Mount Baseball Gets Back in Win Column with Doubleheader Sweep of Wagner
Emmitsburg, Md. (March 31, 2012)--Mount St. Mary's had strong performances at the plate and on the mound in a doubleheader sweep of Wagner on Saturday afternoon. The Mount won the opening game, 9-3, before posting a 6-4 victory in the nightcap.
In the opening game, Jay Knight went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, two RBI and three stolen bases in the 9-3 victory. Ryan Owens was 3-for-3 with three doubles, two runs scored and two RBI while Mo Moriarty and Brandon Scott also added two hits each in the victory.
On the mound, Brady Feigl struck out two while allowing two runs and six hits in six innings of work to earn the victory.
Knight gave the Mount the early lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was his second homer in as many days for the Mountaineers.
The Mount (9-21, 2-10 NEC) took control with four runs in the third, two in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take a commanding 9-0 advantage.
In the third, Owens doubled and later scored on a Wagner error for the first run in the four-run outburst. With two outs and no one on base, Knight singled and stole second base while Mark Quaranta walked. Josh Winter came through with a clutch two-run double to stretch the lead to 4-0 while Sam Nott's RBI single plated Winter.
Owens doubled and scored on a Scott RBI single while Knight added an RBI single as well in the Mount's two-run fourth. Owens stretched the lead to 9-0 with a two-run double in the fifth as the Mount then cruised to the victory.
In game two, Thomas Williams allowed four runs while scattering 12 hits in 6.2 innings of work to improve to 2-1 on the season. Nick Riley, who appeared in all four games of the series, closed out the victory with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, picking up his second save of the year.
The Mount took the early lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the first when Michael Foster stole third and score on an errant throw.
Wagner (11-17, 7-5 NEC) took the lead with two runs in the third and one more in the fourth for a 3-1 lead. Eddie Brown had an RBI double and Nick Dini an RBI single in the third while Jason Gordon chipped in an RBI double in the fourth.
Mount St. Mary's tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Mount loaded the bases and Nott was able to scamper home on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 3-2. Owens then hit a sacrifice fly to right to even the score.
A pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth gave the Mount a 5-3 advantage. Winter singled and moved to second on a Nott sacrifice bunt. Clow then had an infield single to put runners on first and third with one out.
The Mount executed a double-steal with Clow taking second, and Winter stealing home for the 4-3 lead. Clow then scored on a wild pitch for a two-run advantage.
Cliff Brantley's RBI single in the top of the seventh cut the Mount lead to 5-4, but Riley came on in relief with the bases loaded and two outs, and got out of the jam with a fly out to left.
The Mount added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh when Scott walked, moved to second on a bunt, third on a blak, and scored on Knight's RBI single to center field.
Clow went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Mount offense in game two while Winter was 2-for-4 with a double.
The Mount returns to action on Thursday, April 5, when LIU Brooklyn visits E.T. Straw Family Stadium for a 3:00 p.m. game in the first game of a four-game Northeast Conference series.
Game Notes: Knight went 7-for-15 (.467) at the plate with a double, two home runs, four runs scored and four steals in the four-game series...Riley was 0-0 with one save and a 0.00 ERA in 5.2 innings while appearing in all four games of the series...Riley struck out two and allowed three hits in his appearances...Michael Foster had his 12-game hit streak snapped in the first game of the doubleheader.