St. Mary's City, Md. – An offensive outburst propelled the St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team to a season-ending 15-3 victory over Gallaudet University on Sunday afternoon. The Seahawks knocked in 15 runs on 17 hits, including five extra-base hits.
Senior captain Jared Eaker (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) and junior catcher Connor Goodie (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) paced St. Mary's at the plate with two hits apiece. Junior designated hitter Hayden Ferington (Centreville, Va./Westfield) highlighted an eight-run sixth inning with his second home run of the season – a three-run shot with one out – while Goodie also finished with three RBI.
Junior LHP Ben Goldsmith (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) improved to 2-1 on the season as Goldsmith pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief, scattering two hits with two walks and one strikeout.
The Seahawks (9-21) opened up with a 2-0 lead in the first as Eaker tripled to right field to score senior captain Luke Green (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic), who reached on a fielder's choice, and then Eaker came home on a fielding error by the second baseman.
St. Mary's picked up four more runs in the fifth as Green, who singled, scored on a wild pitch and then senior outfielder Paul Roemer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) drove in a pair with a triple to right. Roemer notched the final run of the inning behind Goodie's single through the left side.
The Seahawks exploded for eight runs in the sixth as the team combined for five hits, including Ferington's three-run homer with one out on the scoreboard, two walks, and two hit by pitch to break the game wide open.
St. Mary's tacked on its final run in the eighth as junior outfielder Michael O'Neill (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) doubled down the right field line to bring home sophomore DH Rikuo Kanda (Toyko, Japan/ICU), who cracked his first career triple to lead off the inning.
Gallaudet (8-29) avoided the shutout with three runs in the ninth. The Bison stroked three straight hits, including a triple to centerfield, to start the inning. Senior outfielder Tom Pangia (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) lead off with a triple before scoring on senior shortstop Mitchell Bensman's (Russia, Ohio/Russia) single to center.
With bases loaded, first-year RHP Matt Henigan (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) calmed down and struck out the next two batters. First-year RHP/DH Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott) then singled to left field to score Gallaudet's final two runs of the day before a force out at third ended the game.
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