Junior southpaw Ben Goldsmith (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) pitched a beauty for St. Mary's (3-10) third win of the season. In only his second career start and first since April 28, 2013, Goldsmith threw 7.0 scoreless innings, scattering just three hits with a season-best five strikeouts and no walks. He retired Rivier's side in order four times.
The Seahawks started the scoring early as senior captain Luke Green (Bowie, Md./DeMatha) singled to center field as the 2-spot in today's lineup and then stole two bases before scoring on an errant throw by Rivier's catcher for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
St. Mary's nursed the one-run advantage until the sixth inning when junior catcher Hayden Ferington (Centreville, Va./Westfield), as the No. 5 hitter, led off the inning with a single to left field, advanced to second on a grounder, and went to third on a wild pitch. Ferington then scored when the Raider defense was caught in a rundown with sophomore 1B Anthony Cangelosi (Olney, Md./Good Counsel).
The Seahawks earned a three-run cushion in the seventh as Green singled to left field before advancing twice on a pair of passed balls before scoring on a sacrifice fly by junior SS Hunter Mohler (La Plata, Md./Bishop McNamara).
St. Mary's staked its 4-0 lead in the eighth. Cangelosi scored on a fielder's choice by senior captain Brad Dioguardo (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) after reaching base with a single to left field.
Green and Ferington each picked up three hits to lead the Seahawks at the plate. Green also stole two bases while Ferington connected on his second double of the season.
Senior outfielder David Cusack (Newburyport, Mass.) paced the Raiders offensively with two of the team's four hits. Junior RHP Nicholas Pica (Hampstead, N.H.) was saddled with the loss despite giving up just one unearned run on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 5.0 innings.
The Seahawks hope to continue their winning ways when St. Mary's returns to the Hawk's Nest to host University of Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday, March 25th at 3:30 p.m.
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