Fredericksburg, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team squandered a 3-1 lead in falling 9-4 at University of Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference action Wednesday afternoon. The Seahawks (8-17, 5-11 CAC) and Mary Washington (22-5, 11-5 CAC) split the season series as St. Mary's posted a 6-2 win at the Hawk's Nest on March 25th.
The loss puts the Seahawks on the outside looking in with two conference games left in the regular season. St. Mary's is tied for seventh with Christopher Newport University (12-12, 5-10) as CNU has a half-game lead on the Seahawks.
The Seahawks will host Marymount (Va.) University this Saturday, April 11th in a doubleheader at the Hawk's Nest with the first pitch at 12:00 p.m. Marymount (11-13, 7-9 CAC) is currently fifth in the standings. St. Mary's still has a shot at making the CAC playoffs with a sweep on Saturday and some help.
St. Mary's owned a 3-1 lead after three innings of play after scoring two in the top of the second and one in the third. Three consecutive two-out singles loaded the bases for senior captain Brad Dioguardo (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin). Dioguardo cracked a single to centerfield to score two runs in the second while junior SS Hunter Mohler (La Plata, Md./Bishop McNamara) came home on an error in the third after connecting on a single to left field and stealing second.
Mary Washington's run in the bottom of the second resulted when junior Mitch Moynihan (Virginia Beach, Va./ODU) was hit by pitch to lead off the inning, stole second, went to third on an error and then crossed home plate courtesy of a sacrifice fly by junior James Sink (Midlothian, Va./Cosby).
The Eagles broke the game open with a six-run fifth inning. The highlight of the inning was a grand slam by senior Jono Haught (Spotsylvania, Va./Courtland), his school record ninth home run off the season, to give UMW its first lead of the game at 6-3. Mary Washington added one more in the fifth to grab a 7-3 advantage.
St. Mary's took one back in the sixth behind an RBI single by first-year OF Max Godwin (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) but shutout pitching by junior Ryan Van Assche (Chesapeake, Va./Norfolk State) and sophomore Nick McIntyre (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) kept the Seahawks off the scoreboard for the last three innings. UMW tacked on two more in the seventh for the 9-4 final.
Godwin and junior catcher Hayden Ferington (Centreville, Va./Westfield) paced the Seahawks at the plate with two hits each while sophomore RHP Nick Raimondo (Annapolis, Md./South River) suffered the loss, giving up seven runs (five earned) in 4.0 innings pitched with three walks and one strikeout.
Van Assche notched the win to improve to 8-1 on the season as the Eagles won their ninth straight. Van Assche threw five innings of relief with seven strikeouts and three walks, allowing just one run on two hits. Three Eagles collected three hits each while Haught had four RBI and sink finished with three.