New Britain, CT. (May 5, 2018) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team split the twinbill with Central Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon. Late rally lifted the Blue Devils over the Mount 9-4 in the first game of the doubleheader but three late runs pushed the Mountaineers past Central Connecticut 6-3 in the second game of the doubleheader. The Mount leads the series two games to one with one game remaining.
Game 1: Central Connecticut 9, Mount 4
Myles Nicholson, Vaughn Parker II, Thomas Savastio, and Brendan Dabagian recorded a multi-hit game to lead the Mountaineer offense. Nicholson and Parker led the Mount in game 1 with two hits, one double, and one run scored each. Dabagian chipped in by going 2 for 3 with one run batted in for Mount St. Mary's.
After two straight singles to lead off the bottom of the first inning, the Blue Devils pushed the first run of the game on the board. Garland grounded into a double play but Lockery came running in to score on the play.
The Mount took the lead in the top of the second by plating three runs that made it a 3-1 game. Vaughn Parker II hit a leadoff double down the left field line and was brought home off of a RBI single to right field from Andrew Malone. Two batters later, Brendan Dabagian single on a bunt to the pitcher that plated Thomas Savastio on the play for the Mountaineer's second run of the game. Malone scored later in the inning off of a fielder's choice ground ball off the bat of Jared Urban for the third run of the inning.
Central Connecticut State answered with eight straight runs over the next four innings to take a commanding 9-3 lead. The Blue Devils runs were highlighted by four singles and a double.
Mount St. Mary's added one run in the top of the seventh inning when Patrick Causa hit a sacrifice fly to left field that brought Nicholson home to cross the plate.
Michael Yetter (2-3) received the loss for Mount St. Mary's while Andrew Braun (3-2) recorded the win for Central Connecticut State while Jared Gallagher (3) picked up the save.
Game 2: Mount 6, Central Connecticut 3
The Mountaineers five hits came from Alex Kriss, Jared Urban, Vaughn Parker II, Thomas Savastio, and Pat Daly. Savastio led the Mount offense in the second game going 1 for 3 with three runs batted in. Brenden Kennedy pitched a complete game and only allowed three runs while he struck out three batters for Mount St. Mary's.
The Mount got on the board first by plating one run in the top of the first inning. With one out, Alex Kriss tripled to left field and was brought home later in the inning off of a RBI single off the bat of Vaughn Parker II. The Mountaineers added two more runs in the top of the third to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Thomas Savastio hit a sacrifice fly to center field that plated Urban for the first run and Pat Daly hit another sacrifice fly to center field that brought Patrick Causa in to score.
Central scored three unanswered runs, two in the third and one in the sixth to tie the game at three runs apiece. The Blue Devils runs were scored off of two groundouts by Lockery and DeBrosse in the bottom of the third. Stephens hit a sacrifice fly to center field that brought Garland in to cross the plate and tie the game.
In the top of the seventh, Mount St. Mary's drove in three runs to take a 6-3 lead and Brenden Kennedy shut down the Blue Devils in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win. Myles Nicholson worked a walk to lead off the top of the seventh and advanced to second after Jared Urban singled to right field. Savastio came up to bat later in the inning with the bases loaded and hit a single to center field that plated Nicholson and Urban. Later in the inning, still with the bases loaded, Randall Minogue worked a walk that brought Parker in to cross the plate.
Brenden Kennedy (4-2) picked up the win for the Mount and Andrew Braun (3-3) recorded the loss for the Blue Devils. Mount St. Mary's moves to 19-25 with a mark of 13-11 in NEC play and Central Connecticut moves to 15-25 with a 9-15 mark in NEC play.
These two teams finish up the four game series tomorrow, May 6th with a game at 1 PM.