Emmitsburg, Md. (April 28, 2013)--Mount St. Mary's let an early five-run lead slip away in a 10-7 loss in 10 innings to visiting Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday afternoon. Tom Healy went 4-for-5 with two home runs for the Mountaineers in the loss.
The Mount (9-27, 4-16 NEC) scored five times in the bottom of the second inning to take the early lead. Healy started the rally with an opposite field two-run homer to left field. Andrew Clow reached on an error and Zach Smith was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. The Mount then put on the double steal, and Clow scored when the catcher's throw went into left field.
Brandon Scott followed with a perfect bunt single on a suicide squeeze to push the advantage to 4-0. Scott stole second base, and came around to score on Nick Walker's two-out RBI single to center field.
Mount starter Kevin Myers kept Fairleigh Dickinson (11-28, 6-18 NEC) off the scoreboard through four innings of play. The Knights got a pair of runs in the top of the fifth on a Jordan Ritz two-run double to left-center field.
FDU added a run in the seventh on a Kyle Moonan single through the right side. The Knights took the lead with three runs in the top of the eighth inning. Eric Anderson doubled to open the frame, and moved to third on a groundout. With two outs, John Giakas singled home Anderson to cut the deficit to 5-4. Ryan MacDonald was hit by a pitch, and reliever Michael Locondro was summoned by head coach Scott Thomson. Ritz greeted him with a two-run triple that was just inside the right-field line to put FDU ahead, 6-5.
Mount St. Mary's evened the score in the bottom of the inning when Healy singled up the middle with one out, and then scored from first on Tommy Quealy's two-out double to left center field.
Locondro pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, and the Mount looked like it would take advantage by loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning. Scott walked to open the inning, and Jay Knight followed with a bunt single to put runners on first and second with no outs. Nick Walker laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Mark Quaranta was intentionally walked to load the bases. Sam Nott followed by lacing a line drive to second base that ended the inning when Quaranta was doubled off first base.
FDU scored four times in the top of the 10th to earn the win. With one out, Joel Roman doubled to left center field, and Giakas followed with an RBI single to right to plate Roman with the go-ahead run. After a walk, the Mount got a ground out that left runners on second and third with two outs. An error on the next play allowed both runs to score, giving FDU a four-run lead.
Healy led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run to center field to round out the scoring.
Healy went 4-for-5 with two home runs, three runs scored and three RBIs in the loss. He finished the series a sizzling 13-for-16 (.813) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, eight RBIs and eight runs scored, and is now hitting a robust .402 on the year.
Walker and Quealy each had two hits in the loss. Myers allowed two earned runs with three strikeouts in five-plus innings of work in his first collegiate start. Alain Girman allowed four runs with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings of relief. Locondro took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) in 1.2 innings of work out of the bullpen.
Ritz went 4-for-5 with three doubles, a triple and four RBIs for the Knights in the win. Moonan added three hits and three RBIs while Giakas was 3-for-5 with three runs scored for FDU. Starter Logan Frati allowed six runs (three earned) in 7.2 innings while Eric Snyder picked up the win by allowing one run in 2.1 innings of relief.
The Mount returns to action next Friday with a 3:00 p.m. game at Wagner.