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A five-game winning streak and a separate four-game winning streak have the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Seahawks baseball team off on the right start to the 2012 season.
Currently sporting a 9-4 overall record, 4-2 in Capital Athletic Conference play, the Seahawks baseball team has started its season well.
Helping the Seahawks to five of the nine wins have been pitchers. Senior Mike Victory and sophomore Mike Coe are a combined 5-0, with Victory going 3-0 through four starts and striking out 17 batters, tying a team high.
“We’ve been able to put it all together,” Victory said. “When we’re hitting, we’re pitching and fielding and it’s all kind of coming together at the same time. We’re also getting the run support that we need. I think we’ve had 10 hits in almost every single one of our games.”
The Seahawks have managed 10 hits in nine of its first 13 games and 23 of those hits have come off the bat of Corey Napier, who leads the team in hits and batting average, .460, thus far.
“It feels great,” said Napier, the St. Mary’s Ryken High School graduate who also is third on the team in total RBIs with 13, of being back on the diamond. “We have a lot of team chemistry this year and it feels good. You have team chemistry and you play on the field they way you are off of the field. We’re such good friends off the field that, on the field, it carries over.”
The Seahawks are already at nine wins through 13 games after finishing last season with 19 wins, reaching its ninth victory in game 15 of the schedule.
And for Victory, he has his thoughts on what would define a victorious season.
“For me, as a senior, I wouldn’t find it a successful season unless we make the [NCAA] regional tournament,” Victory said.
Napier added, “We expect to win the conference. That’s our goal so that’s what we’re going to try to do. … We want to win 25 to 30 games and go into the NCAA tournament.”
The Seahawks men’s lacrosse team has split its first four games this year, playing to a 2-2 record and alternating wins and losses through each of the first four contests none of which conference games.
Scoring-wise, the Seahawks have three players tied for a team-high five goals scored by Calverton School graduate Will Lerch, Ryken graduate Taylor Cook and John Dehm.
“I love it,” Dehm said of the season. “I am finally getting the opportunity to get some playing time and I am having fun out there.”
Dehm added, “I think we are a completely different team this year. We’re more balanced and I think our offense can produce some more points.”
Through four games last season, the Seahawks scored 25 goals and through four games this season, the Seahawks are ahead of production this season with 31 goals scored.
“I like the speed we have in between the lines,” Dehm admitted. “We’ve always been pretty solid on defense and we have a good goalkeeper.”
The women’s lacrosse team also is at .500 through the early stages of its season, playing to a 3-3 record, currently on a two-game winning streak with a game in South Carolina that finished too late for inclusion into this edition.
Junior Erin Shackelford continues her scoring assault on opponents’ nets with her 10 goals scored through six games, a team high, followed by seven goals from senior Kimmy Routson.
The women will open its conference season at Marymount (Va.) on March 24.
The men open up its conference season hosting Marymount on the same day.
In the midst of a two-week hiatus, the Seahawks women’s team is resting with a 7-0 overall record, led by 11 single victories by freshman Emily Stumpfig.
The men’s tennis team will not have an equal rest as it traveled to South Carolina for five matches and will play an additional match before opening up the CAC season on March 24 hosting Stevenson.