Mount Baseball Splits with Wagner

Staten Island, N.Y. (May 4, 2013)--Mount St. Mary's split a Northeast Conference doubleheader at Wagner on Saturday, falling 8-7 in the opener before rounding with a 10-4 win in the second game.  Senior Tom Healy remained hot at the plate for the Mount, going 5-for-7 with two home runs and five runs scored in the two games.

In the opening game, Wagner rallied from a five-run deficit to clip the Mount, 8-7, with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Mount grabbed a two-run lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning.  Healy reached on an error, moved up on a sacrifice, and scored on a Mo Moriarty base hit.  Moriarty then scored on a pair of passed balls.

After Wagner got a run back in the bottom of the second, the Mount (10-29, 5-18 NEC) scored three times in the third to take a 5-1 lead.  Jay Knight singled, moved to third on a failed pickoff, and scored on Mark Quaranta's sacrifice fly.  Sam Nott then reached on an error, and Healy belted a two-run homer to give the Mount a four-run lead.

Mo Moriarty scored in the fourth when he walked, moved to second on a failed pickoff, stole third and then scored on an error.

Wagner scored four times in the bottom of the fifth to get back into the game.  Ian Miller started a streak of three consecutive run-scoring singles.  Chris Smith followed with a two-run base hit before Nick Dini's RBI single cut the Mount lead to 6-5.

Knight walked to open the fifth, stole both second and third base, and then scored on a Nott sacrifice fly to make the score 7-5.  Wagner's Shaun Flynn tripled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and he came around to score on a fielder's choice.

The Seahawks (22-24, 14-9) rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win.  Flynn doubled to open the inning, moved to third on a sacrifice, and then scored on Jayson Keel's RBI double.  Miller's RBI single to right field scored Keel with the game-winning run.

Knight went 2-for-3 with four steals and two runs scored while Healy finished 2-for-3 a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Mountaineers.

On the mound, Vincent Molesky started, allowing five runs in 3.1 innings of work.  Chad Diehl took the loss, allowing two runs in 2.1 innings.

The Mountaineers scored five runs in the fifth inning en route to a 10-4 victory in the nightcap.

Mount St. Mary's scored a pair of runs in the top of the first to take the lead.  Knight walked, moved to second on a failed pickoff, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on Nott's groundout.  Healy followed with a triple, and he came home on Nick Walker's base hit.

Wagner responded with a run in the first and two more in the third to take a 3-2 advantage.  The Mount, however, scored five times in the fifth inning to take a 7-3 advantage.

Nott provided the big blast, a three-run shot that gave the Mount a 5-3 lead.  Knight opened the inning with a single, and he then stole second base.  Mark Quaranta walked, and a double steal put runners on second and third for Nott, who belted his team-leading ninth home run of the year.  Healy followed with a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year.

Walker then singled, move to third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch to put the Mount lead a four.

Three more runs in the top of the sixth sealed the win for the Mount.  Andrew Clow and Jack Schwartz had RBI base hits in the inning.

Healy went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored in the win while Walker went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. 

On the mound, Scott Nickerson four runs (three earned) with seven strikeouts in six-plus innings of work to earn the win.

The teams complete the four-game series tomorrow with a 1:00 p.m. game.

GAME NOTES:  Knight stole six bases in the doubleheader, giving him 30 for the season...He now has 38 career steals, one shy of the Mount St. Mary's record of 39...Healy is 19-for-27 (.704) with four doubles, two triples, four home runs, 12 RBIs and 13 runs scored over the past seven games...He leads the Mount with a .414 average...Sam Nott now leads the Mount with nine home runs and 39 RBIs on the year.