St. Mary's City, Md. – Senior Shayne Kersey's (Newport News, Va./Hampton Christian) 2-for-4 effort at the plate and four RBI helped Christopher Newport University to a 6-3 non-conference victory over St. Mary's College of Maryland in baseball action Tuesday afternoon.
Kersey was the only Captain to notch multiple hits as he connected for his 11th double of the season.
Senior RHP Bryce Morrison (McLean, Va./Langley) remained undefeated on the season as Morrison picked up his third win of the year by allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and fanning three batters. Junior LHP Jason Jenkins (Washington, Va./Rappahannock) nabbed his first save of 2010, throwing 4.0 solid innings, scattering three hits and giving up one run with two strikeouts.
St. Mary's (9-24) struck first in the first inning as senior Lyle Kralle (Great Mills, Md./Great Mills) scored on a fielding error by CNU's shortstop, senior Parker Neal (Strasburg, Va./Strasburg).
The Captains (23-14) snatched the lead in the second with three runs as Kersey's two-out, two-run double sparked his squad. Senior Joey Martin (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) drove in Kersey for the third run with a single to right center.
The Seahawks responded in the third with a run to cut the deficit to 3-2 as Kralle doubled the leftfield line to bring home junior Matt Baden (Sunderland, Md./Huntingtown), who had tripled to left center. Morrison forced back-to-back pop flies to end the inning and put an end to St. Mary's rally.
CNU staked a three-run cushion in the fourth with two runs as Kersey's single to right field scored both sophomore Steven Lindemuth (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) and sophomore Ben Lenda (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge). Lindemuth led off with a triple to right center while Lenda was hit by a pitch and then stole second.
Each side notched a run in the seventh for the 6-3 final.
Baden, Kralle and senior Justin Rabon (Charlotte Hall, Md./La Plata) each recorded two hits for the Seahawks with Baden picking up his fourth triple of the season. Junior Mikel Iraola (Kensington, Md./DeMatha) suffered the loss on the mound, giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits with five strikeouts.
The Seahawks will host Washington (Md.) College tomorrow at 3:00 pm in the Hawk's Nest.