University Park, Pa. (April 18, 2018) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team fell short to Penn State 7-2 on Wednesday under the lights at Penn State. Junior, Alex Kriss recorded a multi-hit game for the Mount going 2 for 5 with run scored in the number two slot. Patrick Causa and Thomas Savastio each picked up a hit and the only two runs batted in for the Mountaineers in the loss. Freshmen, Brenden Kennedy started for Mount St. Mary's and pitched one scoreless inning while striking out one batter. Sean Flyn and Noah Smith each tossed two scoreless frames to end the game for the Mount.
The Nittany Lions plated all but one of their runs in the bottom of the second inning to jump out to an early 6-0 lead. Two RBI singles broke the 0-0 game to open up the bottom of the second from Joe Weisenseel and Tommy Gibson. Penn State brought four more runs in to cross the plate with two outs in the inning. Ryan Sloniger singled to center field that plated Gibson and Jordan Bowersox for the third and fourth runs of the inning for the Nittany Lions. Later in the inning, Connor Klemann hit a RBI triple to left center that scored Sloniger and Klemann was brought home to score the sixth run of the inning off of a double from Parker Hendershot.
The Mount tried to climb back into the game by pushing two runs of their own on the board in the top of the third inning. After Myles Nicholson and Alex Kriss got on base to lead off the inning, Patrick Causa doubled down to left center field that plated Nicholson for the first run of the game for the Mountaineers. Kriss was brought home off of a sacrifice fly by Thomas Savastio later in the inning for the second run of the inning for Mount St. Mary's. The comeback fell short for the Mount as the offense was shut out the rest of the game.
Penn State added just one more run in the game but the Nittany Lion pitching held the Mountaineers scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Trey McGough (2-3) received the loss for the Mount and Bailey Dees (1-0) picked up the win for the Nittany Lions. Mount St. Mary's falls to 10-22 with the loss and Penn State jumps to 8-22 with the win.
The Mount returns home for a four game series against Fairleigh Dickinson April 20-22 with the first game on Friday at 3 PM.