February 22, 2014

Mount St. Mary's Scores Six in the Ninth to Down Davidson, 8-2

Davidson, N.C. (February 22, 2014)—Mount St. Mary's redshirt freshman Zach Hostetter cracked an RBI double with two outs in the top of the ninth to spark a six-run rally in an 8-2 win at Davidson on Saturday afternoon.  The Mount improves to 2-0 on the year, the first time Mount St. Mary's has opened the season with consecutive wins since a 3-0 start in 2006.

Hostetter has provided the big hit in each of his first two collegiate games for the Mount.  Yesterday in his first collegiate game, Hostetter's walk-off RBI single gave the Mount a 7-6 win in 12 innings over Lehigh in the season opener.

Today, with the score tied a 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning, Kory Britton laced a single up the middle with one out to start the rally.  After a strikeout, Britton moved to second on a wild pitch.  Hostetter then came through with a double to right field to plate Britton with the go-ahead run.

Pinch-hitter Tyler Post plated Hostetter on an RBI single to second base to give the Mountaineers an insurance run.  Post then came around to score after a Davidson error and a wild pitch on a strikeout to make it 5-2. Brandon Scott followed with a three-run homer to break the game wide open.

Davidson(1-1)  grabbed the early lead with a pair of runs off Mount starter Vincent Molesky.  Forrest Brandt led off the game with a triple, and scored on a David Daniels base hit.  After a walk and a wild pitch, Brian Fortier plated Daniels with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

From there, Molesky settled down, allowing four hits and two runs in six innings of work.  He struck out three while walking one.  The Mountaineers evened the score in the top of the fifth inning.  Andrew Clow singled, and came around to score on a Hostetter RBI double.  He moved to third on a groundout, and scored on Andrew Frazier's single to short.

Nick Riley pitched two scoreless innings of relief to pick up the victory.  Chad Diehl pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the win.  Hostetter finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles to lead the Mount offense. 

The Mount and Davidson play again tomorrow.  First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.