Mount Baseball Hosts Fairleigh Dickinson for Four-Game Series

Mount Baseball Hosts Fairleigh Dickinson for Four-Game Series

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-25, 2-14 NEC) vs. FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON (9-26, 4-16 NEC)
E.T. Straw Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
Friday, April 26, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 1:00 p.m. (DH)
Sunday, April 28, 2013, 1:00 p.m.

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MOUNT UPDATE:  Mount St. Mary's was swept in a four-game series at LIU Brooklyn this past weekend.  Mark Quaranta went 6-for-12 (.500) with a home run and five RBIs in the series while Nick Walker was 5-for-14 (.357) with a pair of runs scored.  Jay Knight had five steals in the four-game set, breaking the Mount's single-season record for steals in the opening game of Saturday's twinbill.  On the mound, Vincent Molesky had a 1.80 ERA with five strikeouts in five innings while Jordan Lawson had a 1.69 ERA in 5.1 innings.   

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UPDATE:  Fairleigh Dickinson posted a 1-0 win over Siena on Tuesday and enters the weekend with a 9-26 overall record and a 4-16 mark in the Northeast Conference.  The Knights have won four their past six games, including a split in last weekend's four-game series with Monmouth.  Kyle Weeks is the top hitter in the FDU lineup with a .311 average while Dylan Sprague is hitting .291.  Riley Moonan leads the team with 23 runs scored and four triples while posting a .290 average.  On the mound, Eric Snyder is the top reliever with a 5.40 ERA in 21.2 innings of work.  Craig Wagner (0-4, 7.11 ERA) is expected to start the opening game of the series.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES:  Mount St. Mary's holds a 42-29 lead in the all-time series with Fairleigh Dickinson since moving to NCAA Division I in 1989.  The Mountaineers are 22-10 against the Knights since 2004, and have won five of the past eight meetings over the past two seasons.  Last year, the Mount split the four-game series with the Knights at FDU. 

LAST YEAR'S SERIES:   Last year, the Mount and Fairleigh Dickinson split a four-game Northeast Conference series.  The Mount won the opening game, 7-4, and took the first game of the Saturday doubleheader by the score of 9-5.  FDU captured game two of the twinbill, 9-6, and earned a 4-1 win in the final game of the set.  Mo Moriarty hit .429 (6-for-14) with a home run and three RBIs to pace the Mount offense.  Michael Foster had seven RBIs in the series while Brandon Scott and Andrew Clow each hit .385 (5-for-13).  On the mound, Karl Lamont (1-0, 1.29 ERA) and Brady Feigle (1-0, 6.00 ERA) each picked up wins.  For the Knights, Jordan Ritz hit .500 (8-for-16) while Eric Anderson and Ryan Kresky each had a home run and five RBIs.

KNIGHT SETS STEAL RECORD:  Junior Jay Knight had five stolen bases in the Mount's four-game series at LIU Brooklyn, breaking the single-season record for steals in the process.  Knight has 21 steals on the season, breaking the school mark of 18 set by Matt Rueckert in 1991 and 1992.  Knight has moved into a tie for fifth place on the Mount's all-time steal list with 29 stolen bases.  Wayne Crowley (1997-00) holds the all-time steal record with 39.

QUARANTA MOVING UP HIT LIST:  Senior Mark Quaranta went 6-for-12 (.500) at the plate in the Mount's four-game series at LIU Brooklyn.  Quaranta is now hitting .292 this year with two home runs, 20 RBI and a .403 on-base percentage.  The senior now has 172 career hits, good for a tie for sixth place on the school's all-time hit list.  Jason Weszka (2001-04) is fifth with 191 hits.

POWER SURGE:  Sam Nott leads the Mountaineers with seven home runs and 30 RBIs this season.  Nott has hit two home runs in the same game twice this year, belting a pair of long balls against Monmouth on April 7 and 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. 

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 visits Wagner for a four-game Northeast Conference series on May 3-5.