St. Mary's Baseball Splits in Florida for First Win of 2015

Jared Eaker
Jared Eaker

Fort Pierce, Fla. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team snapped their seven-game skid as the Seahawks split their two games Wednesday afternoon on their Florida Coast Spring Training trip. St. Mary's posted a 7-3 victory over Albright College for its first win of the season before falling 10-1 to Western Connecticut State University.

St. Mary's (1-8) staked a 2-1 lead after the first inning of play following an RBI single by senior captain Jared Eaker (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) and a Lion error in the bottom of the first. After a scoreless second inning, Albright (3-4) claimed a 3-2 advantage with a pair of runs in the top of the third as an RBI double and an RBI ground out brought home the two runs.

Senior captain A.J. Norby (Wayne, Pa./Shipley) kept Albright off the board in the fourth and then the Seahawks reclaimed the lead with two runs in the fourth. First-year Matt Wolanin (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) relieved Norby and pitched five scoreless innings as St. Mary's scored one run in the fifth, sixth and eighth in securing its first win of 2015.

As the leadoff hitter, senior captain Brad Dioguardo (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) went 3-for-5 with two RBI to pace the Seahawks. Dioguardo connected on his first double of the season while senior outfielders Paul Roemer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and Matt Holdefer (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake), junior infielder Hunter Mohler (La Plata, Md./Bishop McNamara), and Eaker each had two hits.

Wolanin (1-0) picked up the win for the Seahawks as he struck out five and gave up just one hit and one walk in 5.0 innings of relief.

St. Mary's could not carry the momentum from its first win of the season into its second game of the day against Western Connecticut (5-4). The Seahawks finished 0-3 against WCSU down in Florida as St. Mary's tallied seven hits in 32 at-bats today.

The Seahawks only run of the game came in the top of the third as sophomore outfielder Nick Raimondo (Annapolis, Md./South River) connected on a two-out RBI single to score sophomore infielder Rikuo Kanda (Chofu, Tokyo, Japan/ICU) who led off the inning with a single.

Junior designated hitter Lawrence Ekin (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) was the only Seahawk with multiple hits as Ekin finished 2-for-3 at the plate. Sophomore starter Jimmy Robey (Kensington, Md./Gonzaga College) suffered the loss after allowing seven runs (four earned) on five hits with two walks in 0.2 innings.

The Seahawks conclude their Florida Coast Spring Training trip tomorrow, March 19th against Messiah College at 10:00 a.m.

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