St. Mary's City, Md. – Pitching and hitting came together nicely for the St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team on Senior Day. The Seahawks took two from the University of Mary Washington, 5-3 and 10-6, in Capital Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon.
Today's wins assured the Seahawks (16-15, 7-6 CAC) that they will be one of the six teams competing for the 2014 CAC championship tournament title when the league playoffs begin on April 15th with first round action.
Today's sweep marked the first time since 2009 that St. Mary's has claimed a doubleheader sweep of Mary Washington. The Seahawks also snapped a four-game skid against UMW with this afternoon's victories.
Senior captain Sam Beatty (Columbia, Md./Hammond) hurled his third complete-game win of the season in leading the Seahawks to a 5-3 victory in the first half of the twin bill. Beatty (6-2) went the distance with three strikeouts and four walks, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits.
Senior captain Alex Lenovitz (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) also shined on Senior Day as Lenovitz posted a .700 batting average, a 1.200 slugging percentage, and a .700 on-base percentage to pace St. Mary's in the doubleheader. He went 3-for-5 in the first game with his third triple of the season and an RBI before notching a 4-for-5 effort in the nightcap with three doubles and three RBIs.
In the first game, St. Mary's posted a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning before the Eagles (13-17, 3-11 CAC) answered with two in the top of the fourth inning. The Seahawks then scored three times in their half of the fourth to stake a 5-2 lead. Mary Washington got one back in the fifth but would get no closer as Beatty was perfect in three of the last four innings.
Sophomore LHP Michael O'Neill (Ocean City, Md./Decatur) claimed the win in the second game as O'Neill (5-2) went 7.0 innings, giving up five runs on 10 hits. Senior Brian Ott (Columbia, Md./Hammond) and junior Patrick Watson (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) helped to preserve the win with solid 1.0 inning outings.
Mary Washington went up 3-0 in the top of the first inning before the Seahawks picked up a run in the first and another one in the second to cut the lead to 3-2. St. Mary's then unleashed for five runs on six hits for a 7-3 advantage after three. SMCM added one more in the fourth for a five-run cushion.
The Eagles pulled within 8-6 with two runs in the seventh and another in eighth but three straight doubles with two outs on the board in its half of the eighth inning gave St. Mary's a 10-6 advantage that UMW could not overcome.
The Seahawks will look to complete the series sweep of CAC newcomer, Christopher Newport University, when CNU comes to the Hawk's Nest on Wednesday, April 9th for a league tilt at 3:30 p.m. St. Mary's posted 4-3 win over Christopher Newport down in Newport News, Virginia on February 10th.
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