Men’s baseball dropped a three game series at Wesley College last weekend but recouped one against Catholic University on Tuesday, April 10th.
After his 15 strikeout performance against Gallaudet, junior Torey Mancari took the mound facing the Wolverines who are second to Salisbury in the Capital Athletic Conference.
The Wolverines got on the board first, advancing on one of the Eagles five errors they had five on the day. The Eagles answered in the third inning by a solo homerun by freshman catcher Jonathan Haught. They scored again on a when sophomore Kevin Yarnell drove in Seth Jordan with a single. The Wolverines answered again, this time with a pair of runs.
Down 4-2, the Eagles’ bats came alive in their top of the seventh. Haught doubled bringing in junior Jeff Rezach and senior Santino Rosanova who both reached on singles. Senior Shane Sixmith reached by being hit by a pitch; the Eagles looked poised to take the lead to with one out and two batters on base. Sophomore Ben Sisk flied out to rightfield, while Haught tagged to score and Sixsmith advanced to third. They were 90 feet away from taking the lead but Wesley pitcher Andrew Cooper took the wind out of the Eagles’ sails, striking out senior Brent Steffy.
Wesley was able to sneak another run due to a speedy Rob Benedict, who stole two bases and scored on a groundout in the eight inning to take the lead again.
The Eagles went down 1-2-3 in their half of the ninth as they took another loss on the season.
The Eagles were demoralized in the second game of the series only managing two hits in the abbreviated seven inning game. Wolverine pitcher DJ Keckler commanded the strike zone and made the Eagles miss.
Despite the 5-0 loss; pitcher Matt Abramson had a solid outing, striking out seven in six innings of work.
The Eagles looked to at least get one from the opposition in game three. The third proved to be a stalemate. Pitcher Michael Straub let up only two hits on two runs in six innings of work yet still got the loss.
The offense had six hits but weren’t able to bring them around to score; they left eight runners stranded on base in the 2-1 loss.
Perhaps the best scoring opportunity came in the second inning where the Eagles had the bases loaded with no outs but Haught grounded into a double play, killing the Eagles chances.
After a tough weekend, the Eagles went into the District to play Catholic University. They shelled the Cardinal for fourteen runs off of 13 hits, but perhaps the most impressive statistic was the zero in the errors category for the Eagles who improved to 11-15-1 on the season.
It was a good morale booster for the Eagles, who have a three game series against York College before the first round of the CAC tournament. They are currently the bottom dwellers of the CAC but they can pass St. Mary’s if they fare well against York. If they do, they will face the Wolverines again in the postseason and there is no reason they cannot beat them the second time around. They will have home team advantage this weekend against York playing at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.