St. Joe comes back, tops Curley Single in 7th wins, 5-4

Teixeira has 400-ft. homer


March 27, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Yesterday's game against visiting Archbishop Curley was Mount St. Joseph's short season in microcosm: After an inauspicious start, the Gaels scored a come-from-behind victory, 5-4.

Steve Brown's run-scoring single in the home seventh inning lifted the top-ranked Gaels over their sixth-ranked Maryland VTC Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference adversaries, who had capitalized on an error-filled fifth inning by St. Joe to take a 4-0 lead.

But St. Joe, ranked No. 22 nationally by USA Today in the preseason, responded by tying the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, sparked by a 400-foot, two-run home run by two-time All-Metro third baseman Mark Teixeira (five assists).

The win was the Gaels' second straight after losses to Gonzaga, of Washington and Riverdale Baptist of Prince George's County. Curley is 1-1.

"With all the pressure from the hype surrounding our team and the fact that the weather hasn't cooperated, we had a slow start," said Teixeira. He signed last November for a full baseball scholarship at Georgia Tech and, as one of the nation's top pro prospects, is being heavily scouted by several professional teams.

Pub Date: 3/27/98

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