Brooklyn, N.Y. (April 19, 2013)--Mount St. Mary's opened a four-game series at LIU Brooklyn with a 10-3 loss on Friday. Outfielder Jay Knight had a pair of steals in the loss to tie the Mount's single-season record of 18.
Knight's speed helped the Mount (7-22, 2-11 NEC) to an early 1-0 lead. The junior opened the game with a single to right field, and then stole second. Mark Quaranta walked with one out to put runners on first and second, and the Mount had a double steal to put both runners in scoring position.
Knight's second stolen base of the inning gives him 18 on the year, matching Matt Ruecker's single-season record set in both 1991 and 1992. Sam Nott then lofted a sacrifice fly to bring home Knight the game's first run.
The Blackbirds (11-22, 7-6 NEC) answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout and a passed ball.
LIU then added a single run in the third and broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning. Tommy Jakubowski had the big hit in the fourth, a two-run double that made the score 6-1.
Zane Bard's RBI single in the top of the fifth got a run back for the Mount, but LIU answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame and one more in the sixth to push the lead to 10-2.
Nott's second RBI of the game in the eighth rounded out the scoring.
Tommy Quealy went 2-for-3 for the Mount in the loss while Nott had a pair of RBIs, giving him a team-leading 29 on the year.
LIU starter Justin Topa tossed a complete game, striking out six.
The teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 1:00 p.m.