Dover, Del. – Three relief pitchers combined for 3.1 scoreless innings to lead the St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team to a come-from-behind 5-4 Capital Athletic Conference road win over Wesley College on Thursday afternoon. This was the Seahawks' sixth game in five days and the win splits the series as Wesley picked up a 9-8 win in 10 innings at the Hawk's Nest on March 12th.
Today's victory forces a logjam in the conference standings as five teams are tied with four wins each. Heading into the final week of CAC play, all 10 teams still have a shot at making the CAC playoffs, and only two – Salisbury University and Frostburg State University – have clinched playoff berths.
Senior captain Patrick Watson (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) relieved sophomore starter Nick Raimondo (Annapolis, Md./South River) to get the final out in the bottom of the sixth and threw 1.1 innings of scoreless action, scattering just two hits.
Sophomore Jimmy Robey (Kensington, Md./Gonzaga College [D.C.]) then came in for Watson after he gave up a lead-off single to start the eighth. The Seahawks were down 4-3 when Robey (1-2) stepped on the mound but claimed the win after retiring the Wesley side in order in the eighth and St. Mary's scored twice for the win in the ninth.
Junior closer Garrett Pope (Port Republic, Md./Calvert) notched his second save of the season as Pope pitched three ground balls to sit the Wolverines down in order.
Down a run entering the ninth, first-year LF Max Godwin (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) started the inning before a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt laid down by sophomore 2B Zach Rowe (Annapolis, Md./Calvert Hall) moved Godwin to third and Rowe to second.
Senior captain Brad Dioguardo's (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) sacrifice fly to centerfield scored Godwin and tied up the game at 4-4 while another throwing error sent Rowe to third. Another sac fly, this time by senior captain Luke Green (Bowie, Md./DeMatha), put the Seahawks on top as Rowe crossed home plate. Wesley gave up another single before striking out the next batter to end the inning.
Senior captain Jared Eaker (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) was the only Seahawk with multiple hits as Eaker finished with two while Dioguardo had a pair of RBI and Rowe scored twice.
Five different Wesley players snagged a hit while senior Brad Walker (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) suffered the loss after giving up the two runs (one earned) in the ninth on one hit with one strikeout and one walk. This was Wesley's second straight loss.
Wesley (6-12, 4-7 CAC) opened up with a 2-0 lead after the first inning, scoring on a one-out RBI single and on a balk. The Wolverines then staked a 3-0 advantage with a run in the third as senior Tyler Hunter (Bear, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech) came home on a fielder's choice.
St. Mary's (7-13, 4-7 CAC) got two back in the fifth as Rowe and senior RF Matt Holdefer (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) scored on Dioguardo's single and a Wolverine throwing error. The Wolverines regained a two-run lead in their half of the fifth as Hunter scored once again on a fielder's choice.
The Seahawks cut the lead to 4-3 in the eighth as Green led off with a single and then went to second on a wild pitch. He advanced to third as junior catcher Connor Goodie (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) and junior DH Hayden Ferington (Centreville, Md./Westfield) were both hit by pitches to load the bases. Green then scored on yet another throwing error.
The Seahawks return to the Hawk's Nest this Saturday, April 4th to take on Christopher Newport University (10-11, 4-9 CAC) in a CAC doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m. on Senior Day. Before the start of Game 1, St. Mary's seven seniors – Paul Roemer (Westminster, Md./Westminster), Dioguardo, Green, Holdefer, Watson, Eaker, and A.J. Norby (Wayne, Pa./Shipley) – will be recognized for their years of dedication to the Seahawk baseball program.
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