St. Mary's City, Md. – The bats were quiet for the St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team Saturday afternoon as the Seahawks returned to Capital Athletic Conference action against Southern Virginia University. The Seahawks fell twice and were shut out in both games, dropping 10-0 and 7-0 decisions to Southern Virginia.
Southern Virginia (3-6, 2-2 CAC) opened up the first game with a 3-0 lead after scoring three in the first inning behind a pair of sacrifice flies and an RBI double by sophomore infielder Zach McNally (Salem, Va./Salem). The Knights added two in the seventh following two more sac flies and picked up four in the eighth behind three RBI singles. Southern Virginia sealed the deal with one more in the ninth.
Senior captain Brad Dioguardo (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) stretched his hitting streak to seven as Dioguardo led the Seahawks (2-10, 0-4 CAC) with a 2-for-4 effort, notching two of the team's three hits. Senior Patrick Watson (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) suffered the loss as Watson (0-1) gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits with five walks and two strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
First-year outfielder Luke Smith (River Heights, Utah/Mountain Crest) paced the Knights at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored plus a stolen base. Senior Bradley Jackson (Gunnison, Utah/College of Eastern Utah) notched win with eight scoreless innings, yielding just three hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
It was scoreless in the second game until Southern Virginia scored three times in the top of the third inning, scoring two on an error and another one on a sacrifice fly. The next three innings were quiet before the Knights pushed one across in the seventh behind McNally's RBI single to bring home senior infielder Giovanni Prado (West Valley, Utah/Colorado Northwestern CC) who led off with a double.
The final damage came in the ninth as Southern Virginia added three more as McNalley connected on another RBI single and Smith's two-out double drove home two runs.
Senior outfielder Paul Roemer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) was St. Mary's offensive leader as Roemer went 2-for-3 with a stolen base while junior southpaw Michael O'Neill (Ocean City, Md./Decatur) picked up the loss after allowing four runs (one earned) on two hits with four strikeouts and four walks in 7.0 innings.
McNally led the Knights with a 2-for-4 effort with two RBI and one run scored while sophomore Colin Bigelow (Provo, Utah/Provo) earned the win, scattering just four hits with seven strikeouts and five walks in 8.0 innings.
The Seahawks hope to return to the win column tomorrow, March 22nd when St. Mary's takes on Rivier University at the Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. First pitch is at 12:00 p.m.
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