Fort Pierce, Fla. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team dropped Wednesday's doubleheader to Centenary (N.J.) College, falling 10-8 and 15-8. Centenary overpowered the Seahawks in the slugfest 30 hits to 18 over the two games.
In the first game, the Cyclones (6-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top half of the first inning before St. Mary's took one back in its half of the first inning. The Seahawks then cut the deficit to two in the second inning as junior captain Luke Green (Bowie, Md./DeMatha) scored on a wild pitch.
Centenary's lead stretched to 9-2 with a five-run third inning and notched its 10th and final run in the fourth. The Cyclones would then be on the defensive as St. Mary's looked to rally late in the game.
The Seahawks (10-11) pulled within 10-6 with a four-run fourth as Green highlighted the inning with a two RBI single to centerfield. The comeback continued with two more scores in the fifth behind junior Jared Eaker's (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) two RBI triple to centerfield. With bases loaded, junior Danny Derner (Rutherford, N.J.) came in and retired the next three batters in order to cut short the rally.
After St. Mary's kept the Cyclones off the board in the seventh, Derner didn't give the Seahawks much to work with as the first two batters grounded out before senior Alex Lenovitz (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) drew a walk. Derner wrapped up his first save of the season with a third ground out.
First-year Nicholas Raimondo (Davidsonville, Md./South River) suffered the loss after 2.1 innings of work while Eaker, senior Kenny Beyer (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery), and Green each had two hits for the Seahawks.
It was another offensive outburst by Centenary in the second game of the twin bill as the Cyclones notched 15 runs on 18 hits and five walks. Junior Joe Forcellini (Hatfield, Pa.) led his team at the plate with a 5-for-5 effort, driving in four runs and scoring three as well.
Centenary owned a 6-0 lead after two innings before the Seahawks exploded for seven in the top of the third inning for their first lead of the game, 8-7. The Cyclones knotted it up at 7-7 with a run in their half of the third. SMCM maintained the lead with a run in the fourth but it was short-lived as Centenary reclaimed the advantage, 11-8, with four scores in the bottom of the fourth and then added four more in the sixth.
Seven different Seahawks made contact in the game while Green took the loss after 1.2 innings of relief and two strikeouts.
St. Mary's will wrap up its Spring Break trip tomorrow morning as the Seahawks take on Western Connecticut State University for the second time this week at 9:30 a.m.
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