PSU Baseball drops opening pair at SUNY Maritime

Panthers fall in 12 innings in debut

            THROGGS NECK, N.Y. – The SUNY Maritime baseball team took both games of a home doubleheader against visiting Plymouth State University Saturday at Reinhart Field. The first game was a long one, going well past the scheduled seven innings, ending in the 12th with the Privateers winning, 1-0. Maritime wasted no time scoring in the second game and went on to win, 4-1.

            The wins improve the Privateers' record to 2-1 on the season, while the Panthers begin the year with an 0-2 mark.

            Maritime sophomore Trevor Cannella (Sea Cliff, N.Y./North Shore) made his second straight start, allowing only four hits over seven innings while striking out five. Plymouth's starter Jonathan Bishop (Woburn, Mass.) was equally as dominant, allowing just two hits and fanning eight in eight innings, including a perfect first 5.1 innings.  Sophomore Red Burke (Warwick, N.Y.) was solid in relief of Canella, pitching five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four. The Privateers had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 11th inning when they loaded the bases with one out, but two straight groundouts ended that threat.

            Maritime finally broke through in the bottom of the 12th inning off of reliever Bobby Chatfield (Sharon, Conn.), when sophomore-transfer Joey Semler (Kirkland, Wash.) plated junior Jonathan Proscia (Franklin Square, N.Y.) on a game-winning RBI single to center field. Despite pitching 3.2 innings of two-hit, four-strikeout ball, Chatfield suffered the loss, while Burke earned the victory for Maritime.

            Semler led the way in the second game, going 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. Procisa also had two RBIs, both on a single in the fourth inning that plated the go-ahead runs giving the Privateers a 3-1 lead. Semler plated senior Matthew Montanes (Elmhurst, N.Y.) on a RBI groundout in the first inning. Semler also brought Martinez home with a single to right in the bottom of the sixth.  Sophomore Christopher Myers (Middlesex, N.J.) earned the victory after pitching seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and striking out three.

            Maritime returns to action Sunday morning when the Privateers play host to St. Joseph's College of Brooklyn.  PSU also plays on Sunday with a twinbill at City College of New York. 

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