WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Marymount University baseball team celebrated Senior Day in exciting fashion on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, splitting a twin bill with Cabrini University between the top-two teams in the Atlantic East Conference. Game one saw seven total home runs through seven innings, while the second game went to 11 innings that was capped off with a walk-off home run.
Game 1: Cabrini 8, Marymount 7 (7 Innings)
Of the 15 total runs in the game, 10 were scored off home runs, as seven were launched in the game. Five of the homers were for the Cavaliers and two for the Saints, both of which came from the bat of senior Michael Wade.
The first inning was a quick start for both teams, with the Cavs sending over the first homer of the game after sophomore Ryan Bergenhagen struck out the first two batters of the game. That one-run lead for Cabrini was erased in the bottom of the inning when freshman David Kurzrock singled through the left side to score senior Luke Tyree, Wade sent his first shot of the game with a two-RBI homer over the left-field fence, and sophomore James DiGiulian scored senior Austin Sizemore on a sacrifice fly.
In the top of the second, another home run, this time for two runs, was sent out of the park by the Cavs to cut their deficit to one. By the bottom of the third, a fielder's choice by junior Mike Ferrara brought home Wade to push the advantage back out to two, 5-3.
The fourth inning was loaded with three more home runs, two for the Cavs and another by Wade, as the Saints held a slight 7-6 lead heading into the final three innings. However, the Saints were kept off home plate through the stretch while Cabrini hit the final home run an a RBI single to take over the lead at 8-7 and take game one.
Game 2: Marymount 4, Cabrini 3 (11 Innings)
The second game of the twin bill played out much differently, seeing half the runs as game one did and just one home run, the final hit of the game that walked off for the Saints' victory.
Sophomore Drew Mead started on the bump for the Saints, opening the game with two-straight strikeouts and a fly out to Tyree in centerfield. Marymount gave him a little support in the bottom of the frame with Wade bringing home Tyree on a single up the middle.
In the second inning, the Cavs evened the score with a RBI single of their own, but the scoring on both sides went into a draught for the next two innings before Cabrini added two more in the top of the fifth.
Junior Will DiGiulian relieved Mead on the mound in the fifth, going 2.2 innings for just one hit and two strikeouts. He was followed by senior Ryan Scheufele who dazzled on the mound for four innings all the way into the 11th inning. Scheufele gave up just one hit and registered five strikeouts.
Of the five strikeouts, none were more important the the fifth one in the top of the 11th. With two outs and bases loaded, Scheufele remained composed and dialed in for a strikeout on Cabrini's Tyler Norris to end the inning and send the game to the bottom of the frame to give the Saints an opportunity to walk off.
The extra innings was setup, not just due to solid pitching down the stretch DiGiulian and Scheufele, but by the two runs scored in the bottom of the ninth. Kurzrock, with speed, hit an infield single to the shortstop who couldn't get to first base in time, bringing home Tyree. The tying run scored when Wade stepped up with two outs, sending a high fly ball to shallow center field that three Cavs surrounded but couldn't track down. Dropping between them, Wade reached first and freshman Ryan Lee sprinted home for the 3-3 score, but the inning ended when Kurzrock was caught at third as he tried to advance one base too many.
As Scheufele dialed in to give Marymount a walk-off chance in the 11th, Tyree answered. In the first at-bat of the bottom of the inning, Tyree stepped in and sent a moonshot over the right-field fence to send the stadium into an uproar of celebration.
The Saints hop out of conference play for the next three games, traveling to Shenandoah University on Tuesday, April 16 for their next contest. Start time is set for 4 p.m.