KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 4, 2015) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team split a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Scranton on Saturday afternoon, winning the opener, 6-0, behind a gem by sophomore starter Patrick Morgan (Roxboro, N.C.), before losing in the second game, 7-2. The Mariners' record moves to 10-8 (6-4 Landmark), while the Royals move to 8-11 (6-4 Landmark).
Morgan hurled a complete-game shutout, allowing just four hits and striking out nine batters, eight of which were caught looking at the third strike.
His help at the plate came early Merchant Marine scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a two-RBI single by junior Zack De St. Germain (Eagle, Idaho) that plated senior Jake Wood (Richmond, Va.) and freshman Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.).
The Mariners tacked on four more in the bottom of the third inning. De St. Germain had another two-RBI hit, this time a double with the bases loaded that scored Wood and Barnes again. One batter later, freshman Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) came across to score on a wild pitch and later in the inning classmate Steve Lucy (Leawood, Kan.) scored on an RBI double by junior Grant Foley (Butler, Pa.).
Morgan worked quickly in the seven-inning game, as he only faced 26 batters, and recorded three 1-2-3 innings.
In the second game, the Mariners took the lead in the bottom of the first with a run on an RBI-single by Campbell that plated Wood. The Royals responded with their own run in the next half-inning coming via a sacrifice fly by sophomore Dan Hansen.
Scranton hung two more runs on the scoreboard in the top of the third to take a 3-1 lead. The runs came via an RBI-triple by senior Ross Danzig, who wound up coming home to score on a sac fly by junior Brian Healy in the next at bat.
Merchant Marine inched closer in the fourth with one run after Campbell led off with a double, stole third base and scored on an RBI-groundout by junior Quinn Fleming (Ashburn, Va.) after a lengthy and productive at bat. However, the Mariners went in order the next two innings due in part to Scranton's sophomore starter Michael Haag inducing five straight groundouts and a strikeout.
The visitors added four more runs in the top of the seventh, putting the game out of reach, as Merchant Marine went in order again in the bottom half.
The two squads will have Sunday off for Easter and will be back at it on Monday, April 6, for the rubber game of the series. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Lower Roosevelt Field. Live stats will be available by following this link.
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