Emmitsburg, Md. (March 16, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's opened Northeast Conference play with an 11-3 loss to Bryant at Waldron Family Stadium on campus. Mark Quaranta, Nick Walker and Josh Winter each had two hits in the loss.
Bryant jumped to a 4-1 lead after five innings of play behind a pair of Kevin Brown home runs. Brown hit a solo shot in the top of the third to give Bryant a 2-0 lead. The Mount (5-10, 0-1 NEC) countered in the bottom of the frame when Walker and Winter posted back-to-back doubles to cut the deficit to 2-1. Brown, however, belted a two-run shot in the fifth to push the lead back to 4-1.
Mike DelPonte hit a two-run shot in the top of the seventh to put Bryant ahead, 6-1, but the Mount staged a rally in the bottom of the eighth.
Winter started the rally with a single to left, and he moved to third on Sam Nott's single down the left-field line. Pinch hitter Mo Moriarty walked to load the bases, forcing Bryant to bring in closer Salvatore Lisanti. Andrew Clow greeted Lisanti with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 6-2 with the bases loaded an no out. Ryan Owens then hit a sharp grounder that Bryant was able to turn into a double-play with Nott scoring on the play to make it 6-3.
The Bulldogs sealed the win with five runs in the top of the ninth. Brown singled and David Soltis was hit by a pitch ahead of DelPonte, who hit a three-run homer to give Bryant a commanding six-run lead. Adam Clair and John Mullen followed with RBI doubles for the final runs of the game.
Winter went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored while Walker was 2-for-5 with a double and a run as well. Quaranta finished the day 2-for-5 at the plate while Clow was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
DelPonte went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI to pace Bryant while Brown finished 3-for-5 with two home runs, three runs scored and three RBI.
On the mound, Scott Nickerson took the loss for the Mount, allowing four runs while striking out six in 5.2 innings. Kevin McAvoy allowed one run in seven innings to pick up the win for Bryant.
The teams continue the four-game series with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader tomorrow at Straw Family Stadium on campus.