Providence, R.I. (March 30, 2018) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team tops Bryant 6-1 in the first game of the series on Friday afternoon. Sophomore, Trey McGough helped lead the Mount to victory by pitching a complete game while only allowing one run and striking out eight batters. The Mountaineers' offense was led by Vaughn Parker II, Thomas Savastio, and Myles Nicholson who combined for nine of the Mount's 11 hits in the ballgame. Savastio continued his hot start of the season by going 2 for 4 (.500) with four runs batted in, a homerun, and one run scored.
Parker and Savastio got the Mount on the board, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Nicholson singled down the third base line to lead off the inning for the Mountaineers and was brought home to score the first run of the game off of a single to center field from Parker. Later in the inning, Savastio plated Patrick Causa after hitting a ground out to the shortstop.
After two scoreless innings, Mount St. Mary's added three more runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 5-0 lead. Two straight singles, from Causa and Parker, led off the inning for the Mount and brought Savastio up to the plate. Savastio drilled a three run homerun to left center field, his second of the year, that brought Causa and Parker home to cross the plate with him.
Parker plated one more run for the Mountaineers, his second RBI of the game, in the top of the seventh inning with a single through the left side that plated Nicholson. Bryant finally got to McGough in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, when Gaby Cruz singled to center field to bring Tyer Panno home for the Bulldogs lone run of the game.
McGough (2-2) earned the win for the Mountaineers and Jack Patterson (2-2) picked up the loss for the Bulldogs. With the win, Mount St. Mary's moves to 6-12 on the year with a 2-1 record in Northeast Conference (NEC) play and Bryant drops to 9-13 with a 1-3 record in NEC play.
These two teams will finish up the three game series tomorrow, March 31 with a doubleheader at Bryant. The first game is scheduled for 12:00 PM with the second game starting approximately thirty minutes after the first game ends.