MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-21, 2-10 NEC) at LIU BROOKLYN (10-22, 6-6 NEC)
LIU Field, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Friday, April 19, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 1:00 p.m. (DH)
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount snapped a six-game losing streak with a 2-1 win at Maryland on Wednesday night. Eleven pitchers combined to hold Maryland to one run on seven hits in the game. Andrew Clow's two-out, two-strike single to left field plated Tom Healy with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning. Buddy Fields got the save, getting a strikeout and a groundout with the bases loaded in the ninth to preserve the win. Healy leads the Mount with a .341 average this year while Jay Knight is hitting .295 with a team-high 16 steals.
LIU BROOKLYN UPDATE: LIU Brooklyn enters the weekend with a 10-22 overall record and a 6-6 mark in the Northeast Conference. The Blackbirds lost to Rider, 9-4, on Wednesday, but won three of four against Fairleigh Dickinson last weekend to move to .500 in league play. John Ziznewski leads the team with a .372 average and 27 runs scored while Kevin Needham has a .330 average with a team-high 21 RBIs. On the mound, Justin Topa is the top starter, posting a 4-4 record with a 3.86 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 53.2 innings of work.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: The Mount is 24-46 against LIU Brooklyn since moving to NCAA Division I in 1989. The Mount won the final two meetings of last year's four-game series, snapping a seven-game losing streak against LIU. The Mount has lost seven of its last eight games against LIU on the road.
LAST YEAR'S SERIES: The teams split a four-game series at E.T. Straw Family Stadium last year. LIU won the opener, 11-3, before taking a 3-2 victory in the opening game of the Saturday doubleheader. The Mount earned a 5-1 win in the nightcap on Saturday, and closed the series with a 9-5 win on Sunday. Jack Schwartz hit .444 with two doubles and four RBI for the Mount while Sam Nott had a .417 average and three RBI. Mark Quaranta was 4-for-11 (.364) in the series with a home run and five RBI. On the mound, Scott Nickerson went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in five innings while Nick Riley was 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in 6.2 innings of relief.
POWER SURGE: Senior Sam Nott hit a pair of home runs in the Mount's loss to Monmouth April 7, giving him a team-high seven on the year. It is the second time this season that Nott has had two home runs in a game. He belted a pair of long balls in the 10-5 win over Iona on February 16. He is the first Mount player to have two games with two or more home runs in the same season since Josh Vittek accomplished the feat three times en route to a school-record 20 home runs in 2008. The last Mount player to have two home runs in a game was Shane Eyler against Quinnipiac on April 5, 2009. Nott is hitting .242 this year while leading the team with seven home runs and 27 RBI.
ON THE BASEPATHS: Jay Knight leads the Mount with 16 steals this year. The 16 steals are the third-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 24 career steals are seventh on the Mount's all-time list, one ahead of teammate Nick Walker. Wayne Crowley holds the school's all-time record with 39 steals from 1997-200.
QUARANTA MOVING UP HIT LIST: Senior Mark Quaranta has moved into eighth place on the Mount's all-time hit list with 166 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 .266 average with four doubles and 15 RBI this year.
GRABER NOTCHES SHUTOUT: Sophomore Connor Graber tossed a three-hit shutout in the Mount's 2-0 victory over Quinnipiac on April 1st. 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 plays at Penn State on Wednesday, April 24, before hosting Fairleigh Dickinson for a four-game series April 26-28.