Stratchko Gets First Career Wins as Seahawk Baseball Opens Up at Home

Coach Bernie Stratchko
Coach Bernie Stratchko

For Immediate Release · By Monica Vega · mvega@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – First-year head coach Bernie Stratchko nabbed his first-ever coaching victories Saturday afternoon at the Hawk's Nest with a pair of wins over Mount Saint Mary (N.Y.) College in a home-opening doubleheader. The St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team posted a 10-2 win in the first game before holding on for a 6-5 triumph in the nightcap.

St. Mary's 10, Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.) 2 (Game 1)

How It Happened

  • The Seahawks would have a total of nine RBI as sophomore centerfielder Lucas Kraft (Clarksburg, Md./Clarksburg), first-year first baseman Jay Hammett (Coltons Point, Md./Chopticon), and junior infielder Dan McCann (Laurel, Md./Atholton) would all contribute two RBI each.
  • Hammett, McCann, and junior catcher Sean Goodie (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) would grab a team-best two hits while sophomore Holden Marshall (Baltimore, Md./Friends) scored three runs.
  • St. Mary's would take a strong lead early in the second and fourth innings, racking up four runs in each inning for an 8-0 lead.
  • The Knights would pick up two runs in the top of the fifth as first-years Nick Rizzo (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Peter Knights (White Plains, N.Y.) scored on a RBI single and a wild pitch, respectively.
  • The Seahawks would answer in the bottom of the fifth by earning their last pair of runs for the game. Goodie would double to left field to bring in Marshall and then Goodie would score on junior second baseman Joe Bavaro's (Brick, N.J./Point Pleasant Borough) singled to left field for the final run of the game.
  • First-year RHP Zach Thompson (West River, Md./Spalding) earned his first career win as Thompson pitched six innings with a season-best five strikeouts. Senior RHP Graham Haliskoe (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) would make his second appearance of the season, throwing a scoreless inning with one strikeout.
  • Junior RHP Christopher Ruggiero (Newburgh, N.Y.) would take the loss, dropping his first of the season.
  • St. Mary's would finish the first game with 10 runs on nine hits and no errors.

St. Mary's 6, Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.) 5 (Game 2)

How It Happened

  • The Seahawks would face a much closer game with MSMC in game two, capturing six runs on nine hits and two errors. The Knights would take away five runs on seven hits and one error.
  • St. Mary's broke a 1-1 draw with four runs in the fourth. Senior third baseman Colin Thatcher (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) would kick off the four-run rally when Thatcher cracked a two-RBI single to left field, driving in Marshall and Bavaro. Thatcher would then turn around and score off a sacrifice bunt from senior second baseman Zach Rowe (Davidsonville, Md./Calvert Hall).
  • St. Mary's would increase its lead to 6-1 in the fifth inning as sophomore Brandon Snow (Owings, Md./Northern) scored as a pinch runner for Bavaro on a crushing triple by Marshall to right field.
  • In the top of the sixth, the Knights would score three runs and pull within with two. A ground out third base ended the inning and MSMC left one on base.
  • In a final attempt to rally for a win, junior first baseman Chris Introcaso (Newburgh, N.Y.) knocked one out of the park with one out on the board. With two outs, the Knights loaded bases on an error, a walk, and a single. A fielder's choice at second cut the rally short.
  • Senior LHP Jimmy Robey (Kensington, Md./Gonzaga [D.C.]) recorded his first win of the season, giving up one run on three hits in five innings. In first appearance of the season, junior RHP Matt Henigan (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) collected the save in throwing the last inning.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • The Seahawks will be back in action on Sunday, February 19 against Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.) at 11:00 a.m. to finish up the non-conference three-game series.

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