Teaneck, N.J. (May 5, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's split a Northeast Conference doubleheader with Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday afternoon at the Naimoli Complex. Michael Foster's grand slam home run highlighted the Mount's 9-5 win in the opening game. The Knights rallied for six runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn a 9-6 victory in the nightcap.
In the opening game, the Mount (14-35, 7-20 NEC) took the early lead when Foster singled, moved to third on an error, and scored on a Quaranta sacrifice fly
The Mount strung together a two-out rally in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. Andrew Clow singled, Jack Schwartz was hit by a pitch, and Brandon Scott had a single to load the bases with two outs. Foster followed by belting a grand slam home run to left field. It was his second home run of the season.
The Knights (22-23-1, 16-11 NEC) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 5-2, but the Mount responded with a two-run homer from Ryan Owens.
FDU threatened in the bottom of the sixth, scoring once and having the bases loaded with no outs, but Mount starter Brady Feigl was able to escape the jam without further damage on a pop out and a ground-ball double play.
Scott came through with a two-run double in the top of the seventh to add a pair of insurance runs. The Knights got a two-run single from Ryan Kresky in the bottom of the seventh to complete the scoring.
Foster went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and four RBI to pace the Mount in the victory. Scott went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored with Schwartz adding a 2-for-2 day at the plate.
Feigl allowed five runs (four earned) in six-plus innings to improve to 2-4 on the year. He struck out three while allowing eight hits in the game. Dan Horner struck out one while allowing one hit in a scoreless inning of relief.
In the nightcap, the Mount built a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Knights rallied with six runs to earn the come-from-behind victory.
The Mount grabbed a 5-1 lead in the second game with two runs in the first, one more in the fourth, and two in the fifth.
Jordan Ritz had an RBI single in the third to cut the Mount lead to 2-1, but Josh Winter answered with a solo home run to center in the top of the fourth. Winter leads the Mount with seven home runs and 41 RBI this season.
The Mountaineers added to the lead in the fifth when Schwartz singled and Scott walked to start the frame. Foster followed with an RBI single through the right side of the infield to plate pinch-runner Nick Walker. Knight's ground out then scored Scott to push the lead to 5-1.
FDU got the two runs back in the bottom of the inning on a Ryan Kresky RBI double and an Eric Anderson RBI single.
Clow pushed the Mount lead to 6-3 with an RBI single in the sixth to plate Tom Healy, who pinch ran for Moriarty, who led off with an infield single.
FDU rallied in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with two hits and a hit batsmen. Mike Eliasen then greeted Mount reliever Scott Nickerson with a grand slam homer to left field, giving FDU a 7-6 lead. Anderson added an RBI groundout and Kyle Weeks a solo home run to complete the 9-6 win.
Knight was 2-for-4 and Moriarty 2-for-3 for the Mount in the loss. Thomas Williams allowed six runs in five innings in a no decision.
The teams complete the four-game series tomorrow with a nine-inning game starting at 1:00 p.m.