St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team wrapped up its Capital Athletic Conference regular-season schedule Saturday afternoon by splitting their doubleheader with CAC newcomer, Penn State Harrisburg. The Seahawks claimed the first game by a 7-1 score while Penn State Harrisburg posted a 6-3 come-from-behind win in the nightcap.
The doubleheader split clinched the sixth seed for St. Mary's (17-17, 8-8 CAC) in the double-elimination 2014 CAC Baseball Championship Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, April 15th with first round action. The Seahawks will travel to top-seeded York College of Pennsylvania on Tuesday for a single game at 3:30 p.m. York will then host championship weekend on April 18-19.
Each side collected 10 hits in the first game but the Seahawks were able to push seven across home plate, scoring twice in the fourth to erase a 1-0 deficit and breaking the game wide open with five in the eighth. Sophomore LHP Michael O'Neill (Ocean City, Md./Decatur) improved to 6-2 on the season as O'Neill gave up the lone run on five hits and three walks while striking out two in 6.0 innings.
Juniors Jared Eaker (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) and Brandon Eady (Bowie, Md./DeMatha) paced St. Mary's at the plate with two hits each. Eaker picked up his team-best 13th double while Eady drove in three runs. Senior captain Alex Lenovitz (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) contributed to the offense with two RBI in the eighth with his single to left field.
Errors got the best of St. Mary's in the second game and Penn State Harrisburg (5-23, 2-14 CAC) capitalized, erasing a 3-1 deficit en route to its 3-1 for just its second conference win in its first year in the CAC.
For the second time today, the Lions struck first with a run in the top of the fourth before St. Mary's responded in its half of the fourth with three runs on three hits and two PSH errors. The Lions then rallied for five runs in the seventh on two hits and one error.
Juniors Matt Holdefer (Bad Kreuznach, Germany/Wilde Lake [Md.]) and Paul Roemer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) led the Seahawks at the plate with three hits apiece while senior LF Eric Skrzyniarz (Bethesda, Md./Winston Churchill) added two hits, including his first double of the season.
First-year LHP Nicholas Raimondo (Davidsonville, Md./South River) was saddled with the loss as Raimondo (0-3) allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks while fanning a season-best four batters.
The Seahawks will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as St. Mary's welcomes Washington College to the Hawk's Nest for a non-conference game at 1:00 p.m. This game was rescheduled from March 31st due to rain.
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