YAPHANK, N.Y. – Senior Warren Hartmann went 6-for-8 with four RBI, including a three-run homer leading Merchant Marine to season-opening sweep over Coast Guard at Baseball Heaven.
The Mariners won the opener 8-3 before taking the nightcap 9-3 to clinch the Superintendent's Trophy for the 2013-'14 season.
In the opener, The Bears got on the board in the top of the first, an unearned run, and had a second run thrown out at home to end the inning following a single by senior Lukas Laplante.
Merchant Marine evened things in the home half of the first on a bases loaded walk but starter Andrew Lucak worked out of trouble as the Mariners left the bases loaded.
Coast Guard took a 2-1 lead in the second when freshman Kyle Jackson delivered an RBI single in his first career at bat before sophomore Mark Behne followed with an RBI single for a 3-1 lead.
Merchant Marine tied the game in the third on an RBI double by senior Danny Collins, who came around and scored later in the inning from third when the runner from first was picked off.
The Mariners took the lead for good with two runs, one earned on just one hit, in the fifth off freshman reliever Colton Cannon. The two runs scored on throwing error with runners on second and third with one out. Cannon would roll a double play to get out of the inning.
Merchant Marine put the game out of reach on a three-run homer by Hartmann to close the scoring. Hartmann was 4 for 4 with a double, homer, three runs scored and three RBI's in the game one win.
Senior Timothy Arner (1-0) went five innings and allowed three runs, two earned while walking two and striking out four to get the win.
Lucak, a junior, making his first career start, went four innings and allowed five hits and three runs, all earned while walking three and fanning one. Cannon (0-1) took the loss as he was charged with five runs, four earned in two innings.
Behne had two of the Bears five hits in the opener.
In the nightcap, Jake Martin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning staking USMMA to a 1-0 edge. Cameron Stadele kept USCGA off the board in the top of the third with a great running catch on the right field line with two outs, saving a pair of runs.
Merchant Marine created some breathing room with a four-run, two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning. Collins started the surge with a single and immediately scored on a Stadele double. Martin followed with a RBI single and Joseph Policastro made it 5-0 with a two-run single to left field.
USMMA added four runs in the fifth inning. Andrew MacKinnon had the big hit with a two-run single to left field. Clausen pitched five shutout innings in his first start of the season. The sophomore earned the win after striking out four batters and surrendering just five hits. Zach De St. Germain notched a scoreless inning of relief in his first collegiate appearance.
Senior Dave Wolinski supplied the Bears only runs of the second game with a long three-run homer in the top of the seventh.
Sophomore Kyle Wood took the loss in game two for the Bears.
Junior Blake Thompson was 3 for 3 to lead the Bears offense in game two while Laplante and Wolinski each had two hits in the second game.
"We have a long way to go and I'm not just talking conference play" said Coast Guard head coach C.C. Grant. "It was important that we played these games. We know exactly where we are."
Coast Guard is back in action next weekend when the Bears take on Salem State at 10 a.m. on Saturday, their first of eight games at the Gene Cusic Classic in Ft. Myers, Fla.