Mount St. Mary's Baseball Opens Northeast Conference Play with Four-Game Series at Bryant This Weekend

Mount St. Mary's Baseball Opens Northeast Conference Play with Four-Game Series at Bryant This Weekend

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-10, 0-0) at BRYANT (5-9-1, 0-0 NEC)
Conaty Park, Smithfield, R.I.
Friday, March 22, 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 23, 1:00 pm (DH)
Sunday, March 24, 1:00 pm

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MOUNT UPDATE:  The Mount split a home series with Lehigh, posting a 9-8 victory in 10 innings on Friday before falling 10-9 in 12 innings on Saturday.  Jay Knight went 4-for-11 (.364) with three runs scored and a pair of steals in the series while Zane Bard was 2-for-6 (.333) with four runs scored.  Scott Nickerson had the decision in relief in both games, going 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 4.1 innings against Lehigh.  Tom Healy leads the Mountaineers with a .358 average this season with five doubles and 10 RBI.  Sam Nott is hitting .294 with five home runs and 19 RBI while Andrew Clow is hitting .354.  On the mound, freshman Alain Girman is 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 16.1 innings of work.  Nickerson is 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 16.0 innings.

BRYANT UPDATE:  Bryant is 5-9-1 on the season after dropping two of three games at Ohio State last weekend.  Kevin Brown leads the offense with a .316 average, four doubles and five RBI while Jordan Mountford is hitting .283 with four doubles and five runs scored.  John Mullen leads the team with five doubles and nine RBI to go with a .224 average.  On the mound, Joseph Michaud is 0-2 with a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 innings of work while Peter Kelich is 1-2 with a 2.78 ERA in 22.2 innings.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES:  Bryant holds a 10-2 lead in the all-time series with the Mount that began in 2010.  The Mount won the first two meetings in 2010, but Bryant has won the past 10 matchups between the two schools.  Last year, the Bulldogs posted a four-game sweep at the Mount, sweeping a pair of doubleheaders.  The Mount has scored just 22 runs against Bryant over the past 10 games.

LAST YEAR'S SERIES:  Bryant swept a four-game series at the Mount last year, winning a pair of doubleheaders.  Mark Quaranta went 5-for-15 (.333) at the plate to pace the Mount offense, which was held to a .206 average and 13 runs in the four-game set.  Mike Delponte went 10-for-16 (.625) with three home runs and eight RBI for the Bulldogs while Kevin Brown was 8-for-19 (.421) with four home runs and eight RBI in the series.  

NEC OPENERS:  The Mount begins its 24th season in the Northeast Conference with its four-game series at Bryant.  The Mountaineers have lost their past three NEC openers and are 6-17 all-time in the opening game of NEC play.  The Mount was swept by Bryant in last year's opening series, but the Mount has posted a .500 or better record in the NEC opening series in six of the past seven seasons.

ON THE BASEPATHS:  Jay Knight leads the Mount and is 12th in the nation with 13 steals this season.  He is fifth in the country in steals per game (0.93) and his 21 career steals are tied for eighth all-time at the Mount.  Knight is tied for seventh on the Mount's single-season list with 13 steals.  Among those with 13 steals in a season is current Mount St. Mary's men's basketball coach Jamion Christian, who had 13 stolen bases in 2002.  The school single-season record is 18 stolen bases by Matt Rueckert in both 1991 and 1992.

POWER SURGE:  Senior first baseman Sam Nott leads the Mount with five home runs and 19 RBI so far this season. Nott is ninth in the nation with 0.36 home runs per game and 18th with 1.36 RBI per game.  Nott is hitting .294 on the year, and leads the team in slugging percentage (.627), on-base percentage (.438) and OPS (1.065).

QUARANTA MOVING UP HIT LIST:  Senior Mark Quaranta has moved into 10th place on the Mount's all-time hit list with 158 career hits.  He needs four hits to move past Matt Eiden (161) and Dennis Jenks (159) for eighth on the career hit list.  Quaranta is 12th all-time with a career .320 average, 14th with 31 doubles and 13th with 59 walks.  This season, Quaranta is hitting .304 with four doubles, 12 runs scored and 13 RBI while starting all 14 contests.  

UP NEXT:  The Mount hosts Quinnipiac for a four-game NEC series next week beginning with a nine-inning game on Thursday, March 28.