Mount Baseball to Face Maryland on Wednesday

Mount Baseball to Face Maryland on Wednesday

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (6-21) at MARYLAND (19-17)
Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium, College Park, Md.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 6:30 p.m.


MOUNT UPDATE:  Mount St. Mary's lost to Towson, 12-7, last Wednesday to fall to 6-21 on the season.  Nick Walker went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles in the loss.  Tom Healy leads the Mount with a .341 average this year while Jay Knight is hitting .294 with a team-high 16 stolen bases.  Sam Nott is the top power threat in the lineup, leading the club with seven home runs and 27 RBI.  On the mound, freshman Alain Girman leads the team with 29 strikeouts while posting a 5.62 ERA in 24.0 innings of work. 

MARYLAND UPDATE:  Maryland enters Tuesday's game against VCU with a 19-17 record.  The Terrapins defeated Miami, 7-2, in the final game of a three-game series on Sunday.  Jake Stinnett struck out six while allowing one run and three hits in six innings to pick up the victory.  Charlie White leads the Maryland offense, hitting .350 with 30 runs scored and 33 stolen bases.  Kyle Convissar is hitting .320 with a team-high 34 RBI while Kevin Martir has a .312 average.  On the mound, Maryland has a team ERA of 3.61, led by Jimmy Reed, who is 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA in nine starts.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES:  The Mount is 1-10 all-time against Maryland since moving to NCAA Division I in 1989.  The Mount has lost the past four matchups, including a 13-2 loss on April 14, 2009, in the last game between the two schools.  The Mount's lone win over the Terrapins was a 9-2 victory on April 17, 2001.  The Mount is 1-7 all-time on the road against Maryland.

LAST  MEETING:  Maryland took a 6-0 lead after two innings and cruised to a 13-2 win over the Mount on April 17, 2009.  Shane Eyler had a pair of hits for the Mount in the loss.  Maryland's Matthew Murakami, Mike Murphy and A.J. Casario each had three hits in the win.  Matt Fullerton allowed two runs in five innings to pick up the victory.

POWER SURGE:  Senior Sam Nott hit a pair of home runs in the Mount's loss to Monmouth April 7, giving him a team-high seven on the year.  It is the second time this season that Nott has had two home runs in a game.  He belted a pair of long balls in the 10-5 win over Iona on February 16.  He is the first Mount player to have two games with two or more home runs in the same season since Josh Vittek accomplished the feat three times en route to a school-record 20 home runs in 2008.  The last Mount player to have two home runs in a game was Shane Eyler against Quinnipiac on April 5, 2009.  Nott is hitting .253 this year while leading the team with seven home runs and 27 RBI.

ON THE BASEPATHS:  Jay Knight leads the Mount with 16 steals this year.  The 16 steals are the third-best single-season mark since the move to NCAA Division I in 1989.  Matt Rueckert holds the single-season record with 18 steals in both the 1991 and 1992 seasons.  Ivor Hodgson stole 15 bases for the Mountaineers in 2007.  Knight's 24 career steals are seventh on the Mount's all-time list, one ahead of teammate Nick Walker.  Wayne Crowley holds the school's all-time record with 39 steals from 1997-200.

QUARANTA MOVING UP HIT LIST:  Senior Mark Quaranta has moved into eighth place on the Mount's all-time hit list with 166 for his career.  The next two spots on the list ahead of Quaranta are Josh Winter (171, 2009-12) and Joe Kotula (172, 2003-06).  Quaranta has a .278 average with four doubles and 15 RBI this year. 

GRABER NOTCHES SHUTOUT:  Sophomore Connor Graber tossed a three-hit shutout in the Mount's 2-0 victory over Quinnipiac on April 1st.  Graber retired the final 11 batters of the game, including striking out the side in the top of the seventh inning.  He finished with nine strikeouts in the contest.  It is the first shutout by a Mount pitcher since Kent Worthington in a 4-0 victory over LIU Brooklyn on May 1, 2010.  The last time the Mount blanked an opponent was when Ben Smallenbroek and Dan Horner combined for a shutout in the Mount's 6-0 win over UMES on March 13 last year.

UP NEXT:  The Mount visits LIU Brookln for a four-game NEC series beginning with a nine-inning game at 3:00 p.m. on Friday.