With the regular season about halfway over, the St. Mary’s baseball team has had a solid first half and is gearing up for an equally successful second half.
With a current record of 12 wins and six losses, and a 5-4 conference record, the Seahawks are pleased with how their season has progressed. Captain and senior Mike Victory believes that all parts of the team are working together. “Our team has been firing on all cylinders,” he said.
Key games for the team involved the three game series against York College on March 10 and 11. The Seahawks took the first game of the series 15-3, with 17 hits and 15 RBIs. Victory pitched the whole game giving up only three runs and striking out four batters. After a 4-3 loss with only three hits, the Seahawks came back in the third game winning 4-3 with 10 hits and a three-run homer by first year Zach Nadolny. Victory was pleased with taking the series: “When you look at the past series with York, our pitching was there the whole way and when we’re scoring runs, we’re dangerous,” he said.
Overall, the team has 107 total runs, 180 hits of which they have 31 doubles, four triples, and three homeruns. With an on base percentage of .408, the team also has 10 stolen bases.
“We have been winning games and clicking as a team,” Victory said. However, he was concerned about getting overconfident or unconcerned about games. “The problem with starting to feel really good about the season is you get complacent and we’re not satisfied with where we’re at. We’ve lost some games we shouldn’t have and need to keep building.”
Whether or not complacency is the issue, the Seahawks have lost their two most recent games against Wesley, losing the three-game series despite their initial win. Overall though, the team is doing well; of their last 10 games, the Seahawks have won seven.
The team has another cause to celebrate: their double-header sweep of Albertus Magnus College earned Head Coach Lew Jenkins his 300th and 301st career wins. After taking the first game 5-3, the Seahawks came back to win the second game 3-2.
The Seahawks next game is Tuesday, March 20, a home game at 3:00 p.m. against Washington College. They also have a home double-header Thursday, March 22 against Old Westbury (a SUNY college); the first game begins at 1:30 p.m. The Seahawks’ senior game is Saturday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m. against Mary Washington. “We love having people at the games and our team is playing at a high level so it is always exciting.” Victory said. “We’d love as many of our classmates to come out [to the senior game] and watch us as possible.”
Overall, Victory seems pleased with the team’s effort. “Our team chemistry has … totally clicked. All of our guys are getting loud in the dugout and we’re always there to pick each other up.” Victory said, adding that the team expects to win the CAC Championship and advance to the regional tournament. “I know last year we’re started to get on the right track and this year I feel like we’re ready to get to the next level.”