Emmitsburg, Md. (April 29, 2018) - Mount St. Mary's offense overpowers Sacred Heart in both games of the doubleheader on Sunday to finish off the series sweep. Freshman Andrew Malone hit a walk off double down the right field line in the bottom of the eighth inning that brought Patrick Causa home to score the game winning run in the 6-5 win in the first game. The Mountaineers topped the Pioneers 8-5 in the second game led by the offense's 12 hits.
Game 1: Mount 7, Sacred Heart 6 (8 innings)
Myles Nicholson and Thomas Savastio recorded two hits each for Mount St. Mary's and Savastio led the team with three runs batted in. Jared Urban hit his second homerun of the year in the win for the Mountaineers. Noah Smith pitched 4.2 innings in relief while only allowing one run on four hits and struck out two batters and freshman Brendan Kennedy threw two shutout innings while not giving up a hit and struck out one batter.
Sacred Heart jumped out to an early 4-0 lead by scoring one run in the first and three runs in the second. After the Pioneers plated two runs off of bases loaded walks, Dan Schock brought the third run home off of a fielder's choice ground ball to second in the bottom of the second inning. Kyle Oliver drove the fourth run in off of a double to right field that plated Jake Frasca.
The Mountaineers climbed back into the game and went up one run after scoring five unanswered runs, one in the bottom of the second and four in the bottom of the third. Randall Minogue came flying around the bases to score the first run of the game for the Mount after Savastio reached base on a throwing error by the second baseman but was thrown out at first by the catcher backing up the throw. Urban led off the bottom of the third with a solo homerun to right field to pull Mount St. Mary's closer. Minogue brought Causa in to cross the plate off of a single up the middle with two outs and scored off of a two RBI double to left center field off of the bat of Savastio.
The Pioneers evened the game at five runs apiece in the top of the fourth inning when P.J. DeFillippo hit a single to center field that plated Schock.
After three shutout innings by both teams, the game headed into extra innings. Causa led off the bottom of the eighth with a single up the middle and advanced to second off of a fielding error by the second baseman during the next at bat. With one out, Andrew Malone scorched the ball down the right field line that brought Causa racing home to score the winning run.
Brenden Kennedy (3-2) picked up the win for the Mount and Cooper Thompson (3-4) received the loss for Sacred Heart.
Game 2: Mount 8, Sacred Heart 5
Myles Nicholson, Andrew Malone, and Zack Costello each had multi-hit games in the win for the Mountaineers. Pat Daly and Alex Kriss recorded two RBI each to lead the Mount offense and Daly hit his first homerun of the year. Brenden Kennedy picked up the save after pitching 1.1 innings while allowing no hits after receiving the win in the first game. Michael Collins started and pitched five innings while giving up just three earned runs.
The Mount scored two runs each in the first three innings and added one more run in the bottom of the fourth to take an early seven run lead. Myles Nicholson tripled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and was plated later on a single through the left side off the bat of Patrick Causa for the first run of the game. Causa scored the second run after getting to third and then came running home on a wild pitch.
In the second inning, Urban hit a single to left field that plated Andrew Malone for the first run of the inning. Zack Costello scored the second run of the inning when Alex Kriss reached base on a fielder's choice after beating the throw to first out. In the next inning, Pat Daly smacked a two run homerun over the right field wall to put the Mountaineers up 6-0. Kriss doubled and brought home Nicholson in the bottom of the fourth.
Sacred Heart started to claw back in the top of the fifth after plating three runs on two singles by Jake Frasca and Kyle Oliver. The Pioneers added another run in the top of the seventh off a wild pitch to cut the deficit to just three runs.
Brendan Dabagian scored in the bottom of the seventh off of a failed pickoff attempt to first to answer Sacred Heart's run in the top half of the inning.
The Pioneers added one more run in the top of the eighth inning but Brenden Kennedy came in and shut them down to secure the series sweep for Mount St. Mary's. The Mountaineers currently sit in fourth place in the division after winning six in a row and seven of the last eight.
Michael Collins (3-6) received the win for Mount St. Mary's and Ryan LaMay (0-2) recorded the loss for Sacred Heart while Brenden Kennedy (1) picked up the save. With the wins, the Mount moves to 17-23 with a 11-10 mark in Northeast Conference (NEC) play and with the losses, the Pioneers drop to 10-28 with a NEC mark of 5-12.
The Mountaineers travel to Georgetown for mid-week action on Tuesday, May 1 under the lights at 7 PM.