EMMITSBURG, Md. - Andrew Caron (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro) and Shane Eyler (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) combined for seven RBIs to lift Mount St. Mary's past Central Connecticut State 12-6 in Northeast Conference (NEC) baseball action on Friday.
Caron smacked a three-run homer in the fourth and recorded a sacrifice fly in the in the sixth. Eyler doubled home a run in the second to give the Mount (18-26, 12-13 NEC) the lead it would not relinquish and then smacked a two-run homer in the sixth. The duo is tied for the team lead with six homers.
Kyle Kane (Boonsboro, Md./Boonsboro) added a 3-for-4 performance with three runs scored to give the Mountaineers 3-4-5 hitters a 6-for-13 afternoon with two home runs, seven RBIs and seven runs scored. In addition, Jake Darr (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI in the winning effort.
Richie Tri paced the Blue Devils (21-17, 10-11 NEC) with three hits, two RBIs and a run scored while Sean Allaire added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI in the loss.
Mount St. Mary's used four multi-run innings to take the lead and never look back to take the first game of the four-game set against New Britain program.
With the score tied at 2, the Mount scored four times in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead. Alex Andrews (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and Michael Foster (Easton, Md./Easton) started the rally with back-to-back walks before Darr plated Andrews on an RBI single through the left side. Caron then sent his 3-2 pitch over the center field wall for a three-run homer to increase the advantage to four runs.
Central Connecticut State chipped away at the deficit with a run in both the fifth and sixth. Pat Epps hit a run-scoring single in the fifth and Tri doubled home a run down the left field line in the sixth to trim the margin to 6-4.
The Mountaineers answered with a three-run sixth to take a 9-4 lead. Mike Matta (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) opened the stanza with an infield single, stole second and touched home on Caron's opposite field sacrifice fly. After Kane was hit by the pitch, Eyler drilled a two-run shot to left field for a five-run advantage.
The Blue Devils against scratched at the margin with single runs in the seventh and eighth to trim the deficit to 9-6. Allaire led off the seventh with a homer to left center and Sean Miller-Jones doubled down the right field line to score a run in the eighth.
Mount St. Mary's had a response again in the bottom of the inning with three runs to put the game away. Darr reached on a bunt base hit and Caron got on base with an error before Josh Winter (Timonium, Md./Boy's Latin) plated both runners on double to center. Zach Helman (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro) capped the three-run stanza and the 12-run outburst with a sacrifice fly to right.
Kane and Eyler helped the Mount take the lead it would not relinquish in the second. Kane singled to right center and touched home on Eyler's double down the right field line. Andrews included the lead to two runs on a base hit to right to score Eyler for a 2-0 edge.
Central Connecticut State came right back to tie the game at 2 with two runs in the third thanks to a Tri leadoff homer and an Anthony Scialdone run-scoring double, but the Mountaineers scored 10 of the final 14 runs to come away with the victory.
Kent Worthington (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) improved to 4-2 on the year after allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work and 125 pitches.
Mount St. Mary's and Central Connecticut State return to action in the middle two games of the four-game series on Saturday. First pitch is 12 p.m.