MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-7) vs. UMBC (0-4)
Saturday, March 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
E.T. Straw Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-7) at UMBC (0-4)
Sunday, March 10, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC, Catonsville, Md.
MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's opened the season by winning two out of three games in a home series with Iona. Most recently, the Mountaineers played seven games in Port Charlotte, Fla. compiling a 1-6 mark with a win over St. Bonaventure, 14-8, on Feb. 26th. The Mount was two innings away from pulling off a win against Michigan before a late rally by the Wolverines sent the Mount to an 8-7 loss on March 1st.
ABOUT UMBC: The Retrievers (0-4) have faced a challenging schedule in the early going. UMBC gave No. 10 North Carolina State all it could handle in a 5-3 defeat in the season opener on March 1st. They followed up with losses to Big XII opponent West Virginia (4-0) and Indiana (7-1) out of the Big 10. Their last time out, the Retrievers lost to Delaware, 12-4, on the road on March 5th.
LAST TIME WE MET: The Mount and UMBC played twice last season with the Retrievers winning both matchups. At E.T. Straw Family Stadium on March 27th, UMBC came away with a 7-3 win. Less than a month later, the Retrievers took a 15-10 decision on their home field. Nick Walker homered in both games for the Mount.
ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series, 30-11. The in-state rivalry dates back to 1989 with the two sides squaring off at least once each season, with the exception of 1996 and 1997. The Retrievers have won the last three meeting, including both games in 2012. The Mount's last win over UMBC occurred on March 29, 2011.
POWER SURGE: Senior Sam Nott leads the Northeast Conference and is currently tied for third in the nation with five home runs. The Central Dauphin product recorded one home run last season, two as a sophomore in 2011 and zero in his first season on campus. Nott is fourth in the nation in home runs per game, averaging 0.5 per contest. He also leads the league with 16 runs batted in, which is good for a tie for 17th in the nation.
STEALING BASES: With 11 stolen bases through 10 games, Mount junior Jay Knight is tied for fourth place nationally and is sixth in steals per game with 1.1. His 11 steals tie him for 12th in single-season program history. The single-season record is 18, which Matt Rueckert set in 1991, then repeated in 1992. With 19 steals for his career, Knight is tied for 11th in Mount history. The Mount has stolen 28 bases as a team, ranking 10th in all of Division I and first in the NEC.
QUARANTA NAMED SECOND TEAM ALL-NEC CATCHER: Mark Quaranta was named Second Team All-NEC honors at the catcher position in 2012 after leading the Mount with a .333 average this season. He added 30 runs scored, 12 doubles, four home runs and 34 RBI while having a .458 slugging percentage and a .405 on-base percentage for the year. For his career, Quaranta is a .323 hitter, tied for 10th all-time at the Mount. He is the first Mount catcher to earn All-NEC honors since Stephan Fay was Second Team All-NEC in 2006.
MORIARTY EARNS SECOND TEAM ALL-NEC HONORS AT UTILITY POSITION: Mo Moriarty was named Second Team All-NEC at the utility position in 2012. The junior split his time between right field, center field and the designated hitter spot this year, posting a .302 average with five doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI. Moriarty was the Mount's top hitter in NEC play, tallying a .312 average with a .442 slugging percentage and a .360 on-base mark.
UP NEXT: The Mount will have a week to prepare for a three-game homestand against Lehigh. The Mountaineers and Mountain Hawks will play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 16, with games at noon and 2:00 p.m. before playing a single game on Sunday, March 17, at 1:00 p.m.