March 14, 2012

Tom Healy's Two-Run Walk-Off Homer Lifts Mount St. Mary's Past Georgetown, 10-9

Emmitsburg, Md. (March 14, 2012)—Tom Healy belted a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Mount St. Mary's to a 10-9 come-from-behind win over Georgetown on Wednesday afternoon at E.T. Straw Family Stadium on campus.  The Mount scored the final six runs in the game to earn the victory.

Trailing 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth, Sam Nott set the table for Healy when he was hit by a 3-2 pitch with one out.  Healy then drove an 0-1 pitch over the right-center field fence for his second home run of the season to lift the Mount to the win.

Georgetown (10-7) had the bats going early, scoring two runs in the top of the first and adding five more in the top of the third to take a 7-1 lead.  Nick Geary and Justin Leese each had two-run singles in the third for the Hoyas.

The Mount (5-9), winners of four in a row, answered with three runs in the bottom of the third.  Mark Quaranta started the rally by slamming a solo home run to right to cut the deficit to 7-2.  After a Nick Walker single, Josh Winter slammed a two-run shot to left to make it 7-4.

Georgetown's Michael Garza hit a two-run single down the left-field line in the top of the fifth to give the Hoyas a 9-4 lead.

The Mount started its rally in the bottom of the sixth when Andrew Clow's base hit to right field plated Winter to make the score 9-5.

Mount St. Mary's kept chipping away at the deficit, scoring three times in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Georgetown lead to 9-8.  The Mount loaded the bases for Nott, who came through with a two-run single to left field.  The Mount's third run in the inning came on a Georgetown error.

Relief pitcher Chris Del Vecchio kept the Mount in the game by pitching out of a jam in the top of the eighth.  Kevin Johnson singled and Eric Anderson followed with a double to put runners on second and third with one out.  Del Vecchio, however, struck out the final two batters of the inning to keep it a one-run ball game.

Winter continued his strong start to the season by going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.  Winter is hitting .407 this season with 17 RBIs over the first 14 games. Quaranta, who is hitting .396 this year, was 2-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored while Waker finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored.  Clow added two hits in the win while Nott went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

On the mound, starter Nick Riley labored through six innings, allowing nine runs with a pair of strikeouts.  Del Vecchio earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief, striking out four and allowing just two hits.

For Georgetown, Anderson went 3-for-4 at the plate while Leeson, Garza, Johnson, Danny Poplawski and Geary each had two hits in the loss.

Mount St. Mary's opens Northeast Conference action on Friday, March 16, with a 3:00 p.m. home game against Bryant.  The Mount and Bryant will play a twinbill at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and finish the four-game set with a 1:00 p.m. contest on Sunday.

GAME NOTES:  Georgetown holds a 17-10 lead in the all-time series since the Mount moved to NCAA Division I in 1989…The four-game win streak is the longest by a Mount team since a four-game streak in 2010..