St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team dropped another close one at the Hawk's Nest Friday afternoon, falling 10-7 to York College of Pennsylvania in Capital Athletic Conference action.
Senior captains Luke Green (Bowie, Md./DeMatha) and Brad Dioguardo (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) each connected on two hits to pace the Seahawks at the plate while Green drove in four runs and Dioguardo scored twice. Sophomore reliever Reid D'Antuono (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) took the loss on the mound with 2.0 innings pitched, giving up three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
St. Mary's (0-5, 0-2 CAC) struck first in its half of the first inning, scoring a pair on one hit and two errors. Senior captain Jared Eaker (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) drew a bases loaded walk to bring home Dioguardo and give SMCM a 1-0 lead with no outs. Green then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score junior infielder Hunter Mohler (La Plata, Md./Bishop McNamara) and post a two-run lead.
York (4-1, 1-0 CAC) put up a strong second inning with six runs in response to the Seahawks drawing first blood. Senior outfielder Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) started the scoring by stroking a bases loaded double with two outs to drive in all three runners and stake YCP's first lead of the game, 3-2.
Senior Stephen Miele (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) came up next and cracked an inside-the-park two-run homer for a three-run lead. Sophomore infielder Michael Moore (East Berlin, Pa./Bermudian Springs) then knocked in an RBI single for the final run of the second, putting York up 6-2.
St. Mary's quickly cut the lead to 6-5 in the bottom of the third with three runs as Green drove in two with a single to left center and senior designated hitter Matt Holdefer (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) hit a sac fly to left field to make it a one-run game.
The Spartans went up 7-5 in the fourth with an RBI single by junior designated hitter Sean Mohollen (Rose Valley, Pa./Strath Haven). St. Mary's had an answer in its half of the fourth, putting up two to even up the score at 7-7 behind a pair of RBI singles. After a scoreless fifth inning, York tacked on three more in the sixth for a three-run lead. Highlighting the inning for the Spartans was a two-run home run by Mohollen.
St. Mary's did well in keeping YCP off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game but senior reliever Zach Philippi (Levittown, Pa./Harry S. Truman) and Miele combined to give up just two hits in the Seahawks' final four innings as Philippi retired six straight batters between the sixth and seventh innings.
Philippi (2-0) finished with the win as he surrendered just three hits in 4.1 innings while striking out four and walking only two. Miele, along with leading his team at the plate with a 2-for-5 effort, picked up his second save.
The Seahawks will look to snap their four-game skid tomorrow, March 13th when St. Mary's welcome York College of Pennsylvania (3-1) to the Hawk's Nest for a CAC tilt at 3:30 p.m.
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