FROSTBURG, Md.—A strong first-inning performance by the Marymount (Va.) University baseball squad along with a program-record eight RBI by sophomore Conner Hall pushed the Saints past Capital Athletic Conference foe, Frostburg State University, 20-8, on Wednesday afternoon to complete the regular-season sweep for the third-straight season.
Hall shattered the program record of RBI in a single game with eight for the day, going 4-for-6 including a 2-RBI double, a grand slam, and a two-run homer.
The blue and white set a program record in the top of the first, recording eight earned runs off five hits to open the game. Senior Lorenzo Calderon and sophomore Luke Tyree each sent one over the fence for a combined three RBI. Hall added a double for two RBI, and later senior Roy Coates added a double for two more runs. Sophomore Ryan Scheufele hit a sac-fly to right field to score senior Marlon Mitchell. Marymount took a commanding 8-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the frame.
Frostburg quickly answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the first to bring the game back within five, 8-3. Both squads remained scoreless until the top of the third after Coates put the ball in play and Hall crossed home plate, 9-3. In the bottom of the fourth, the Bobcats added another three runs to cut the deficit to three.
Marymount used aggressive base running in the top of the sixth to score Calderon on a stolen base, 10-6. In the top half of the seventh, Schefeule knocked in another run off a double to right field and later scored on a ball put in play by Tyree, 12-6. FSU rallied once again, posting two more runs in the bottom of the seventh, 12-8. However, the bats remained hot for MU, and Hall hit a grand slam over the left-field fence for the first time in his career, picking up four more RBI for the game, 16-8.
The Saint defense kept the Bobcats off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. On the offensive end, the blue and white bolstered four more runs in the top of the ninth. In the inning, Hall notched his second home run of the day for a career-high eight RBI to help the Saints to the 20-8 victory.
Junior Collin Bazemore earned the start on the mound and pitched through six innings. Bazemore recorded four strikeouts, and earned the win to improve to 4-3 on the season.
Marymount will close out CAC play in a twin bill at home on Saturday, April 15 against Wesley College. First pitch is set for 12 p.m., at Bishop O'Connell High School.