KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 7, 2018) – The USMMA baseball team split its home Skyline Conference doubleheader against Old Westbury on Saturday – taking the first game 6-4, before dropping the second, 9-5. The Mariners' record moves to 19-4 (6-2 Skyline), while the Panthers move to 8-10-1 (2-4 Skyline).
Senior Justus Martin (Eaton, Colo.) earned the victory for the Mariners in the opener, tossing five innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts. He moves to 3-1 on the season. Freshman Quinton Heck (Massillon, Ohio) earned a four-inning save, giving up just one run on seven hits with one K.
At the plate, senior Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) and junior Zack Winzer (Muskegon, Mich.) both knocked in two runs apiece, with Campbell opening the scoring with an RBI triple in the second and Winzer plating two with a big two-out single in the fourth that made the score 5-3.
Campbell and junior Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.), who also had a triple in the game, both scored twice and senior Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) knocked in the Mariners' other run on a sacrifice fly that plated classmate Jacob Sithong (Orlando, Fla.). Freshman Vincenzo Alteri (Watertown, N.Y.) also scored a run for the Mariners in the opener.
In the second game, the Mariners jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Panthers responded with three of their own in the top of the third. The visitors added two more in the fifth to go ahead for good, 5-3. Even though Merchant Marine answered back with one in the bottom half of the fifth, Old Westbury got help from a long ball in the sixth that plated three and put the game out of reach.
Three Mariners knocked in one run each – Cunningham, Winzer and freshman Colin Baker (Clyde Hill, Wash.). Cunningham, Barnes and Alteri scored and Barnes had USMMA's lone extra-base hit, a double in the first.
Sophomore Ben Kane (Fountain Valley, Calif.) suffered the loss, pitching into the fifth inning and allowing five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
The Mariners are right back at it tomorrow, Sunday, April 8, when they travel up to the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx for a rivalry doubleheader against reigning Skyline Champion SUNY Maritime. First pitch is scheduled for 12-noon at the Privateers' Reinhart Baseball Field. Live stats will be available for the games at this link.
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