Dover, Del. – It was a wild day on the diamond Sunday afternoon as St. Mary's College of Maryland and Wesley College combined for 31 runs and 44 hits as each side claimed a win in today's Capital Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader.
Wesley (4-4, 1-1 CAC) took the victory in the first game by a 7-3 decision as the Wolverines connected on 10 hits in the win and Zach Stuart improved to 2-1 on the season, allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk in 7.0 innings.
The game was scoreless through four innings before each team scored twice in their half of the fifth inning. The Wolverines broke the 2-2 deadlock in the sixth with two runs behind an RBI double by Trevor Mears and an RBI single by Matt Domian.
St. Mary's (6-5, 2-2 CAC) got one back in the seventh to cut the deficit to 4-3 as junior SS Luke Green (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) stroked a bases loaded RBI single with one out on the board. With bases still loaded, Wesley held the Seahawks to one with a fly out to right field and a tag out at home.
The Wolverines finished off the win with three more runs in the bottom of the seventh while Andrew Cooper held St. Mary's to one hit in two relief innings for Wesley. Three Wolverines each had two hits while junior Jared Eaker (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) led SMCM with a 3-for-4 effort.
The nightcap went to St. Mary's by an 11-10 count as each side picked up 13 hits. Senior captain Alex Lenovitz (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) earned his first career save as Lenovitz notched the final two outs of the game to cut short the Wolverines' rally.
Lenovitz came in with bases loaded and one out on the board. Connor Springsteen drove in one more run before Lenovitz struck out Tyler Hunter for out #2. Another run scored on a wild pitch before Lenovitz got Eric Speidel to fly out to centerfield for the game's final out.
Wesley had staked a 5-0 advantage through four innings before the Seahawks responded with eight runs on six hits and one error in the fifth innings to take their first lead of the game. St. Mary's went on to stretch its lead to 11-5 with three more runs in the top of the ninth. The Wolverines picked up five in their half of the ninth to come within one before Lenovitz came to the mound.
Junior Patrick Watson (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) tallied his first win as a Seahawk as Watson threw 5.0 innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Senior Kenny Beyer (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) paced the team at the plate with three hits.
St. Mary's will be back in action on Wednesday, March 12th when the Seahawks welcome No. 10 Salisbury University to the Hawk's Nest for a CAC tilt at 3:00 p.m.
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