St. Mary's (Md.) rallies to 4-3 victory in game one, falls short in second match
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. -- Sophomore Matt Holdefer belted a walk-off single to propel St. Mary's (Md.) to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory against No. 1 Salisbury in Capital Athletic Conference action on Saturday. The Sea Gulls split the day's doubleheader with a 2-1 victory in the nightcap.
Holdefer came in to pinch hit in the fifth spot for sophomore Zach Nadolny, who had been subbed out with a pinch runner in the bottom of the eighth. Holdefer hit an infield single to shortstop and beat the throw to first, allowing sophomore second baseman Luke Green to come across home plate for the game-winning run.
Green had led off the ninth inning with a walk, advanced on a bunt single by sophomore leftfielder Brad Dioguardo and went to third on a fielder's choice to sophomore Jared Eaker.
Junior southpaw Sam Coe notched the win in relief as Coe (3-1) threw two innings, allowing just one run on one hit with a strikeout and a walk, while Dioguardo and sophomore centerfielder Paul Roemer paced the Seahawks at the plate with two hits apiece.
Salisbury (15-3, 4-1 CAC) claimed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning before the Seahawks (8-14) responded with a run of their own in the third. The Sea Gulls retook the lead in the sixth with another run, but St. Mary's evened up at two with a run in the seventh.
Junior center fielder Bill Root returned the lead to Salisbury in the eighth with a lead-off solo shot to left field, but consecutive ground outs and a strikeout looking kept the Seahawks within one. In its half of the eighth, St. Mary's knotted the game for the third time as senior Stefano Muscatelli connected on a two-out single to bring home senior shortstop Corey Napier, who drew a lead-off walk. After walking the next batter to load the bases, Salisbury's senior Danny Druzgala pitched a ground ball to end the Seahawks' rally.
Coe then went to work in Salisbury's half of the ninth, nearly retiring the side in order as he walked one of four batters faced. The loss snapped an eight-game win streak for the Sea Gulls.
In the nightcap, all the scoring happened in the third and fourth innings. Salisbury once again got on the board first with a run in the third before the Seahawks tied it up in their half of the third inning. The Sea Gulls then plated the eventual game-winner in the fourth as junior second baseman Johnny Schiotis knocked in a two-out double to left center to score junior shortstop Ken O'Neill, who led off the inning with a single.
Sophomore starter Brett Collacchi improved to 4-0 on the season as Collacchi gave up just one run on seven hits in the complete-game victory. Root, O'Neill and senior left fielder Nick Gentry each had two hits for the Sea Gulls in the win.