Seahawk Baseball Suffers One-Run Loss to Frostburg State
St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team (5-4, 1-2 CAC) dropped the final game of their three-game series with Capital Athletic Conference opponent, Frostburg State University (5-2, 2-1 CAC), by a 4-3 decision Sunday afternoon after squandering a 3-0 lead.
Frostburg State's game-winning run came in the sixth when junior Garrett Price (Eldersburg, Md.) plated a run on a throwing error by junior starter Michael Victory (Westford, Mass./Westford). After leading off with a double down the leftfield line, Price advanced to third when junior Adam Summerfelt's (Gambrills, Md.) fouled out to right field before coming home following senior Daniel Heatwole's (Dayton, Va.) squeeze play bunt. Victory fielded the bunt and went for the play at home but overthrew sophomore catcher Stefano Muscatelli (Warwick, R.I./Toll Gate).
Victory (1-1) picked up his first loss of the season as he allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits in 6.0 innings of work with three strikeouts.
The Seahawks started the game offensively charged with three runs in the first inning for a 3-0 lead. Senior second baseman Matt Baden (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) opened the inning with a single up the middle before stealing second. After junior designated hitter Eric Gronbeck (Owings, Md./Northern) was hit by a pitch, sophomore shortstop Corey Napier (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) doubled to centerfield to score Baden and Gronbeck. Following Napier's lead, junior third baseman Keith Johnson (Great Mills, Md./Great Mills) connected on a double as well to bring home Napier. FSU starter Josh Davis (Freeland, Md.) held St. Mary's to just three runs as Davis got the next three batters to ground out twice and strikeout looking.
Davis improved to 2-0 as he pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Junior RHP Zach O'Dell (White Plains, Md.) notched his first save of the season with 3.0 innings of relief, letting up just one hit and fanning three batters.
The Bobcats cut the deficit to 3-1 in the fourth as junior Doug Anuszewski (Eldersburg, Md.) came home on a balk by Victory. Victory ended the inning by getting junior Jorge Quiles (Wilmington, Del.) to pop up to second base.
Frostburg knotted the game at 3-all in the fifth when senior Matt Ridenour (Hagerstown, Md.) tripled to centerfield to score senior Matt Greene (Westminster, Md.) who had doubled down the leftfield line as the inning's second batter. Ridenour then crossed home plate on an error by Napier.
Six different Seahawks collected hits with Napier and Johnson both recording doubles.
St. Mary's continues its home stand on Wednesday, March 2 when the Seahawks welcome Randolph-Macon College to the Hawk's Nest for non-conference action at 2:00 pm.