Mount St. Mary's Completes Long Road Trip with Four-Game Series at Fairleigh Dickinson This Weekend
Mount St. Mary's (12-34, 5-19 NEC) at Fairleigh Dickinson (21-21-1, 15-9 NEC)
Friday, May 4, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday May 5, 1:00 p.m. (DH)
Sunday, May 6, 1:00 p.m.
Naimoli Family Baseball Complex, Teaneck, N.J.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount dropped a pair of mid-week games last week to fall to 12-34 on the season. The Mountaineers fell at Penn State, 5-3, on Tuesday before dropping a 15-10 decision at UMBC on Wednesday. Mount St. Mary's had a bye week in the Northeast Conference. The Mount has dropped seven in a row and 11 of its past 12 games since taking the final two games of its series against LIU Brooklyn. Mark Quaranta leads the Mount with a .354 average and 29 runs scored while Josh Winter is hitting .310 with team highs in doubles (11), home runs (6) and RBI (40). On the mound, Brady Feigl is 1-4 with a 3.55 ERA in seven starts while Karl Lamont is 1-6 with a 5.15 ERA in nine starts.
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UPDATE: Fairleigh Dickinson split a four-game series with NEC leader Bryant last weekend and enters this weekend's series with a 21-21-1 overall record and a 15-9 mark in the NEC. Ryan Kresky leads the NEC with a .386 average this season while adding team highs in runs (34) and doubles (15). Eric Anderson has a .307 average while leading the squad with seven home runs and 32 RBI. On the mound, Joe Borelli is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA and a pair of shutouts. The Knights are in third place in the NEC standings and are 12-6-1 at home this season.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES vs. THE KNIGHTS: Mount St. Mary's holds a 40-27 lead in the all-time series with Fairleigh Dickinson since the Mount moved to NCAA Division I in 1989. The Mount is 20-8 against the Knights since the 2004 season, including winning three of four in last year's series in Emmitsburg. Mount St. Mary's is 15-14 on the road against FDU all-time, but lost three of four at FDU in 2010.
LAST YEAR AGAINST FDU: The Mount took three of four games from the Knights last year at the Mount's E.T. Straw Family Stadium. The Mount won the opening game, 18-1 while the teams split the Saturday twinbill (FDU 5-4 win in game one; Mount 6-2 win in game two). The Mount closed the series with an 11-2 win on Sunday. Tommy Flynn (8-for-16, .500), Kyle Kane (7-for-14, .500), Andrew Caron (6-for-13, .462) and Mark Quaranta (6-for-15, .400) all had big series at the plate for the Mount.
CAREER NUMBERS AGAINST THE KNIGHTS: Michael Foster is hitting .360 (9-for-25) with six RBI in 11 career games against FDU…Karl Lamont has a 3.86 ERA and a save in three relief appearances…Mark Quaranta is 10-for-23 (.435) with four RBI in seven games against the Knights…Josh Winter is 12-for-42 (.286) with five doubles and 14 RBI in 12 career games vs. FDU
WALKER CATCHING FIRE: Shortstop Nick Walker has been hot at the plate of late for the Mount with a .367 average over the past 10 games. He has six doubles and two home runs in the 10-game stretch, good for a .767 slugging percentage. For the season, Walker is hitting .236 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI.
WINTER REACHES 40 RBI: Senior first baseman Josh Winter leads the Mount and the Northeast Conference with 40 RBI this season. It is just the eighth time since the Mount moved to NCAA Division I that a player has reached the 40-RBI plateau. The school record for RBI in a season is 64 set by Josh Vittek in 2008. For his career, Winter's 111 RBI are fifth on the Mount's all-time list.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Mount closes out its now 16-game road trip that will have a 32-day gap between home games with its four-game series at FDU. The Mount is 1-11 over the first 12 games of the trip that will see the team play in seven different cities.
HIT PARADE: Junior Mark Quaranta is second in the NEC in both hits (58) and batting average (.354) this season. Quaranta leads the Mount with 29 runs scored while adding four home runs and 30 RBI in 164 at bats. Hit .330 career average is seventh on the Mount's all-time list.
UP NEXT: The Mount closes out the 2012 season with a four-game home series against Central Connecticut State beginning on Thursday, May 10.