KINGS POINT, N.Y. (March 17, 2018) – The USMMA baseball team took both games from visiting Lasell College on Saturday in the home-opening doubleheader at Lower Roosevelt Field. The Mariners walked-off in the eighth inning of the first game, 6-5, and won the second game of the twin-bill by the final of 3-1. With the pair of victories, Merchant Marine improves to 8-2 on the season, while the Lasers fall to 0-7.
A full recap with a photo gallery will be available later on Saturday on www.USMMASports.com.
Tied at 5-5 after the scheduled seven innings were complete, the Mariners won the opener when they loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eighth and sophomore Wyatt Wilson (Chandler, Ariz.) drew a bases-loaded walk-off walk that plated freshman Alex Mesaros (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Sophomore Ben Kane (Fountain Valley, Calif.) earned the win on the mound, as he pitched the final 4.1 innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits with three K's. It was his first victory of the season. Senior Justus Martin (Eaton, Colo.) got the start and lasted 3.2 inning and gave up four runs (just one earned) on four hits while striking out five.
Wilson went 1-for-1 as a sub in the game and actually tied the game up at 5-5 in the sixth with a two-run single through the left side. He finished with a game-high three RBIs. Senior Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) and junior Tyler Mowry (Peachtree City, Ga.) both knocked in one run apiece, as Mesaros led the way with two runs and Sithong, Barnes, junior Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.) and freshman Vincenzo Alteri (Watertown, N.Y.) all scored once. Barnes also swiped a game-high two bags.
Game two was breezing along, as neither team mustered a run through the first 4.5 innings. The Mariners finally got on the board first with three runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on for the 3-1 victory.
Freshman Quinton Heck (Massillon, Ohio) earned the win, his second of the season, after hurling six innings and allowing an unearned run on three hits with one strikeout. Junior John Kelly Jr. (Apex, N.C.) picked up the Mariners' first save of the season with a 1-2-3 seventh.
Senior Jacob Sithong (Orlando, Fla.) and junior Jesse Reinebold (Granger, Ind.) had the lone RBIs in the game for the Mariners, with Sithong, Wilson and freshman Jacob Kelly (Norfolk, Va.) all scoring runs.
Up next, the Mariners will host Oneonta for another non-conference doubleheader tomorrow, Sunday, March 18, beginning at 12-noon at Lower Roosevelt Field. Live stats and live video links for both contests will be available with links on the USMMA Baseball Schedule Page.
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