MOUNT ST. MARY'S (6-16, 2-6 NEC) vs. MONMOUTH (12-11, 5-3 NEC)
E.T. Straw Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
Friday, April 5, 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 6, 1:00 pm (DH)
Sunday, April 7, 1:00 pm
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount opened Northeast Conference play by dropping all four games at Bryant this past weekend. The Mount offense was held in check by the Bulldogs, scoring six runs in the four games while posting a .186 average. Jay Knight hit .375 (6-for-16) over the weekend while Tom Healy hit .364 (4-for-11) with a home run. On the mound, the Mount allowed 26 runs, finishing with a 6.43 ERA. For the season, Healy leads the Mountaineers with a .359 average and a .423 on-base percentage. Andrew Clow is the only other regular hitting over .300 with a .311 average. Sam Nott paces the squad with five home runs and 19 RBI. On the mound, Alain Girman is the top pitcher with a 3.26 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 19.1 innings of work.
MONMOUTH UPDATE: Monmouth won three of four games against Central Connecticut State last weekend to move into a three-way tie for second place in the Northeast Conference standings. Pitcher Andrew McGee tossed a four-hit shutout in the opening game of the CCSU series, marking his second consecutive shutout. McGee, who has not allowed a run in 22 consecutive innings, has been named the NEC Pitcher of the Week in each of the past three weeks. He is 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA this year. Owen Stewart paces the Monmouth offense with a .382 average and 10 RBI while Steve Wilgus and Jake Gronsky each are hitting .313 with 10 RBI. Monmouth is hitting .260 as a team while the pitching staff has compiled a 3.88 ERA this year.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Monmouth holds a 61-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1990. The Hawks have won the past five meetings, and are 12-2 against the Mount since 2009. Mount St. Mary's is 6-30 all-time at home against Monmouth. Last year, Monmouth swept a pair of doubleheaders against the Mount, winning the four games by a combined five runs.
LAST YEAR'S SERIES: Monmouth swept last year's series, winning a pair of doubleheaders. The Hawks earned 4-3 and 2-0 win in the opening twinbill before capturing 5-4 and 2-1 victories on the second day. Nick Walker hit .500 (5-for-10) with four doubles and two RBI for the Mount in the series while Josh Winter hit .429 (6-for-14) with a home run and three RBI. Chris Perret hit .417 (5-for-12) while Jon Guide hit .385 (5-for-13) to pace the Hawks offense. Danny Avella hit a pair of home runs while driving in five in the series. Andrew McGee tossed a two-hit shutout in the second game of the series.
HEALY PACING THE OFFENSE: Tom Healy has been the Mount's top hitter so far this year, leading the squad with a .363 average while adding five doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI. Healy opened the year with a 12-game hit streak, and he has had at least one hit in 18 of his 21 games played.
ON THE BASEPATHS: Jay Knight leads the Mount with 14 steals this year. The 14 steals are tied for the fourth-best single-season mark since the move to NCAA Division I in 1989. Matt Rueckert holds the single-season record with 18 steals in both the 1991 and 1992 seasons. Ivor Hodgson stole 15 bases for the Mountaineers in 2007. Knight's 22 career steals are good for eighth on the Mount's all-time steal list, one behind teammate Nick Walker (23). Wayne Crowley holds the school's all-time record with 39 steals from 1997-200.
NOTT RACKING UP THE RBIs: Senior Sam Nott leads the Mount and the Northeast Conference with 23 runs batted in this season. Nott has five multiple-RBI games this year, including four in the Mount's 10-5 win over Iona. He has recorded an RBI in each of the past four contests, and in 15 of his 22 games played this year. He is hitting .263 on the year with a .500 slugging percentage and a .404 on-base percentage.
QUARANTA MOVING UP HIT LIST: Senior Mark Quaranta has moved into eighth place on the Mount's all-time hit list with 162 for his career. The next two spots on the list ahead of Quaranta are Josh Winter (171, 2009-12) and Joe Kotula (172, 2003-06). Quaranta has a .280 average with four doubles and 13 RBI this year.
GRABER NOTCHES SHUTOUT: Sophomore Connor Graber tossed a three-hit shutout in the Mount's 2-0 victory over Quinnipiac in the second game of the Saturday doubleheader. Graber retired the final 11 batters of the game, including striking out the side in the top of the seventh inning. He finished with nine strikeouts in the contest. It is the first shutout by a Mount pitcher since Kent Worthington in a 4-0 victory over LIU Brooklyn on May 1, 2010. The last time the Mount blanked an opponent was when Ben Smallenbroek and Dan Horner combined for a shutout in the Mount's 6-0 win over UMES on March 13 last year.
UP NEXT: The Mount hosts Towson on April 10 before having a bye weekend in Northeast Conference play.