Mount St. Mary’s Baseball Heads to Coppin St. for Matchup on Wednesday

Mount St. Mary’s Baseball Heads to Coppin St. for Matchup on Wednesday

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-26, 3-13 NEC) at COPPIN ST. (9-26, 6-9 MEAC)
Wednesday, April 20, 6 p.m.
Baltimore, Md.


The Mountaineers collected their third conference win of the season over the weekend, taking one of four from Fairleigh Dickinson in the series. The Mount's win came in game three as lefty Chad Diehl posted a strong outing, going six innings with just two runs allowed on four hits while striking out three to earn his second victory on the year. Freshman Vaughn Parker II led the offensive attack with a 2-for-3 line and a career-high three RBIs, while Alex Kriss (3-for-4) and Ryan Owens (2-for-4) also registered multi-hit games.

Batting Average (min 40 AB): Ryan Owens (.309), Zach Hostetter (.264), Patrick Causa (.232)
Hits: Owens (34), Causa (23), Hostetter (23)
Runs: Causa (13), Owens (13), Hostetter (11)
RBI: Post (20), Owens (13), Causa (10)
ERA (min 20.0 IP): Chad Diehl (4.94), Michael Kuypers (5.16), Hunter Shuff (6.09)
Strikeouts: Diehl (35), Shuff (27), Kuypers (20)

The Eagles dropped a trio of games to Delaware State over the weekend to fall to 9-26 overall and 6-9 in MEAC play. Coppin St. is hitting .262 on the year and averaging 5.46 runs per game, led by John Kraft, who tops the squad with a .357 average, 10 home runs and 28 RBIs. Bryant Miranda, Jamar Criss and George Dragon are the team's other top offensive threats, all hitting over .300 on the year.

The Mountaineers and Eagles are set to meet for the second time this season, with the Mount holding a 22-5-1 advantage in the all-time series. Mount St. Mary's put up nine runs in the meeting with Coppin St. back in mid-march, but the Eagles held on for a 12-9 victory. Pat Daly went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs to lead the Mount, and Ryan Owens and Alex Kriss each chipped in with two hits apiece and three RBIs combined.

Leadoff hitter Ryan Owens continues to do damage at the top of the Mount's lineup as the senior outfielder currently leads the team in batting average (.309), hits (34), runs (13), doubles (10) and on-base percentage (.372). Owens collected a pair of multi-hit games in the doubleheader with Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, finishing the day 4-for-7 with two runs scored.

Junior first baseman Tyler Post, who has already set personal career-highs in runs, hits, doubles, home runs and RBIs, is tied for third in the Northeast Conference with four homers and ranks seventh in slugging percentage at a .476 clip.

The Mountaineers travel to Wagner for a four-game series with the Seahawks, opening with game one on Friday, April 22 at 3 p.m.