Emmitsburg, Md. (April 10, 2018) – Mount St. Mary's University baseball split a doubleheader with Maryland Eastern Shore on Tuesday at E.T. Straw Family Stadium. The Mount won opening game by an 8-5 final behind 5.0 no-hit innings from starter Andrew Dameron, before dropping game two, 9-5, in extra innings, despite a game-tying two-run homer from Patrick Causa in the seventh.
GAME 1: Mount St. Mary's 8, Maryland Eastern Shore 5
Sophomore Andrew Dameron pitched a gem for the Mountaineers in game one, tossing 5.0 innings of no-hit ball while striking out four to pick up his first collegiate victory.
After three scoreless innings from both teams to open the contest, the Mount broke out for a big eight-run fourth frame to take a commanding lead. Three straight singles from Alex Kriss, Patrick Causa and Vaughn Parker II loaded the bases with nobody out, before Thomas Savastio pushed the first run across with an RBI sac fly to center.
After the bases got reloaded, Randall Minogue and Zack Costello worked RBI walks to make it a 3-0 advantage. The next three batters, Myles Nicholson, Jared Urban and Kriss, each registered RBIs to push the Mount lead to 6-0. The final two runs of the inning scored on an error and a wild pitch, as the Mountaineers extended their lead to 8-0 heading into the fifth.
The Hawks got one run back in the sixth frame on a home run to right from Tyler Friis, before rallying in the seventh to makes things interesting.
Eastern Shore collected three straight hits to begin the seventh to ignite the team's rally. Back-to-back walks by Blake Coleman and Jessey Valdez cut the deficit to 8-3. After a wild pitch pushed across the Hawks' fourth run, another walk loaded the bases once again. The next batter was hit by a pitch, which scored Coleman and made it an 8-5 game.
With no outs and the bases loaded, the Mountaineers turned to Noah Smith out of the pen. Smith induced Dillon Oxyer into an infield fly for the first out, and followed with a strikeout of Jamison Trower. With two outs and the bases still juiced, Smith got Dwayne Marshall to fly out just in front of the warning track to secure the 8-5 win for the Mount.
Smith earned his first save of the season with the strong effort to help bail the bullpen out.
Kriss led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, two runs scored and an RBI, while Causa also registered a multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 performance.
GAME 2: Maryland Eastern Shore 9, Mount St. Mary's 5 (9 innings)
The Mount jumped out to a 3-0 lead with one run apiece in each of the first three innings. Back-to-back two-out doubles from Causa and Parker II scored the team's first run in the opening frame. After an unearned run in the second, Parker II notched another RBI in the third to score Kriss, making it a 3-0 Mount advantage.
The Hawks tied it with a three-run fifth inning, and notched the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth on a Mountaineer throwing error. Eastern Shore added an insurance run in the seventh on a suicide squeeze bunt from Dominic DeBlasie, which would prove to be crucial.
After a strikeout to begin the bottom of the seventh, the Mount got a baserunner with one out as Nicholson worked a walk. The rookie was then picked off by pitcher Andre Bell and tagged out trying to advance to second.
With two outs and nobody on, Kriss kept the game alive with a single up the middle. The Hawks made a call to the bullpen, bringing in weekend-starter Toby Hoskins to try to close things out. The next batter, Causa, worked a full-count on Hoskins before launching a clutch opposite-field two-run homer to right to tie things at 5-5 and send the game to extras.
After a scoreless eighth inning, the Hawks registered four runs in the ninth, fueled by a go-ahead RBI single from DeBlaise and a two-run double from Brian Cordell.
The Mountaineers weren't able to muster any runs in the bottom half of the ninth, as they fell by a 9-5 final.
Starters Jordan Geber and Caleb Walston each went 5.0 innings and yielded two earned runs apiece.
Kriss (3-for-5), Causa (3-for-4) and Parker II (2-for-4) all posted multi-hit games, with Causa and Parker II picking up two RBIs each.
Mount St. Mary's gets back into Northeast Conference play with the opening contest of a four-game series against LIU Brooklyn on Friday, April 13 at 3 p.m.