St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team faced The Catholic University of America in the Seahawks' first game in 11 days on Wednesday afternoon. St. Mary's (8-20) rallied but came up short in a 7-4 non-conference loss to Catholic (19-11-1).
Catholic staked an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning after senior Dan Hinchcliff (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) opened up the game with a solo shot over the leftfield fence before first-year Jake Crist (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle Antrim) cracked a double to right center to bring home junior Stefan Poggioli (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) who drew a walk after Hinchcliff's homer.
The 2-0 Cardinal lead held until the bottom of the third inning when St. Mary's cut its deficit in half. Senior captain Luke Green (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) connected on a single down the right field line as the No. 2 hitter. Green then took two bases on a throwing error by first-year pitcher Sean Carroll (New Britain, Conn./Xavier) following a failed pickoff attempt at first. Green finally came home on senior captain Jared Eaker's (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) ground out.
Catholic regained a two-run lead in the fifth before posting a three-run sixth inning to claim a 6-1 advantage. The Seahawks took one back in their half of the sixth as Green lead off the inning with a double to right center and then went to third on Eaker's single. Green then scored on a Cardinal double play.
The Cardinals picked up their seventh run in the eighth before St. Mary's pushed two runs across in its half of the eighth. Senior Paul Roemer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) drove in Eaker with a single to right field after Eaker reached base on an error by the centerfielder. Junior Hunter Mohler (La Plata, Md./Bishop McNamara) crossed home plate behind junior Connor Goodie's (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) double to right. Another Catholic double play ends the Seahawk rally.
Sophomore closer Joseph Salzano (South Riding, Va./Paul IV) collected his seventh save of the season as Salzano came in the bottom of the ninth, giving up a walk to junior Hayden Ferington (Centreville, Va./Westfield) before striking out the next batter and forcing Catholic's third double play of the game to end the contest.
Four Seahawks recorded two hits each while senior captain A.J. Norby (Wayne, Pa./Shipley) dropped to 0-3 on the season after giving up four runs on four hits in 5.0 innings with four walks and two strikeouts.
Hinchcliff finished a triple-shy of hitting for the cycle as he went 3-for-4 for the Cardinals with three RBI and a walk while Carroll (1-0) earned his first win of the season as he allowed just one unearned run on four hits with a pair of strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
St. Mary's will be back in action next Wednesday, April 29th when the Seahawks welcome No. 19 Randolph-Macon College to the Hawk's Nest for a non-conference game at 4:00 p.m.