Salisbury, Md. – It was a rough day for the St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team on Monday as the Seahawks dropped a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader on the road to No. 3 Salisbury University by scores of 31-12 and 28-0 (7 innings).
St. Mary's (8-16, 5-10 CAC) scored 12 runs on 17 hits, including four extra-base hits, and three Sea Gull errors in the opener. Senior OF Paul Roemer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) paced the Seahawks at the plate with a 3-for-5 effort. Roemer drove in three runs and connected on his second triple of the season while also scoring two.
Salisbury (20-0, 15-0 CAC) notched its 31 runs on 23 hits and nine Seahawk errors. The Sea Gulls collected six extra-base hits, including two home runs. Sophomore SS Pete Grasso (Wilmington, Del./A.I. DuPont) led SU offensively by going 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.
First-year RHP Matt Wolanin (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) suffered the loss on the mound as Wolanin (2-2) allowed 14 runs (eight earned) on 11 hits in the first inning of action. Senior Brett Collacchi (Bear, Del./Saint Mark's) improved to 4-0 on the season as Collacchi gave up three runs on six hits in 4.0 innings pitched with two walks and one strikeout.
The nightcap was called after seven innings due to darkness. Sophomore 2B Zach Rowe (Annapolis, Md./Calvert Hall) was the only Seahawk to pick up a hit in the second game with a single up the middle in the third inning. Senior captain Brad Dioguardo (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) and junior catcher Hayden Ferington (Centreville, Va./Westfield) each drew a walk to reach base.
Salisbury tallied its 28 runs on 25 hits, including 12 extra-base hits, and four Seahawk errors. Senior OF Kyle Hayman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) and junior 1B Jake Dmiterchik (Milton, Del./Cape Henlopen) each recorded four hits for the Sea Gulls. Hayman stroked a pair of triples while Dmiterchik had two doubles.
Junior LHP Ben Goldsmith (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) fell to 1-1 on the season after yielding 13 runs (11 earned) on 10 hits in 2.1 innings with one strikeout and one walk. Grasso (1-0) claimed his first win on the mound as he pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking just two. Grasso helped out his own cause by going 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the first inning.
The Seahawks hope to return to the win column on Wednesday, April 8th when St. Mary's travels to Fredericksburg, Virginia to take on University of Mary Washington in a single CAC game at 3:30 p.m. The Seahawks will look to complete the sweep over UMW after tagging a 6-2 win at the Hawk's Nest on March 25th.
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