St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball squad dropped a pair to Capital Athletic Conference foe, Frostburg State University, Saturday afternoon. The Seahawks dropped the opener 10-0 before falling 7-2 in the nightcap.
Six different Seahawks registered a hit in the opener, including a 2-for-4 performance at the plate by senior captain Alex Lenovitz (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall); however, St. Mary's left seven on base failing to push a run across the plate.
Frostburg (10-2, 3-2 CAC) jumped out to an early lead scoring two in the top of the first and another in the third to stake a 3-0 advantage. In the Seahawks' half of the third, it looked as if the squad was gaining momentum as sophomore Connor Goodie (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) led off the inning with a single. Following a fielder's choice, St. Mary's put runners on second and third with one out when first-year Zach Rowe (Annapolis, Md./Calvert Hall) singled and advanced to second on a throwing error. However, Frostburg would regain momentum from that point and get the final two St. Mary's batters out to hold onto its three-run lead.
The Bobcats would push six more runs across the plate in the final six innings including a four-run ninth to seal the opener, 10-0. Sophomore Michael O'Neill (Ocean City, Md./Decatur) suffered the loss, pitching 5.0 innings while surrendering three runs on eight hits and three walks.
The nightcap remained close early as both squads failed to push a run across in the opening two innings of action. It wasn't until the top of the third when Frostburg was able to string a couple of hits together and push the first run across the plate. The Bobcats led the inning off with a triple followed by two singles; however, a strong recovery on the mound from junior Patrick Watson (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) held the Bobcats to only one run as Watson recorded three straight outs to get out of trouble.
St. Mary's (7-7, 3-4 CAC) would answer with a run in the bottom of the fourth to knot the game at 1-1. Rowe led off the inning with a walk and a sacrifice bunt by junior Luke Green (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) moved Rowe into scoring position with just one out. Rowe then used smart base-running to advance to third on a ground out, putting him one base away from scoring with two outs. Junior Jared Eaker (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) capitalized with a single to push the first run of the day for the Seahawks.
Frostburg would respond with five unanswered runs through the top of the eighth to claim a 6-1 lead. St. Mary's highlight of the day would come in the bottom of the eighth with one out when junior Matt Holdefer (Bad Kreuznach, Germany/Wilde Lake [Md.]) stepped up to the plate and crushed a solo home run over the left field fence, bringing home the Seahawks' second run of the game and closing the gap to 6-2. The Bobcats would tack on a single run in the top of the ninth and use three pitchers in the bottom of the inning to close out the game for a 7-2 victory.
Watson suffered the loss in the nightcap after giving up four runs (three earned) on twelve hits over five and two-thirds innings while striking out two.
St. Mary's will now travel to Fort Pierce, Florida for Spring Break action where they will play eight games, two apiece against Western Connecticut State University, Geneva College, Bethany (W.Va.) College, and Centenary (N.J.) College.
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