Mount Baseball Visits Penn State and UMBC for Pair of Mid-Week Matchups
Mount St. Mary's (12-32) at Penn State (18-21)
Tuesday, April 24, 6:05 p.m.
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, University Park, Pa.
Mount St. Mary's (12-32) at UMBC (8-29)
Wednesday, April 25, 6:00 p.m.
Baseball Factory Field, Catonsville, Md.
MOUNT UPDATE: Despite a solid performance from the pitching staff, the Mount went 0-4 in its four-game series at Monmouth this past weekend. Mount pitchers held the Hawks to 13 runs in the series, posting a 3.54 ERA while holding Monmouth to a .221 average in the four games. At the plate, Nick Walker went 5-for-10 (.500) with four doubles and a .667 on-base percentage for the Mountaineers. For the year, Mark Quaranta continues to pace the offense with a .354 average. He is second in the NEC in both hits (56) and batting average (.354). Josh Winter, who is hitting .303 on the season, leads the NEC with 36 RBI. On the mound, Scott Nickerson tossed a one-hitter in the Mount's 2-0 loss in the second game against the Hawks.
PENN STATE UPDATE: Penn State took two of three games at Iowa over the weekend to improve to 18-21 overall and 6-6 in the Big 10. Steven Hill threw a no-hitter in Penn State's 2-0 win over the Hawkeyes on Saturday. It was the first no-hitter by a Penn State pitcher since 1995. Jordan Steranka leads the offense with a .360 average, eight home runs and 30 RBI. Joey DeBarnardis is hitting .292 with four triples, five home runs and 26 runs batted in. on the mound, Joe Kurrash is 3-2 with a 2.08 ERA in 11 appearances (six starts) while Greg Welsh is 1-0 with a 2.49 ERA in 15 appearances (one start).
LAST MEETING WITH PENN STATE: Seven pitchers combined to toss a five-hitter as Mount St. Mary's defeated Penn State, 2-1, on April 21, 2010. The Mount took the lead with a run in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Sam Nott was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a Michael Foster single. Penn State then committed an error, allowing Nott to score the first run of the game. The Mount made it 2-0 in the sixth when Jacob Darr tripled and then scored on a Kyle Kane single. Penn State scored an unearned run in the seventh to cut the Mount lead to 2-1.
UMBC UPDATE: UMBC enters Wednesday's matchup 8-29 on the season and 1-10 in the America East Conference. The Retrievers went 1-3 in the four-game series with Albany over the weekend. Brian Klukowicz paced the team with a .357 average and 26 RBI while Curtis Schickner is hitting .330 on the year. Max Himmelstein leads the team with seven home runs while posting a .301 average. On the mound, reliever Josh Dick is 3-0 with a team-best 5.06 ERA in 21.1 innings.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES vs. UMBC: UMBC holds a 29-11 lead in the all-time series since the Mount moved to NCAA Division I in 1989. UMBC defeated the Mount, 7-3, earlier this season at E.T. Straw Family Stadium.
FIRST MEETING THIS YEAR: Mount St. Mary's lost to UMBC, 7-3, on March 27 at E.T. Straw Family Stadium. Mount starter Chris DelVecchio rolled through the first three innings, striking out eight while allowing one hit and two walks. The Retrievers (7-12), however, broke through for a pair of runs in the top of the fourth on a Vince Corbi double. Mount St. Mary's got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when Foster drilled a home run to left to cut the deficit to 2-1. UMBC's Brian Klukowicz belted a three-run homer in the top of the fifth for a 5-1 advantage. The Mount cut the UMBC lead to 5-2 in the sixth when Brandon Scott and Mark Quaranta each doubled. The Retrievers added single runs in the seventh and eighth to push the lead to 7-2 before Walker hit a solo home run to left in the bottom of the ninth for the final run.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Mount is in the midst of a 17-game road trip that will have a 32-day gap between home games. The Mount is 1-9 over the first 10 games of the trip that will see the team play in eight different cities.
LEAGUE LEADER: Senior Josh Winter leads the Northeast Conference with 36 RBI this season. Winter is hitting .303 on the season with 11 doubles and a team-high five home runs. He is fifth all-time at the Mount with 107 career RBI.
HIT PARADE: Junior Mark Quaranta is second in the NEC in both hits (56) and batting average (.354) this season. Quaranta leads the Mount with 28 runs scored while adding four home runs and 30 RBI in 158 at bats. Hit .330 career average is seventh on the Mount's all-time list.
UP NEXT: The Mount is off until Tuesday, May 1, when they travel to Virginia for a 6:00 p.m. game.