New Britain, CT. (May 4, 2018) - The Mount takes the first game of the series by scoring 17 runs on 28 hits to help Mount St. Mary's overpower Central Connecticut 17-7 on Friday afternoon. Eight Mountaineers recorded multi-hit games and combined for 13 RBI, 14 runs scored, and seven extra base hits. The infield duo of Patrick Causa and Alex Kriss led the Mount offense hitting a combined 9-12, seven runs scored, seven runs batted in, two homeruns, and one double. Trey McGough throws 6.2 innings and gave up just four runs while striking out eight batters to get the win behind the Mountaineers hot offense. Michael Kuypers pitched 1.1 innings in relief while giving up no runs and struck out two. Causa now has nine RBI combined in the last two games.
The Mountaineers jumped out to an early lead by plating two runs in the top of the first but Central Connecticut answered to take a one run lead in the bottom half of the inning. After two straight singles from Alex Kriss and Patrick Causa, Vaughn Parker II brought Kriss home to score the first run of the game off of a single to right field. Causa scored later in the inning off of a RBI single from Randall Minogue for the Mount's second run of the inning.
The Blue Devils plated all three of their runs in the inning when Peyton Stephens hit a three run homerun over the left field wall that brought Chandler DeBrosse and Buddy Dewaine home with him.
Mount St. Mary's erupted for eight straight runs, one in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth, and two in the sixth to take a 10-3 lead after six frames of play. Minogue drove in his second run of the game in the top of the third off of a single that brought Causa home to cross the plate. All three runs in the top of the fourth inning came off the bats of Kriss and Causa. After Myles Nicholson reached base on an error, Kriss hit a two run homer to left center and Causa made it back to back homeruns in the next at bat.
Causa scored Nicholson in the top of the fifth inning and was plated later off of a wild pitch and a throwing error by the catcher for the Mountaineers' second run of the inning. Zack Costello led off the top of the sixth inning with a single up the middle. Costello scored off of a single up the middle off the bat of Jared Urban. Urban was plated later in the inning after Kriss hit a single to left field.
CCSU added one run in the bottom of the seventh but once again the Mount answered with seven straight runs of their own to run away with the game. Nick Garland doubled to left center field that brought Justin Sportsman home for the Blue Devil's fourth run of the game.
Mount St. Mary's scored four runs in the top of the eighth off of two RBI singles from Causa and Matthew Kephart while Thomas Savastio hit a two run homer. In the top of the ninth inning, Causa recorded his fourth RBI of the game off of a sacrifice fly to left field. Andrew Malone hit a two RBI pinch hit double to left center that scored Kriss and CJ Kozorosky for the Mountaineers' third run of the inning and 17th run of the game.
Central added three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning but the game was already out of hand.
Trey McGough (4-4) picked up the win for the Mount and Kyle Anderson (1-4) received the loss for the Blue Devils. Mount St. Mary's moves to 18-24 with a 12-10 mark in NEC play and Central Connecticut falls to 14-24 with a 8-14 record in NEC play on the year.
The Mount and the Blue Devils will play a doubleheader tomorrow, May 5 with the first game starting at 1:00 PM.