Brooklyn, N.Y. (April 20, 2013)—Mount St. Mary's was swept by LIU Brooklyn in a Northeast Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at LIU Field. The Mount was edged, 2-1, in the opening game before falling by the score of 8-3 in the nightcap.
In the opening game, LIU Brooklyn rallied for a 2-1 victory with single runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings.
For the first four innings, the Mount's Jordan Lawson and LIU's Jordan Wilcox kept the offense at bay. The Mountaineers (7-24, 2-13 NEC) finally broke through in the top of the fifth inning. Brandon Scott led the frame off with a single to right field. Jay Knight moved Scott to second with a sacrifice bunt, and Quaranta singled to right field to bring Scott home with the first run of the game.
The Mount held the 1-0 lead until LIU was able to tie the score with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. John Ziznewski doubled off of Lawson to open the inning. He moved to third on a Kevin Needham groundout, and Mount head coach Scott Thomson summoned Vince Molesky from the bullpen. LIU, however, was able to bring Ziznewski home when Mike Garcia hit a sacrifice fly to center field.
Wilcox retired the Mount in order in the top of the seventh, and the Blackbirds (13-22, 9-6 NEC) tallied an unearned run in the bottom of the inning to secure the win. Jesse Brown singled to center, but was retired on a force out. Tommy Jakobkowski then stole second base, and came around to score on a Mount error.
Quaranta went 3-for-3 for the Mount in the opening game while Tom Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate. Lawson allowed one run and four hits in 5.1 innings. Molesky took the loss, allowing an unearned run in one inning of relief. Jay Knight had a stolen base for the Mount in the game, giving him 19 for the season, breaking the Mount's single-season record.
Needham and Brown each had two hits for LIU in the win while Wilcox struck out seven while allowing one run and nine hits in the complete-game victory.
The Mountaineers took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning of game two. Andrew Clow singled, moved to second, and stole third base. Knight then walked to put runners on the corners with two outs, and Quaranta doubled both runners home to push the Mount to the two-run lead.
LIU, however, answered with two runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings to take a 4-2 lead. In the third, the Blackbirds scored on a squeeze bunt and a wild pitch to even the score. In the fourth, Garcia belted a two-run homer to left-center field to put LIU in the lead.
The Mount rallied in the top of the sixth when Knight walked and Quaranta doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs. Sam Nott's grounder to short brought home Knight to cut the deficit to 4-3. LIU was able to keep the tying run from scoring with a strikeout and fly out to end the inning.
The Blackbirds then sealed the win by scoring four times in the bottom of the sixth. Kyle DeMarco's RBI double gave LIU a 5-3 lead, and Pete Leonello stretched the lead to 8-3 when he hit a bases-clearing double with two outs.
Quaranta went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs to pace the Mount in the second game. Quaranta was 5-for-6 at the plate in the doubleheader. Knight added a pair of runs in the loss. Starting pitcher Connor Graber allowed four runs (three earned) in 4.1 innings to take the loss. Michael Locondro allowed three runs in 1.1 innings of relief.
Leonello went 2-for-3 with four RBIs for the Blackbirds in the win. Needham allowed three runs with five strikeouts in six innings to pick up the victory. Evan Zerff closed out the win with a scoreless seventh to earn the save.
The teams complete the four-game series tomorrow with a 1:00 p.m. game.