March 13, 2012

Jenkins Notches 300th Career Win as St. Mary's Baseball Sweeps Albertus Magnus

St. Mary's City, Md. – Head coach Lew Jenkins collected his 300th and 301st career victories Tuesday afternoon as the St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team (11-4) recorded a non-conference doubleheader sweep of the Albertus Magnus College Falcons (0-4).  The Seahawks posted 5-3 and 3-2 decisions on the day.

Jenkins now boasts a career record of 301-306-3 in his 18 years at the helm of the Seahawks.  During his tenure, he has recorded four 20-win seasons while leading St. Mary's to the Capital Athletic Conference regular-season title in 1999.

First-year Zach Nadolny (Sparks, Md./Bel Air) led St. Mary's to a 5-3 victory in the first game with his efforts at the plate and on the mound.  Nadolny went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI while notching his first career save with one inning of work, striking out the third batter to end the game.

The Seahawks staked a 4-1 lead in the first inning behind junior shortstop Corey Napier's (Hollywood, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) second home run of the season.  Napier's two-run shot with one out also brought in junior centerfielder Mike Schmidt (Burtonsville, Md./Blake) who led off the inning with a single.  Nadolny and senior second baseman Nick Urso (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) connected on RBI singles to drive in the next two runs.

St. Mary's tacked on its fifth and final run in the fourth inning as Schmidt drew a walk to lead off the inning then Napier doubled down the leftfield line and senior third baseman Keith Johnson (Great Mills, Md./Great Mills) was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out.  Sophomore first baseman Alex Lenovitz (Glyndon, Md./Calvert Hall) earned a base on balls to bring home Schmidt and give his team a four-run cushion.

Albertus Magnus added a pair of runs in the sixth but would get no closer as Nadolny shut them down in the top of the seventh inning, walking the first batter before getting the next batter to ground into a double play and then striking out the last batter for the save.

Junior RHP Carlos Cruz (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) picked up his first win of the season as Cruz allowed three runs on six hits in 6.0 innings pitched, striking out three and walking four.

In the nightcap, senior RHP E.J. Nadolny (Sparks, Md./Bel Air) tallied his first win of the season as E. Nadolny hurled 1.1 innings after relieving sophomore starter Bobby Stouffer (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) in the fourth.  Junior LHP Wick Eisenberg (Towson, Md./Friends School) earned his second save of the season as Eisenberg pitched two no-hit innings.

The Seahawks owned a 3-0 lead through three innings as Nadolny doubled to left center to bring home Lenovitz for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.  Nadolny then came home on a passed ball for the 2-0 lead after two innings.  St. Mary's added another run in the third inning as Schmidt scored on a throwing error by the catcher after stealing third. 

The Falcons picked up their two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning before Eisenberg shut them down in the final two innings.

Three different Seahawks collected hits in the nightcap win.

The Seahawks will return to conference action this weekend at the Hawk's Nest with Wesley College (9-3).  The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 pm before wrapping the series on Sunday with a nine-inning game at 1:00 pm.