Emmitsburg, Md. (April 15, 2018) - The Mount baseball team walked it off, 3-2, in 12 innings against LIU Brooklyn on Sunday. The Mountaineers only mustered up five hits but those five hits were enough to get the job done behind stellar pitching. The five hits were recorded by Myles Nicholson, Alex Kriss, Randall Minogue, and Thomas Savastio. Vaughn Parker II picked up the only RBI of the game for Mount St. Mary's. Freshman, Andrew Dameron, started the game and pitched three innings while giving up just one run on two hits. Two other freshmen pitchers, Brenden Kennedy and Jordan Geber, combined for seven scoreless innings in relief for the Mount.
After a scoreless first inning, LIU Brooklyn took a one run lead after Alex Briggs hit a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Edward Modica in the top of the second inning and this would be the only run of the game until the eighth inning.
After loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Parker hit a sacrifice fly to center field that brought CJ Kozorosky home to cross the plate and tie the game at 1-1. The Blackbirds pitcher, Mike Kreiger, got Savastio to fly out to right field to end the inning and keep the score tied heading into the ninth.
The game headed to extra innings after neither team could put a run on the board in the ninth inning. With the rain beginning to come down harder, the Mount began the 11th inning with a well worked walk from Savastio. Catcher, Zack Costello laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Savastio to second. Savastio advanced to third base off of a wild pitch and was 90 feet away from scoring the winning run but that was all the farther he would get as LIU pitcher, Rob Griswold forced Kozorosky to line out the second baseman.
In the top of the 12th inning, Brock Hallum hit a line drive to the right fielder but it was deep enough to plate Gregory Vaughn on the play and push the go-ahead run on the board.
The Mountaineers answered in the bottom half of the inning by loading the bases with two outs. The tying run was just 90 feet away and the winning run was in scoring position on second with Minogue up. Minogue hit a routine ground ball to the shortstop, who went to second for the force out but air-mailed the throw into right field which caused both the tying and winning runs to come home to cross the plate giving Mount St. Mary's a walk off win.
Michael Collins (2-6) received the win for the Mount and Rob Griswold (0-1) picked up the loss for the Blackbirds. With the win, the Mountaineers move to 10-21 on the year with a Northeast Conference (NEC) mark of 4-9 and with the loss, LIU Brooklyn falls to 17-15 on the year with a NEC mark of 8-6.
Mount St. Mary's travels to Penn State for a mid-week game on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 PM.