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Juniata baseball completes sweep of Merchant Marine with 15-4 win

(Posted April 6, 2008)

KINGS POINT, N.Y. -- Juniata College completed a three-game Landmark Conference series sweep of the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a 15-4 win over the Mariners, Sunday afternoon in Kings Point, N.Y. The Eagles (15-7, 8-0 Landmark) jumped all over the Mariners in the first inning with four runs, including three off a double to left field by Greg Hoffman (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney). Juniata manufactured one run in the third, and plated another in the fifth on John Martinez's (Mt. Union, Pa./Mt. Union) RBI single to right that scored Steve Wilk (Blairsville, Pa./Blairsville). The Eagles broke the game wide out in the eighth innings with eight runs off five hits and one Merchant Marine error. Dan Kauffman (Conestoga, Pa./Penn Manor) keyed the inning with a double down the left field line, scoring Adam Spadafora (Asbury, N.J./Pennington School) and Andrew Kriss (Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll). That was followed by RBI singles from Hoffman and Wilk. Matt Sullivan (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown) drove in another run with a single later in the inning. Merchant Marine (5-17, 1-11 Landmark) broke the shutout with one run in the seventh on Robert Tenenholz's RBI single, scoring L.J. Fioravanti. The Mariners tacked on three runs in the bottom of the ninth, led by Patrick Boyle's two-run single through the left side. Juniata starter Jay Enoch (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) scattered three hits while striking out eight Mariner batters to improve his record to 5-2. Enoch was lifted in the eighth in favor of Brian Markovich (Northern Cambria, Pa./Northern Cambria), who struck out two of the four batters he faced. Chad Kulik (Johnstown, Pa./Richland) came on in the ninth, striking out one while allowing three hits. Mariner starter Eric Anderson lasted seven innings, yielding eight hits and six walks with two strikeouts as his record fell to 0-3. Merchant Marine reliever David Dorfman started the eighth inning and was battered for eight earned runs on five hits and two walks and three hit batsmen. Greg Mansbach finished the eighth and served out the ninth for the Mariners, allowing one run on two hits. Juniata has most of this week off, before beginning a Major League Baseball-esque schedule starting next weekend. The Eagles will host Susquehanna University for a single nine-inning game on Friday, April 11; then travel to Albright College for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 12. Juniata and Susquehanna will square off for their Landmark doubleheader at Langdon-Goodale Field on Sunday, April 13. Finally, Juniata will meet Penn State-Altoona for a doubleheader at Blair County Ballpark, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates' double-A affiliate Altoona Curve, on Monday, April 14. -30-

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