MOUNT ST. MARY'S (10-30, 5-19 NEC) vs. SACRED HEART (24-21, 19-9 NEC)
E.T. Straw Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
Thursday, May 9, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 2013, 11:00 a.m. (DH)
Saturday, May 11, 12:00 p.m.
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MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's dropped three of four games at Wagner last weekend to fall to 10-30 overall and 5-19 in the Northeast Conference. Jay Knight had a big weekend for the Mount, hitting .571 (8-of-14) with eight runs scored and six stolen bases in the series. Tom Healy stayed hot at the plate, going 6-for-15 (.400) with a double, a triple and two home runs. This will be the final home games of the year for the Mount, which is 7-12 this season at E.T. Straw Family Stadium.
SACRED HEART UPDATE: Sacred Heart swept its four-game series with Fairleigh Dickinson to improve to 24-21 overall and 19-9 in the Northeast Conference. John Murphy leads the Pioneers with a .357 average, seven triples, 38 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Dave Boisture chips in a .347 average and is tied with Murphy for the team lead with 10 doubles. Sacred Heart's pitching staff has been strong all season, led by Kody Kerski (4-2, 2.33 ERA), Jeff Stoddard (6-2, 2.45 ERA) and Troy Scribner (4-2, 2.93 ERA).
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Sacred Heart holds a 27-12 lead in the all-time series that began in 2000. The Pioneers have won the past 12 meetings between the two schools, sweeping a four-game series in each of the past three seasons. The Mount's last win over Sacred Heart was a 10-6 victory on May 16, 2009, at E.T. Straw Family Stadium. The Mount is 7-10 all-time at home against the Pioneers.
LAST YEAR'S SERIES: Sacred Heart swept the four-game series last year, winning a pair of doubleheaders. The Pioneers earned 10-5 and 4-2 wins on March 23 before posting a 7-3 win in 11 innings and a 2-0 victory in the March 24 twinbill. The Mount was held to a .203 average and 10 runs in the four-game series last year. Michael Foster led the Mount with a .412 average (7-for-17) in the series. On the mound, Karl Lamont tossed a complete game in the 2-0 loss, allowing two runs and seven hits in eight innings of work. John Murphy led Sacred Heart with a .455 average in the four games. Kody Kerski tossed a five-hit complete-game shutout in the final game of the series.
HEALY GARNERS NATIONAL AWARDS: Senior Tom Healy was 13-for-16 (.813) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, eight runs scored and eight RBIs in the Mount's four-game split with Fairleigh Dickinson. Healy's outstanding weekend earned him a host of honors, including two National Player of the Week Awards and NEC Player of the Week. Healy was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by both the Collegiate Baseball newspaper and College Baseball Insider (CBI) Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week.
HEALY'S HOT STREAK: Senior Tom Healy has been on fire at the plate for the Mount, hitting .613 (19-for-31) over the past eight games. Healy has four doubles, two triples, four home runs, five steals, 13 runs scored and a 1.258 slugging percentage over the eight-game stretch. His hot streak has Healy in the hunt for the Northeast Conference batting title. Healy is second in the conference with a .402 average, behind Monmouth's Owen Stewart (.414).
NEC Batting Leaders
Owen Stewart, MU .414
Tom Healy, MSM .402
Kevin Brown, BRY .377
Ian Miller, WAG .358
John Murphy, SHU .357
KNIGHT ALSO ON HITTING STREAK : Junior Jay Knight is on a nine-game hit streak, going 19-for-36 (.528) with 16 runs scored and 11 stolen bases over that span. Knight has boosted his season average to .347 while he leads the team with 38 runs scored and 30 stolen bases. Knight's 30 steals are the school's single-season record while he now has 38 career steals, one shy of the school record held by Wayne Crowley (39, 1997-00).
QUARANTA MOVING UP HIT LIST: Senior Mark Quaranta has moved into sixth place on the Mount's all-time hit list with 179. The senior is 12 hits behind Jason Weszka for the fifth spot. Quaranta has a .311 career average at the Mount and he is the school record-holder with 76 walks. He is also tied for eighth with 34 doubles, 10th with 240 total bases, and 13th with 87 RBIs.
NOTT LEADS NEC IN HOME RUNS, RBIs: Sam Nott leads the Northeast Conference with nine home runs and 40 RBIs this year. Nott has hit two home runs in the same game twice this year, belting a pair of long balls against Monmouth on April 7 and 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.
NEC Home Run Leaders
Sam Nott, MSM 9
Tom Healy, MSM 6
Craig Sweeney, MU 5
NEC RBI Leaders
Sam Nott, MSM 40
Nick Dini, WAG 38
John Murphy, SHU 38
Kevin Brown, BRY 37
Tyler McIntrye, CCSU 36
NATIONAL LEADERS: Jay Knight is currently seventh in the nation with 0.75 steals per game and 10th with 30 total steals…Tom Heay is 18th in the country with a .402 batting average and 13th with a slugging percentage of .667…Sam Nott is 45th in the nation with nine home runs and 30th with 0.23 home runs per game.
UP NEXT: The Mount completes the season with a four-game series at Central Connecticut State (May 17-19).