MOUNT ST. MARY'S (10-34, 5-23 NEC) at CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE BLUE DEVILS (25-24, 13-15 NEC)
E.T. Straw Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
Friday, May 17, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 1:00 p.m. (DH)
Sunday, May 19, 1:00 p.m.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mountaineers were swept by Sacred Heart in a four-game Northeast Conference series last weekend. Mo Moriarty was 6-for-14 (.429) in the series while Nick Walker hit .357 (5-for-14). On the mound, Chris Campbell did not allow a run in three appearances out of the bullpen.
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UPDATE: Central Connecticut State defeated Hartford, 9-4, on Tuesday to improve to 25-24 on the season. Dylan Delacruz leads CCSU in hitting with a .357 avearge while adding 15 doubles, six home runs and 31 RBIs. J.P. Sportman is hitting .337 with a team-best 17 doubles while Tyler McIntyre is hitting .330 with 16 doubles and a team-best 38 RBIs. On the mound, Cody Brown is 5-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 77.0 innings of work.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Central Connecticut State has won the past seven meetings to take a 28-20 lead in the all-time series that began in 1998. Last year, the Blue Devils posted a four-game sweep at the Mount's E.T. Straw Family Stadium. The last Mount win over CCSU was a 3-2 victory in the opening game of a four-game NEC series in 2011. The Mount is 9-6 over its past 15 road games against the Blue Devils.
LAST YEAR'S SERIES: Central Connecticut State swept a four-game series at the Mount last May. The Blue Devils hit .419 in the series, led by J.P. Sportman, who went 12-for-18 (.667) with nine runs scored and seven RBIs. Tyler McIntyre hit .500 (7-for-14) with two doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs. On the mound, Harry Glynne tossed a seven-hit shutout. For the Mount, Andrew Clow went 4-for-10 (.400) in the series while Josh Winter was 4-for-12 (.333) with a home run and three RBIs.
HEALY'S IN HUNT FOR BATTING TITLE: Tom Healy is currently second in the Northeast Conference batting race heading into the final week of the regular season. Healy has a .375 average (54-for-144) heading into the final four games of the year, trailing Monmouth's Owen Stewart (.392). His season average of .375 is currently the fifth-best single-season mark in Mount history. Will Vanjonack holds the single-season mark with a .388 average in 1999.
NEC Batting Leaders
Owen Stewart, MU .392
Tom Healy, MSM .375
John Murphy, SHU .371
Kevin Brown, BRY .369
Dave Boisture, SHU .364
KNIGHT HAVING RECORD-BREAKING SEASON : Junior Jay Knight leads the NEC and 10th in the nation with 31 stolen bases this season. Knight's 31 steals set a new single-season record at the Mount, while his 39 career steals have tied Wayne Crowley's school record set from 1997-00. Knight has been fantastic in the lead-off spot in the lineup, hitting .341 with a .430 on-base percentage. Knight is third in the league with 43 runs scored and second with his 31 steals. In NEC play, Knight has been even better, posting a .385 average with 17 steals and 29 runs scored while starting all 28 games. A terrific bunter, has 12 bunt singles on the year.
WALKER CATCHES FIRE: Third baseman Nick Walker has been on a hot streak at the plate going 14-for-35 (.400) with a .600 slugging percentage over the past 10 games. Walker has moved his season average to .292 while he leads the team with 13 doubles and is second with 32 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.
QUARANTA MOVING UP HIT LIST: Senior Mark Quaranta has moved into sixth place on the Mount's all-time hit list with 183. The senior is eight hits behind Jason Weszka for the fifth spot. Quaranta has a .310 career average at the Mount and he is the school record-holder with 76 walks. He is also eighth with 36 doubles, 9th with 249 total bases, and 13th with 91 RBIs.
NOTT LEADS NEC IN HOME RUNS, SECOND IN RBIs: Sam Nott leads the Northeast Conference with nine home runs and is second with 42 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
Dylan Delacruz, CCSU 6
NEC RBI Leaders
Nick Dini, WAG 43
Sam Nott, MSM 42
John Murphy, SHU 40
Kevin Brown, BRY 40
NATIONAL LEADERS: Jay Knight is currently seventh in the nation with 0.70 steals per game and 10th with 31 total steals…Tom Heay is 42nd in slugging percentage (.619) while Sam Not tis 43rd with 0.20 home runs per game.
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.