KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 22, 2018) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team hosted Farmingdale State College on Sunday in a battle of two teams tied for second in the Skyline Conference standings. It was the visiting Rams that escaped Lower Roosevelt Field with a pair of victories, as the Mariners lost the opener, 4-2, before dropping the second game by the final of 3-0. With the two defeats, USMMA's record drops to 23-10 (10-6 Skyline), while FSC improves to 20-11 (12-4 Skyline).
In the first game, the Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by junior Jesse Reinebold (Granger, Ind.) that plated senior Jacob Sithong (Orlando, Fla.). Freshman starter Joe Raab (Edwardsburg, Mich.) was cruising along in the game, allowing just a bunt single in the third as the only hit through the first five innings. However, the Rams broke through for three runs (only one earned) in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead.
The visitors tacked on one more run (unearned) in the top of the eighth off of junior reliever John Kelly Jr. (Apex, N.C.). Classmate Zack Winzer (Muskegon, Mich.) cut the Farmingdale lead to 4-2 with an RBI single in the next half-inning that scored freshman Alex Mesaros (Pittsburgh, Pa.), but that was all the Mariners were able to bring across the rest of the game.
Raab suffered the loss after tossing seven innings and giving up three runs (one earned) on just four hits with five strikeouts. In two innings of relief, Kelly allowed the unearned run on four hits. At the plate, Reinebold had two of the Mariners' six hits in the game, as he ended the affair 2-for-3.
For the Rams, freshman Jake Jacobs earned the victory after hurling six innings and giving up one run on three hits with seven strikeouts. Two other pitchers finished the game, as senior David Otero Jr. went the next 1.2 innings and gave up a run on two hits with one K and junior Logan Hicks picked up a save after 1.1 innings of one-hit work with two strikeouts.
Three Ram batters had two hits apiece as well as one run scored to lead the team – sophomore Devin Caybasi, junior Shawn Blasberg and sophomore Tyler Schrimpf. Blasberg, Schrimpf and senior Kenneth Johntry all knocked in one run each.
In the second game, junior starter Andrew Spinnenweber (Pasadena, Md.) allowed just two hits while striking out four through the first three innings. Farmingdale opened the scoring in the fourth, however, with the only three runs of the game.
Spinnenweber finished the game with six innings pitched, giving up the three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts. In one inning of relief, freshman Andrew Hunt (Severna Park, Md.) pitched a 1-2-3 frame. Junior Tyler Mowry (Peachtree City, Ga.) had two of the Mariners' five hits in the game.
Senior Brandon Ernest went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Rams. On the mound, sophomore starter Joe Marino earned the victory after tossing four innings and allowing just two hits with two strikeouts. Junior Ryan Mallon got the save after hurling the final three innings and giving up three hits with three Ks.
The Mariners are back at it this Tuesday, April 24, when they travel to nearby Old Westbury, N.Y., to take on Division II opponent NYIT. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Bears' Angelo Lorenzo Field. Live stats and a live video feed of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Baseball Schedule Page.
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