Throggs Neck, NY - The USMMA baseball team overcame a 9-2 deficit and scored nine runs in the finall inning en route to a 19-9 victory over Maritime (NY) Thursday night. Senior Warren Hartmann (Wyckoff, NJ) posted three hits in the game and with a two-single in the eighth inning became the Academy all-time career hits leader with 178. The seniors in the middle of the Mariners batting order, including Hartmann, Danny Collins (Sleepy Hollow, NY), and Jake Martin (San Diego, CA), combined to go 9-of-13 at the plate with 10 RBI and nine runs scored.
Merchant Marine (9-5-1) tallied two runs in the top of the first inning with the opening run coming on a Matthew Thomson (Memphis, TN) and Hartmann double steal with a throwing error allowing the run. USMMA stole eight bases in the game without being caught, Collins led the way with three steals for the night and is a perfect 11-for-11 on steal attempts this season. Nathan Slusarczyk (Woodbury, NJ) earned the win on the mound, tossing 4.2 innings of relief with five strikeouts and two earned runs.
Maritime (NY) (4-10) plated all nine of its runs in the third inning to grab a 9-2 advantage. Pat Kirk and Joe Longo ended the rally with back-to-back two-RBI hits as the Privateers also scored with the help of a USMMA balk as well as an error. USMMA would begin its comeback in the top of the fifth with four runs with RBI rips from Hartmann, Collins, and Martin.
The middle of the order would strike again in the top of the fifth as this time the combination of Hartmann, Cameron Stadele (Alpharetta, GA), and Martin drove in runs. Martin plated the tying and go-ahead runs by hammering a 1-2 pitch up the middle to bring home both Collins and Stadele. The flood gates opened in the eighth as Merchant Marine had its biggest inning of the season. Richard Kernan (Blythewood, SC) and Andrew MacKinnon (Buffalo, NY) each helped to blow the game open with two RBI hits, pushing the score to 14-9. Hartmann, Collins, and Tyler Alger (Fairfax, VA) also added RBI down the stretch with Hartmann's record-breaking single driving in MacKinnon and Thomson.
Hartmann is the reigning Landmark Conference Player of the Year and is hitting .517 this season and has a .396 career batting average. His career stats are available HERE. The USMMA record book, which will continue to be attacked this season is available HERE (last updated before start of 2014 season).
The Mariners will return to action this weekend for a three-game Landmark Conference series against Scranton.