St. Mary's City, Md. – Offense was the name of the game Saturday afternoon as the St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team and Christopher Newport University combined for 48 runs on 58 hits and 11 errors in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader split. Christopher Newport (11-12, 5-10 CAC) claimed the first game, 13-6, while the Seahawks (8-14, 5-8 CAC) won the nightcap, 21-8.
The conference playoff picture remains muddled as St. Mary's and CNU both have five CAC wins and are in a six-team battle with Marymount (Va.) University (10-11, 6-7 CAC), Wesley College (8-12, 6-7 CAC), York College of Pennsylvania (8-11, 4-8 CAC), and Southern Virginia University (5-14, 4-9 CAC) heading into the final week of the regular season.
The first game was close through the first four innings as the Captains only owned a 2-0 lead. However, CNU broke the game wide open with a seven-run fifth inning for a 9-0 advantage. St. Mary's cut the deficit to 10-5 with two runs in the seventh and two in the eighth. Christopher Newport sealed the deal with a three-run ninth inning to win 13-6 with 16 hits, including three extra-base hits.
Junior SS Hunter Mohler (La Plata, Md./Bishop McNamara) paced the Seahawks at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort while senior captain Patrick Watson (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) dropped to 1-2 on the season as Watson allowed nine runs (two earned) on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work.
Senior captain Luke Green (Bowie, Md./DeMatha) set the school record for most times hit by pitch as Green was hit for the 24th time in his career in the eighth inning. He surpasses the previous mark of 23 established by Kevin Meyer '05. The record now stands at 25 as Green was hit in the first inning of the nightcap as well.
For CNU in Game 1, junior Blake Ream (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) picked up the win as Ream (2-2) gave up just one run on three hits with four walks and one strikeout in 5.0 innings pitched. Four Captains finished with four hits each while first-year Brandon Ginch (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) drove in five runs and sophomore SS Taylor Loudon (Stephens City, Va./Sherando) tripled twice.
The bats awoke for St. Mary's in the second half of the twin bill as the Seahawks scored a season-high 21 runs on a season-best 20 hits. The hosts tallied five multiple-run innings in the nightcap, scoring six in the first, two in the second, four in the third, three in the fourth, and five in the sixth.
Senior captain Jared Eaker (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) had himself a day, going 4-for-5 with five RBI and four runs scored. His day was highlighted by a two-run triple in the bottom of the first inning and his first home run as a Seahawk with a solo shot in the second inning. Mohler and sophomore DH Colin Thatcher (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) each had three hits with Thatcher getting two doubles.
Junior LHP Michael O'Neill (Ocean City, Md./Decatur) recorded his first win of the season with a solid performance that included four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in 6.0 innings of action.
Four Captains registered two hits to lead CNU offensively while sophomore OF A.J. Nicely (Chesterfield, Va./Cosby) drove in three runs. Sophomore LHP Jaxn Lane (Chesterfield, Va./Manchester) took the loss on the mound as Lane hit three batters in giving four runs (three earned) on one hit with one walk in just 0.1 innings.
The Seahawks return to action on Monday, April 6th as St. Mary's travels to the Eastern Shore to take on No. 3 Salisbury University (18-0, 13-0 CAC) in a CAC doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.
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