Salisbury, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team kept it close but came up on the short end of a 3-1 Capital Athletic Conference loss to nationally-ranked Salisbury University Wednesday afternoon.
Salisbury (16-6, 8-4 CAC) is ranked 14th in the D3baseball.com Top 25 and 22nd in the ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Division III Poll. With today's win, the Sea Gulls avenged their March 11th 3-1 loss to St. Mary's at the Hawk's Nest.
The Sea Gulls broke a scoreless draw with two runs in the bottom of the third inning, scoring on four hits. Three straight singles to start the inning loaded the bases before first-year Pete Grasso (Wilmington, Del.) stepped up and cracked a single to left field to bring home two runs. With runners on second and third, senior LHP Sam Coe (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) retired the next three batters to end the inning.
St. Mary's (14-15, 5-6 CAC) cut the deficit in half in the top of the fourth inning as junior CF Paul Roemer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) connected on a two-out, double down the leftfield line. Junior RHP Dylan Anderson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) sat down the first two batters of the inning before walking the next two. Anderson held the Seahawks to one run with a grounder to second.
The score remained 2-1 until the seventh when senior Johnny Schiotis (Levittown, Pa.) stroked an RBI double down the leftfield line with two outs on the board. Coe maintained the Sea Gulls as he got the next batter to pop up to second.
The Salisbury pitchers were nearly perfect in the last two innings, allowing only one walk in the eighth inning.
Coe (3-2) suffered the loss despite a solid pitching performance, giving up three runs on 11 hits in 8.0 innings. Roemer paced the Seahawks at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort.
Schiotis, Grasso, and junior Kyle Hayman (Wilmington, Del.) each finished with two hits for the Sea Gulls while Grasso had two RBI. Anderson (1-3) picked up his first win of the season as he gave up one run on six hits and six walks in 7.2 innings while junior Kyle Hamby (Laurel, Md.) earned his third save with a perfect outing in the ninth.
The Seahawks will look to get back in the win column on Saturday, April 5th when St. Mary's welcomes the University of Mary Washington to the Hawk's Nest for a conference doubleheader at 12:00 p.m. Saturday will also be Senior Day and the team's seven seniors will be recognized.
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