York, Pa. – Junior DH Paul Roemer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) had a solid game for the St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team but the effort fell short as the Seahawks dropped a 4-2 decision Thursday afternoon to No. 27 York College of Pennsylvania in Capital Athletic Conference action.
Roemer went 4-for-4 to pace St. Mary's (12-14, 3-5 CAC) at the plate while junior LF Brandon Eady (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) added two hits and two RBI. As a team, the Seahawks finished with nine hits.
The game remained scoreless through the first four-and-a-half innings. York (11-2, 7-0 CAC) staked a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning as a Seahawk error on what would have been the third and final out kept the bats alive for the Spartans. One run scored on the error while senior 1B Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa.) drove in the other two runs with a single to right center.
St. Mary's answered right back in the top of the sixth inning with a pair of runs, cutting the lead to 3-2. Roemer led off with a single before being throwing out on a fielder's choice to first-year 2B Zach Rowe (Annapolis, Md./Calvert Hall). Junior CF Brad Dioguardo (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) followed with a single before a fly out to right field for the second out of the inning.
Junior C Jared Eaker (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) then drew a walk to load the bases. Eady stepped up to the plate and cracked a single up the middle to score Rowe and Dioguardo but a pop up to second cut the rally short.
The Spartans doubled up on St. Mary's with a single run in the sixth as junior Stephen Miele (Allentown, Pa.) led off the inning with a walk, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Miele came home on a sacrifice fly to right field by senior SS Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa.).
The next two innings went quickly before the Seahawks attempted one more rally in the ninth inning. York sat down the first two batters before junior PH Matt Holdefer (Bad Kreuznach, Germany/Wilde Lake [Md.]) drew a walk and Roemer singled to the game-tying runs on base. Miele made the move from right field to the mound and tallied the game's final out for his first save of the season.
Senior captain Sam Coe (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) suffered his first loss of the season despite just giving up four hits and striking out four while only one of the four runs were earned.
The Seahawks will wrap up their 14-game, 13-day road trip with a CAC doubleheader at Marymount (Va.) University on Saturday, March 29th at 12:00 p.m.
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