February 16, 2013

Sam Nott Belts Pair of Home Runs to Pace Mount to Split with Iona

Emmitsburg, Md. (February 16, 2012)--Sam Nott belted a pair of home runs to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 10-5 win in five innings over visiting Iona in the second game of a doubleheader at E.T. Straw Family Stadium on campus.  The Mount saw a late rally fall short in a 5-4 loss in the opening game.

After Iona took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first of game two, Nott blasted a two-run homer to left to give the Mount (2-1) a 2-1 lead.  Iona's Sean Menickella tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the top of the second, but the Mount answered with a six runs in the bottom of the inning.

With two outs and no one one base, Nick Walker reached on an error, and then stole second base.  Jay Knight followed with a triple to plate Walker with the go-ahead run.  Mark Quaranta doubled to score Knight, and Nott hit his second home run in as many innings to stretch the lead to 6-2.  Andrew Clow singled, and Tom Healy drilled a triple to left-center to make it 7-2.  Jack Schwartz followed with a two-base hit to complete the six-run inning.

Iona scored three times in the top of the fourth to cut the Mount advantage to 8-5, but Zach Smith countered with an RBI single and Walker an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth for the 10-5 lead.  The game was called after the fifth due to darkness.

Nott went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI to pace the Mount in the game while Jack Schwartz added a pair of doubles and Knight two hits and two runs. 

Kevin Myers pitched a scoreless inning of relief to earn the win. 

In the opening game, Iona scored three times in the second and one more in the third to take a 4-0 advantage.  Clow got the Mount on the scoreboard with an RBI single in teh fourth, but Iona got the run back in the top of the fifth.

Mount St. Mary's rallied, cutting the deficit to 5-2 with a Healy solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.  The Mount made it interesting in the seventh with a Brandon Scott single and a Walker base on balls putting runners on first and second with one out.  Knight flew out to center, but Quaranta came through with an RBI single to make it 5-3.  Nott then singled to left to cut the deficit to 5-4 with the tying run on second.  Iona, however, got a strikeout to end the game.

Clow and Scott each had two hits in the first game.  Michael Locondro pitched two innings of scoreless relief in the game.

The Mount is back in action on Saturday, February 23, against Ohio State.  The game is the first of the Mount's seven-game trip to Port Charlotte, Fla.