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.
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.
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.