Staten Island, N.Y. (May 3, 2013)—Mount St. Mary's fell to Wagner, 8-4, in the opening game of a four-game Northeast Conference series on Friday afternoon. Jay Knight went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored to pace the Mount in the game.
The Mount (9-28, 4-17 NEC) took the early lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Knight led off the game with a bunt single, moved to third on a Mark Quaranta base hit, and scored on Tom Healy's sacrifice fly.
Mount St. Mary's maintained the lead until Wagner (21-23, 13-8 NEC) evened the score with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Nick Dini led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice, and scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Seahawks broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning. Ian Miller's RBI double gave Wagner a 2-1 advantage. Dini added a two-run double to stretch the lead to 4-1, Chase Gray's RBI double scored Dini, and Shaun Flynn's RBI single stretched the lead to 6-1.
A Miller RBI single and a Chris Smith sacrifice fly in the sixth gave Wagner a seven-run lead before the Mount was able to cut into the deficit with a three-run seventh. Brandon Scott and Knight singled while Nick Walker walked to load the bases. Quaranta walked with the bases loaded to force home Scott with the first run. Sam Nott followed with a double to cut the Wagner lead to 8-4. Wagner starter Ryan Casey was able to escape further damage in the inning, and the Mount was unable to break through again on the scoreboard.
Knight's three hits paced the Mount offense in the loss while Nott and Scott each had two hits in the game.
The Mount used eight different pitchers in the game. Jordan Lawson, Nick Riley and Chad Diehl each pitched a scoreless inning to open the game. Buddy Fields allowed one run in one inning of work. Michael Locondro took the loss, allowing five runs in 0.1 innings. Austin Bonadio allowed two runs in an inning of relief before Alain Girman (1.2 IP, 0 runs) and Chris Del Vecchio (1 IP, 0 runs) closed out the game.
Casey earned the win for Wagner, allowing four runs in seven innings of work. Miller went 3-for-5 to lead Wagner at the plate while Dini was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
The teams will continue the series tomorrow with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader.