nathan Slusarczyk (Woodbury, NJ) tossed one scoreless inning of relief and was followed by two unblemished innings from Brad Suciu (Zanesville, OH).  Jake Martin (San Diego, CA) took the mound in the ninth to secure his first save of the year and the USMMA victory, 4-1.

The Mariners will take on John Jay for a Friday double header at Kings Point, first pitch is scheduled for 12:00 PM.