MOUNT ST. MARY'S 20-29 (14-11 NEC) vs BRYANT 29-20-1 (19-6 NEC)
Thursday, May 17
E.T. Straw Family Stadium
Thursday, May 17 – 11:00 AM & 2:30 PM
Friday, May 18 – 1:00 PM (Senior Day)
NORTHEAST CONFERENCE PLAYOFF PICTURE
Mount St. Mary's currently sits in the number three spot in the division playoff race. The Mount's magic number is one, but if Sacred Heart loses once in their final series against Wagner this weekend, the Mountaineers clinch a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The #13 Florida State Seminoles shut out Mount St. Mary's 22-0 on Sunday afternoon in the series finale. With the win, the Seminoles finished off the clean sweep over the Mountaineers. The Mount's only three hits of the game came off the bats of Vaughn Parker II, Pat Daly, and Thomas Savastio with three straight singles in the top of the fifth inning. Five Seminoles, Cole Sands, Will Zirzow, Shane Drohan, Tyler Ahearn, and Cobi Johnson, combined to throw a three hit shutout and struck out six batters. Noah Smith (1-1) received the loss for Mount St. Mary's and Cole Sands (7-2) picked up the win for Florida State. With the win, the Seminoles move to 37-16 this season and the Mountaineers move to 20-29 this season with the loss.
Batting Average (min 2 AB/GP): Alex Kriss (.320), Vaughn Parker II (.307), Patrick Causa (.301)
Hits: Kriss (57), Causa (52), Parker (50), Myles Nicholson (50)
Runs: Nicholson (36), Kriss (32), Causa (31)
RBI: Causa (43), Parker (36), Savastio (28)
ERA (min 5.0 IP): Michael Kuypers (3.82), Trey McGough (4.80), Jordan Geber (5.40)
Strikeouts: McGough (60), Jordan Geber (35), Michael Yetter (29)
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs had their game against UMass Lowell cancelled Tuesday due to rain. In the last game that Bryant played, junior Nick Angelini hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Bryant University baseball team a scintillating 3-2 victory on Sunday afternoon against Wagner College. Angelini's home run not only gave the Black and Gold the victory on Sunday, it won the series against the Seahawks. Bryant now leads Wagner by one game heading into the final three games of the regular season next weekend. Bryant fought out of a 2-0 hole on Sunday, tying the game on a solo home run from freshman Sam Owens (Scituate, R.I.) in the seventh. Junior Craig Lacey (Westfield, Mass.) earned his second victory of the weekend and his fifth of the season as he tossed the final 1 2/3 innings.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH BRYANT
Mount St. Mary's and Bryant have met 35 times in series history with the Bulldogs holding a 32-3 advantage. Bryant holds a 14-2 advantage in Emmitsburg and has won the previous three meetings at E.T. Straw Family Stadium. The Bulldogs and the Mountaineers met earlier this year at Bryant for a three game series where the Bulldogs took the series two games to one.
If the Mount clinch a spot in the playoffs this weekend, they will travel to Norwich, Connecticut for the first round of the Northeast Conference Baseball Championship on Thursday, May 24.