St. Mary's City, MD – The D'Youville baseball team opened up their weekend trip to Maryland on Saturday afternoon, falling in back-to-back games against the St. Mary's Seahawks 6-5 and 6-2.
As they have done for the past several games, the top of the Spartan's lineup started off the game with a bang. Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew) led off the game with a double. After a strikeout, Justin Brackna (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) belted his first homer of the season, giving D'Youville a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Seahawks answered with three runs to take a 3-2 lead after one.
The Spartans were able to tie it up in the top of the third. Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) led off with a single, advancing to third on an error by the pitcher two at-bats later. In that same at-bat, Travis Macrides (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) hit a sac-fly to center field, scoring Hammer and tying the game at three. However St. Mary's scored a pair in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead and go ahead 5-3.
St. Mary's tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth to extend their lead to 6-3, but D'Youville would make it a close game in the top of the seventh. After a Haak leadoff single, Hammer reached on an error and advanced to second, putting Haak at third. Brackna then came to bat and grounded out to second, scoring Haak and moving Hammer to third. Macrides then singled to drive in Hammer to make the score 6-5. Despite having a runner on and one out, the Spartans were unable to get a third run across to tie the game and the team would lose game one of the doubleheader 6-5.
Four players recorded two hits for the team. The top six hitters for D'Youville all had a productive first game of the day. Haak, Hammer, Macrides, and Nicholas Ivanoff (Scranton, PA/West Scranton) each had two hits, while Brackna and Patrick Mulligan (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) each had one. All five RBI came from Brackna and Macrides.
On the mound, Tyler Siegmann (Wheatfield, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) had another strong performance early in the season. He pitched three innings, allowing four earned runs. In relief, Adam Lampman (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) was outstanding. The sophomore allowed one earned run and four hits with one strikeout in three innings of relief.
D'Youville began the second game of the doubleheader by getting on the board first yet again. With two outs in the first, Brackna reached base on an error, advancing all the way to third on a passed ball in the next at-bat. Two batters later, Ivanoff singled to drive in Brackna to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead through the first inning.
The lead doubled in the second inning. Again with two outs, the team got a runner on base as Devon Kelly (Rochester, NY/Olympia) singled, then advancing to third on an error. Haak came up at the top of the lineup, singling to the shortstop and driving in Kelly to put D'Youville up 2-0 after two.
The Seahawks got their first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Spartan lead in half, but they then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth with two more runs. Leading 3-2, St. Mary's added three insurance runs on in the bottom of the sixth and shutout D'Youville in the seventh to win game two 6-2.
Justin Varney (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) led the team with two hits in the game, followed by Ivanoff, Haak, Hammer, and Kelly with one each. Haak and Ivanoff each drove in a run.
On the mound, Will Pack (Pendleton, NY/Starpoint) had another strong game. In five innings, Pack struck out six and allowed six hits with three earned runs. Matt Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden) came in and pitched an inning of relief.
The two teams will play one more game before D'Youville comes back north as St. Mary's hosts the Spartans tomorrow, Sunday, March 18 at 12:00pm.