Hamden, Conn. (April 15, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's held on for a 7-6 victory over Quinnipiac in the final game of the weekend series on Sunday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field. Mo Moriarty and Nick Walker each hit solo home runs in the win.
The Mount (12-27, 5-15 NEC) took a 1-0 lead when Moriarty led off the second inning with his first career home run. Walker then opened the third with a solo shot down the left field line to put the Mount ahead, 2-0.
Quinnipiac's Jesse Ullrich had an RBI triple in the bottom of the third to cut the Mount lead to one, but Mount St. Mary's answered with a three-run fourth for a 5-1 lead. In the fourth, Moriarty doubled to open the inning, moved to third on a Ryan Owens bunt single, and scored on a Sam Nott single through the left side. Walker added an RBI base hit and Jay Knight a sacrifice fly in the inning as well.
The Bobcats scored in the bottom of the fourth with a Nic Civale RBI single and threatened further damage by loading the bases with no outs. Mount starter Thomas Williams escaped the jam with a 5-2-3 double play and a groundout to short.
Scott Donaghue made it a 5-3 game with an RBI single in the sixth, but the Mount countered with a pair of runs in the seventh to push the lead back to four. Mark Quaranta had an RBI single to score Michael Foster for the first run in the inning while Owens added an RBI single as well.
Quinnipiac (6-27, 5-15 NEC) made things interesting by scoring once in the eighth and two more times in the ninth, but the Mount held on for the victory. Forrest Dwyer had an RBI single in the eighth to make it 7-4.
In the bottom of the ninth, Ullrich singled and moved to second on an error to open the inning. Nick Riley came on in relief and was greeted by a Vincent Guglietti RBI single. There was an error on the Mount right field, allowing Guglietti to advance all the way to third and Ullrich to score. Guglietti then scored on a Kyle Nisson groundout to cut the Mount lead to 7-6. Riley, however, got the final two outs to earn the save.
Williams allowed three runs in 5.1 innings to pick up the victory. Dan Horner allowed a pair of runs in 2.2 innings of relief while Riley gave up an unearned run in one inning to earn the save.
Quaranta went 3-for-5 at the plate while Moriarty and Walker each went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in the win. Owens was 2-for-5 in the win as well.
The Mount returns to action on Tuesday, April 17, with a 4:00 p.m. game at Towson.