Emmitsburg, Md. (May 17, 2018) - Mount St. Mary's clinched a spot in the 2018 Northeast (NEC) Conference Tournament in doubleheader spilt with Bryant on Thursday afternoon. This marks the first time the Mount will be in the NEC tournament since 2008, when they won the tournament from the number four spot. The Bulldogs shut the Mountaineers out 10-0 in the first game but Mount St. Mary's got retribution by edging Bryant 5-3 in the second game.
Game 1: Bryant 10, Mount St. Mary's 0
Myles Nicholson, Alex Kriss, and Randall Minogue recorded the only three hits of the game for the Mount in the loss. Sophomore Trey McGough started the game for the Mountaineers and pitched a solid 5.0 innings while only giving up one earned run on five hits.
Bryant jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after four innings of play but the Bulldogs ran away with the game after they added one run in the seventh inning, one run in the eighth inning, and six more runs in the ninth inning. Ryan Ward continued his hot season with a single that brought Mickey Gasper for the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. In the top of the fourth inning, Chris Wright singled down the right field line that plated James Ciliento for the Bulldogs second run. The rest of the Bryant runs were highlighted by a two RBI single off the bat of Chris Wright and a three run homerun from Mickey Gasper in the top of the ninth.
Trey McGough (4-6) picked up the loss for the Mount and Steve Theetge (5-7) received the win for the Bulldogs while Craig Lacey (2) earned his second save of the year.
Game 2: Mount St. Mary's 5, Bryant 3
The infield duo of Alex Kriss and Patrick Causa led the Mount offense in the second game. Causa and Kriss each had a multi-hit game while they combined for two of Mount St. Mary's four runs batted in. Thomas Savastio and Zack Costello recorded the other two RBI in the win for the Mountaineers. Freshman Brenden Kennedy pitched 6.0 innings while only giving up one run on four hits for the Mount in the no decision. Michael Kuypers pitched 3.0 innings in relief while also only allowing one run on four hits that earned him the win. This win for Mount St. Mary's marks the second win of the season against Bryant and just the fourth win in the overall series with the Bulldogs.
After four scoreless innings, Bryant pushed the first run of the game on the board in the top of the fifth off of a solo homerun to right center from Bryan Hart.
The Mount climbed back and grabbed the 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Vaughn Parker II led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second base on the single from Pat Daly. Senior Mitch Sgrignoli pinch ran for Parker and advanced to third base on the sacrifice bunt from Thomas Savastio. With one out, Sgrignoli stormed home off of a wild pitch for the first run of the game for the Mountaineers. The next batter, Zack Costello laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt that brought Daly home to cross the plate for the second run of the inning.
The Bulldogs tied the game at two runs apiece in the top of the seventh off of a RBI single to left field from Bryan Hart that plated Malik Daley.
Mount St. Mary's added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to give them a 4-2 advantage after seven innings of play. Patrick Causa hit a RBI single to left field that scored A.J. Narcise on the play and later in the inning, Thomas Savastio hit a RBI single through the right side of the infield that plated Causa.
Bryant picked up one run in the eighth inning but that was all the runs the Bulldogs could muster up as Michael Kuypers shut them down in the ninth inning. After two straight singles to lead off the top of the eighth, Ryan Ward hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Chris Wright.
Michael Kuypers (4-1) received the win for the Mountaineers and Nathan Wrighter (1-4) picked up the loss for Bryant. With the spilt, the Mount moves to 21-30 on the season with a 15-12 mark in NEC play and the Bulldogs move to 30-21-1 on the season with a NEC mark of 20-7.
Mount St. Mary's and Bryant will play the final game of the series tomorrow, May 18 at 1 PM for Senior Day.