Fort Pierce, Fla. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team moved to one game above .500 on Monday with a sweep of Geneva College down in Florida, winning 8-5 and 4-3. Senior captain Alex Lenovitz (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) paced the Seahawks on day with a 4-for-7 effort as Lenovitz cracked a pair of doubles, drove in three runs, and scored three as well.
In the first game, St. Mary's (9-8) staked a 6-0 lead after the first two innings and then withstood a seventh-inning rally by Geneva (1-9) to notch the 8-5 victory in the first inning. Sophomore catcher Connor Goodie (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) was the leader at the plate with a 3-for-3 effort while Lenovitz and first-year DH Graham Haliskoe (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) each had two hits.
Lenovitz brought home three of the Seahawks' four runs in the bottom of the first inning with a three RBI double and then advanced to third on an error. He would then score the fourth run on a sacrifice fly by first-year 1B Anthony Cangelosi (Olney, Md./Good Counsel). Geneva finally got out of the inning with a pop up to first.
The Seahawks tacked on two more in the second behind RBI singles by first-year 3B Colin Thatcher (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) and Cangelosi. Geneva got one back in the top of the third for its first run of the game but St. Mary's regained its six-run lead with another run behind Goodie's RBI single.
St. Mary's eighth and final run came in the fourth inning following a two-out RBI single by Haliskoe. The Golden Tornadoes cut it to 8-2 in the sixth before closing the gap to 8-5 with a pair of one-out RBI hits. Along with his solid hitting, Lenovitz got on the mound and notched the final two outs for his second save of the season.
Senior RHP Sam Beatty (Columbia, Md./Hammond) improved to 3-2 on the year with the win in the first game, giving up two runs on 11 hits with five strikeouts.
The would-be game-winning run in the nightcap came in the top of the third as Lenovitz led off the inning with a triple and then scored on junior 1B Jared Eaker's (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) RBI ground out to the shortstop. A line out to leftfield and a fielder's choice for the forced out at second cut short St. Mary's scoring.
St. Mary's opened up the game with a 3-0 run in the first and then used solid pitching and defense to hold on to the 4-3 victory as the Golden Tornadoes put up single runs in the second, sixth, and seventh innings. First-year LHP Nicholas Raimondo (Davidsonville, Md./South River) recorded his first save of the season, giving up just one run on three hits and striking out a season-best three in the seventh.
Senior southpaw Sam Coe (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) remains undefeated on the season at 3-0 as Coe allowed just one run on nine hits with a career-best four strikeouts and one walk. Lenovitz's two hits led the Seahawks at the plate.
St. Mary's will have another early day tomorrow as the Seahawks take on Bethany (W.Va.) College in a non-conference doubleheader at 9:00 a.m.
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