St. Mary's City, Md. – In their first action since February 8th, the St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team opened up Capital Athletic Conference play with an exciting battle against Wesley College Thursday afternoon at the Hawk's Nest. The Seahawks (0-4, 0-1 CAC) rallied to force extra innings, including a seven-run fifth inning, but dropped a heartbreaking 9-8 decision to Wesley (1-4, 1-3 CAC) in 10 innings.
Down 8-7 heading into the bottom of the eighth, St. Mary's evened up the score when senior infielder Luke Green (Bowie, Md./DeMatha) came home on a wild pitch with two outs on the board after leading off with a walk. Senior relief pitcher Rob Mills (Centerville, Md./Riverdale Baptist) ended the Seahawks' rally by getting senior outfielder Brad Dioguardo (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) to fly out.
Sophomore relief pitcher Jimmy Robey (Kensington, Md./Gonzaga [D.C.]) made quick work of the Wesley lineup in the ninth, retiring the side in order. The Wolverines then brought in senior reliever Brett McCulley (Egg Harbor, N.J./Egg Harbor Twp.) for St. Mary's half of the ninth.
After a lead-off ground out to start the ninth, the Seahawks collected back-to-back singles before junior catcher Connor Goodie (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) lined into a double play to cut the inning short and force an extra inning.
Junior designated hitter KeAndre Jones (Abingdon, Md./Harford Tech) led off the 10th for Wesley with a double to left center before advancing to third on a balk and then scored on senior infielder Conner Gobright's (Westlawn, Pa./Wilson) sacrifice fly to centerfield. Robey faced three more batters – striking out one, walking one, and getting one to fly out – before the inning ended.
The Seahawks opened up the 10th with back-to-back singles before senior closer Brad Walker (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) struck out the next batter. Senior outfielder Paul Roemer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and Green then advanced to third and second, respectively, on a Wolverine throwing error. Roemer was thrown out at home on a fielder's choice before Dioguardo flied out to end the game.
McCulley earned the win for his first of the season as he gave up only two hits in the ninth while Walker registered the save, allowing just two hits and striking out one in the 10th. Four Wolverines collected two hits each while senior infielder Cory Smith (Dover, Del./Lake Forest) and junior outfielder Trevor Mears (Millsboro, Del./Sussex Central) each drove in three runs.
Robey suffered the loss for the Seahawks as he threw 4.0 innings, yielding one run on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Roemer and Green each had two hits to pace the team at the plate while Roemer tacked on two RBI.
The Seahawks will look to snap their four-game skid tomorrow, March 13th when St. Mary's welcome York College of Pennsylvania (3-1) to the Hawk's Nest for a CAC tilt at 3:30 p.m.
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