Wesleys Explosive Ninth Inning Ends St. Marys Tournament Run
Salisbury, Md. - The St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team squandered a four-run lead in the ninth as Wesley College tallied five runs in the bottom of the ninth to post a come-from-behind 12-11 win in the third round of the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament Saturday afternoon. The third and fourth rounds of the tournament are being played at Sea Gull Field at Salisbury University, the top seed in the tournament.
St. Mary's (14-18) was one out away from advancing to Sunday's championship round before the Wolverines (24-13-1), who were down the entire game, knocked in five runs on three hits and three errors to eliminate the fifth-seeded Seahawks from the tournament.
The two teams walked a combined 23 batters - 13 walks by the Seahawk pitching staff and 10 for the Wesley bullpen.
Freshman RHP DJ Keckler (Fallston, Md./Fallston) notched the win on the mound for Wesley after getting senior catcher J.P. Debrowski (Sykesville, Md./Glenelg) to pop up to second base to keep St. Mary's scoreless in the ninth.
Junior infielder Grant Morlock (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) led the Wolverines at the plate with a 3-for-5 effort, while driving in one run and scoring one as well. Morlock also stole two bases, while freshman infielder Greg McKee (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) and senior catcher Alex Carter (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) each had two hits.
St. Mary's exploded for six runs in the first inning as Debrowski connected on a three-run double down the right field line followed by sophomore right fielder Bobby Corton's (Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall) three-run long ball to left field. It was Corton's first career home run.
Wesley closed the gap to 6-4 with two runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth.
The Seahawks chalked up another big inning with five runs in the sixth for a seven-run cushion. Wesley's senior LHP Chris Koch (Hyattsville, Md./Bishop McNamara) hit Debrowski with bases loaded for St. Mary's first run then he walked sophomore leftfielder Mark Dattilio (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) for the second. Junior first baseman Jon Gill's (Owings Mills, Md./Park) sac fly and Corton's single through the right side drove in the other two runs.
The Wolverines tacked on two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to only be down four before their ninth inning rally.
Freshman closer Matt Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) was saddled with the loss after giving up five runs (two earned) on four hits in 2.1 innings.
Junior outfielders Jacen Killebrew (La Plata, Md./La Plata) and Justin Rabon (Charlotte Hall, Md./La Plata), Debrowski, and Corton each had two hits apiece, while Debrowski and Corton drove in four runs each.
The Seahawks return to action on Wednesday, April 22 when St. Mary's hosts Washington (Md.) College at 3:00 at the Hawk's Nest.
2009 CAC Baseball Tournament
Thursday, April 16 (at site of highest remaining seed)
Game 1: No. 1 seed Salisbury d. No. 6 seed Mary Washington, 7-3
Game 2: No. 2 seed York d. No. 5 seed St. Mary's, 6-0
Game 3: No. 4 seed Stevenson d. No. 3 seed Wesley, 6-5
Friday, April 17 (at site of highest remaining seed)
Game 4: St. Mary's d. Mary Washington, 6-5 (10 innings)
Game 5: Wesley d. Salisbury, 4-2
Game 6: Stevenson d. York, 16-11
Saturday, April 18 (at Salisbury University - Salisbury,
Game 7: Salisbury d. York, 5-4.
Game 8: Wesley d. St. Mary's, 12-11
Game 9: Salisbury d. Stevenson, 21-2
Sunday, April 19 (at Salisbury University - Salisbury,
Game 10: Wesley vs. Stevenson - Noon
Game 11: Salisbury vs. Game 10 winner - 4:00