Mount St. Mary's (5-13) vs. Bucknell (8-8)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 3 pm
E.T. Straw Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
Mount St. Mary's (5-13) at Navy (9-9)
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 3 pm
Max Bishop Stadium, Annapolis, Md.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount had a tough weekend, dropping all four games of its Northeast Conference opening series with Bryant, to fall to 5-13 overall and 0-4 in the NEC. The Mount lost the opener, 11-3, before dropping a pair of tight games on Saturday, 4-2 and 3-2 (8 innings). Bryant captured the final game of the series by the score of 13-6. Mark Quaranta, who is hitting .429 over the past 10 games, leads the Mount with a .382 average. Josh Winter is hitting .368 on the year while leading the NEC in RBIs with 21. On the mound, Dan Horner is 1-1 with a team-best 3.10 ERA in 20.1 innings of work.
ABOUT THE BISON: Bucknell improved to 8-8 with a 10-6 win over Northwestern on Saturday at the RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla. Bob Donato extended his hit streak to 15 games while 2011 Patriot League Pitcher of the Year Ryan Ebner earned the win. David Duffett leads Bucknell with a .423 average and 18 RBI while Donato is now hitting .405 with five home runs and 17 RBI. Bucknell is hitting .334 as a team and has scored 125 runs in 16 games this year. Dan Weigel is the top pitcher with a 4-1 record and a 2.91 ERA in five starts.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES vs. BUCKNELL: Bucknell holds a 16-5 lead in the all-time series since the Mount moved to NCAA Division I in 1989. The Bison have won three straight and six of the past seven matchups in the series. Last year, Bucknell posted an 11-2 win over the Mount in Lewisburg. Bucknell downed the Mount, 22-9, on March 18, 2009, in the last meeting at Straw Family Stadium.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: Bucknell defeated the Mount, 11-2, on April 26 last year. Shane Eyler, who had an RBI single in the top of the second, became the second player in Mount history to reach 200 career hits when he went 2-for-3 in the game. Travis Clark hit a three-run homer and Brett Ashley added a two-run double in the win for Bucknell.
ABOUT THE MIDSHIPMEN: Navy is coming off a 6-5 walk-off win over Northwestern on Saturday at the RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla. Navy fought back from a four-run deficit to earn the win on a Greg Dupell sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Nikolai Simonsen leads Navy with a .392 average this season while Chance Jones is hitting .327 with a team-high 21 RBI. On the mound, Ben Nelson is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 32.0 innings as the top starter.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES vs. NAVY: The Mount holds a 5-2 lead in the all-time series with Navy since moving to NCAA Division I in 1989. The Mount has won three straight against the Midshipmen, including a 5-4 win at the Mount last year in a game that was ended early due to the weather. The Mount is 3-1 all-time on the road against Navy, including a 6-3 win on March 9, 2010, in the last matchup in Annapolis.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING WITH NAVY: Mount St. Mary's scored three times in the bottom of the seventh to rally for a 5-4 win over Navy last year. The game was called due to snow and rain in the top half of the eighth. Trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Mount rallied for three runs to earn the victory. With snow coming down, a pair of two-out errors by Navy put runners on second and third for Andrew Caron, who came through with a clutch single to right to plate the tying runs. Sam Nott walked to put runners on first and second for Kyle Kane, who delivered a double down the left field line to score Caron with the go-ahead run. Navy scored the tying run in the top of the eighth on a Mount error, but the umpire called the game at that point due to poor field conditions. Play reverted to the last completed inning in that situation, which sent the Mount home with the 5-4 victory.
QUARANTA ON HOT STREAK: Junior Mark Quaranta has been on a hot streak for the Mount, hitting .429 (18-for-42) with nine runs scored over the past 10 games. Quaranta leads the Mount with a .382 average and 15 runs scored on the year. He has a .419 on-base percentage and has two home runs and 13 RBI. Quaranta is hitting .329 (103-for-313) in 102 career games at the Mount, good for seventh on the school's all-time list.
HEALY'S WALK-OFF: Tom Healy belted a walk-off two-run homer to lead the Mount to a 10-9 win over Georgetown on March 14. It is the seventh walk-off home run by a Mount player since the 2004 season. Healy has two home runs this season, with both coming over the past three games.
MSM Walk-Off Homers (Since 2004)
March 14, 2012: Tom Healy, 2R HR vs. Georgetown in 10-9 win
May 5, 2011: Mark Quaranta, 3R HR vs. UMES in 7-4 win
May 15, 2009: Jacob Darr, 2R HR vs. Sacred Heart in 5-4 win
April 4, 2009: Alex Andrews, Grand Slam vs. Quinnipiac in 13-10 win
April 7, 2007: Ryan Murray, 3R HR vs. Monmouth in 9-8 win
May 7, 2005: Eric Smith, Solo HR vs. Fairleigh Dickinson in 1-0 win
Feb. 28, 2005: Eric Smith, 2R HR vs. Maine in 7-5 win
WINTER LEADS NEC IN RBIs: Senior Josh Winter leads the Northeast Conference with 21 RBI this season. The first baseman, who is hitting .368, has a .520 average (12-for-25) with runners in scoring position this season. He has improved his career average to .297 while he is now 12th all-time at the Mount with 92 runs batted in.
HORNER COMES UP BIG: Senior Dan Horner was almost unhittable in the Mount's 9-6 win in 11 innings at James Madison. Horner struck out six and allowed just one hit in five innings of relief to earn the win in the game. Horner is 1-1 this year with a team-best 3.10 ERA. He has recorded 23 strikeouts in 20.1 innings of work.
WELCOME BACK BRADY: Left-hander Brady Feigl is 0-2 with a 3.68 ERA so far this season after missing the 2011 season due to injury. Feigl has struck out 19 batters in 14.2 innings of work and is holding the opponents to a .189 average so far this year.
CLOW'S DEFENSE: Freshman catcher Andrew Clow has displayed a great arm behind the plate in his first season at the Mount. Clow has thrown out 62.5 percent of runners (10-of-16) trying to steal this season. The freshman has also chipped in at the plate, hitting .313 (10-for-32) in 11 games played (9 starts).
UP NEXT: Mount St. Mary's heads to Sacred Heart for a four-game Northeast Conference series beginning with a nine-inning game on Friday, March 23.