York, Pa. – The sixth-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team picked up their second loss in the double-elimination 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Baseball Championship Tournament Friday morning, falling 6-1 to fifth-seeded Wesley College on Jaquet Field at No. 1 seed York College of Pennsylvania.
No. 24 York had handed the Seahawks their first CAC tournament loss on Wednesday by a 7-6 decision. The loss drops St. Mary's to 18-19 on the season with four games remaining on the 2014 schedule – all of which will be played on the road. The Seahawks will be back on the diamond on Wednesday, April 23rd, traveling to Washington, D.C. to take on former CAC opponent, The Catholic University of America.
Senior captain Alex Lenovitz (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall), junior LF Brandon Eady (Bowie, Md./DeMatha), and sophomore Connor Goodie (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) paced St. Mary's at the plate with two hits apiece as Eady notched the game's only extra-base hit of the game – an RBI double in the sixth.
Wesley (16-13) struck first in the top of the first inning as the Wolverines' junior Cory Smith (Dover, Del.) came home on a throwing error. Smith reached base on a walk with one out, stole second, and then scored on the Seahawk error with two outs on the board. Sophomore LHP Michael O'Neill (Ocean City, Md./Decatur) got out of the inning with a fly out to centerfield.
O'Neill retired the next seven Wolverine batters before junior Conner Gobright (Westlawn, Pa.) tallied Wesley's first hit of the game in the fourth inning with one out. However, Wesley could not push a run across as the next WC batter, junior Matt Domain (Wilmington, Del.) lined into a double play.
The Wolverines then went up 2-0 in the fifth as junior Tyler Hunter (Bear, Del.) connected on a two-out single through the right side to bring home senior Adam Darling (Milford, Del.) before being thrown out at second to end the inning. O'Neill retired the side in order in the sixth to hold Wesley to a two-run lead.
St. Mary's got one back in the sixth as Eady belted his ninth double of the season with two outs, scoring Lenovitz. Junior Brad Dioguardo (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) led off with a walk before Lenovitz's single put runners on first and second. Dioguardo was thrown out at third on a fielder's choice to junior Jared Eaker (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown), moving Lenovitz to second. Eaker was then picked off at first for out #2. The inning ended with ground out to the shortstop.
O'Neill sat down Wesley's side in order once again in the seventh but the Seahawks were unable to push a run across in their half of the inning. The Wolverines went on to tack on two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to seal the win. St. Mary's was retired in order in the eighth and then stranded two in the ninth.
O'Neill (6-3) was saddled with just his third loss of the season as he struck out four and walked four in 8.0 innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits, while junior Patrick Watson (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) pitched 1.0 inning of relief, allowing one run on two hits.
Darling and Hunter both finished with two hits for the Wolverines while sophomore RHP Eric Willey (Seaford, Del.) earned the win, yielding just one run on five hits in 7.0 innings. Senior Andrew Cooper (Wilmington, Del.) collected his fifth save of the season with 2.0 innings of work, scattering just two hits.
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