SALISBURY, Md. – The Capital Athletic Conference Tournament run for the fifth-seeded Marymount (Va.) University baseball team came to a close on Friday afternoon, falling to the sixth-seeded University of Mary Washington, 18-3, in an elimination game.
The first few innings showed some promise for the Saints, getting the first run on the board after just three batters. Sophomore Luke Tyree kicked off the game with a single to centerfield and quickly stole second and third. Sophomore Conner Hall made his way on off a walk, and followed suit like Tyree, stealing second to put two in scoring position. Senior Brandon Savage stepped in next, hitting a chopped ball to shortstop for the groundout, but it was enough to get the runners to advance and score Tyree for the early 1-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the frame, freshman Kenny Sysyn got the start on the mound for the Saints. An unfortunate event on the first batter had Sysyn striking out the first two batters, but the first batter had a passed ball on the swing, placing him on base and eventually stealing second. Back-to-back wild pitches would eventually bring around the runner to tie up the game.
In the top of the third, Marymount worked back out ahead when seniors Brandon Orbe, Karlis Graubics and Marlon Mitchell each earned five-pitch walks, while Mitchell's walk was on a bases-loaded situation, bringing home Hall for the 2-1 advantage.
The lead faltered over the next few innings, as the Eagles registered nine runs through a three-inning span to take an 8-2 advantage of their own. In the top of the seventh, the Saints halted the stretch by UMW with a RBI single by sophomore Michael Wade through the right side to score Orbe.
But that was the last run to come across for the Saints, while Mary Washington added eight more to take the 18-3 decision and end Marymount's run in the conference tournament.
The Saints will return to non-conference game next week, taking on Catholic University on Tuesday, April 25 at Bishop O'Connell High School. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.