Emmitsburg, Md. (May 11, 2013)--Mount St. Mary's lost to Sacred Heart, 9-6, in the final game of a four-game Northeast Conference series on Saturday afternoon at E.T. Straw Family Stadium. Senior Mark Quaranta went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, and four RBIs for the Mount in his final home game.
Sacred Heart (28-21, 23-9) jumped to a 6-0 lead to take control of the game. Dan Perez had a two-run double in the first and Dave Boisture an RBI single in the second to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead. In the third, John Murphy scored on a wild pitch with the bases load before Rocco Gondek doubled home two runs to stretch the lead to six.
The Mountaineers (10-34, 5-23 NEC) got back in the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Jay Knight and Quaranta opened the inning with back-to-back doubles to get the Mount on the scoreboard. Mo Moriarty's double to right center field plated Quaranta with the second run, but Sam Nott was thrown out at the plate on the play.
After a 48-minute rain delay in the top of the fourth, Murphy tripled and then scored on a Perez base hit to make the score 7-2.
Knight led off the bottom of the fifth with his second double of the game, and he moved to third on a Nick Walker singled. The Mount then pulled a double steal, with Knight stealing home when the throw went thru to second base. It was Knight's team-leading 31st steal of the season and the 39th of his career at the Mount, tying the school's career mark set by Wayne Crowley (1997-2000).
Sacred Heart added a run in the top of the seventh on a bases loaded walk, but the Mount answered with Quaranta's three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Zach Smith and Brandon Scott opened the inning with base hits, and Quaranta drilled the first pitch of his at bat over the right field fence for his third home run of the year.
Murphy doubled home Boisture in the ninth with an insurance run to close the scoring.
Quaranta led the way, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored. Knight finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored while Moriarty was 3-for-4 at the plate in the loss.
Buddy Fields started, allowing six runs (five earned) in 2.2 innings while striking out four to take the loss. Kevin Myers allowed one run in 2.1 innings of relef while Jordan Lawson allowed two runs in 3.2 innings of work.
The Mount closes out the 2013 season next weekend with a four-game series at Central Connecticut State.