Port Charlotte, Fla. (March 8, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team was downed 13-1 by Central Michigan on Friday night under the lights. Mount sophomore Myles Nicholson tabbed his fifth multi-hit game of the season so far in the loss. Nicholson went 2-for-3 with two singles and two stolen bases. With those two stolen bases, the Mountaineer utility man already has more than half as many steals as he had the entire 2018 season (22). Freshmen Ryan Fisher and Trevor Leamer each added multi-hit games for Mount St. Mary's. Leamer went 2-for-4 and drove in the only run for the Mount on the day. Freshman Ryan Florio pitched two shutout innings, allowed no runs on no hits, and struck out two batters in relief for the Mountaineers.
The Chippewas (11-3) jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after just one inning of play before Mount St. Mary's (5-5) tied the game up with their only run of the game in the top of the second inning. Zavier Warren singled with one out in the bottom half of the first and would later be plated off of a RBI single from Jason Sullivan for Central Michigan's first run of the game. Ryan Fisher forced a walk to lead off the top of the second for the Mount and stole second in the next at bat. Trevor Leamer hit a RBI single that brought Fisher home to cross the plate for the Mountaineers run.
The Chippewas scored 12 unanswered runs combined in the third and fourth innings and shut the Mount down the rest of the ballgame to secure the win. The Central Michigan runs were highlighted by a RBI double from Griffin Lockwood-Powell in the third, a RBI single from Jacob Crum in the third, a two RBI single from Lockwood-Powell in the fourth, and a Gaoshua Williams bases clearing three RBI three bagger in the fourth. The Chippewas' Zach Heeke, Zavier Warren, and Lockwood-Powell combined to go 9-for-14 with seven runs scored, five runs batted in, and four doubles in the win. Cameron Brown (4-0) pitched six innings for Central Michigan in the win while he gave up just one run on six hits and struck out three. Garrett Navarra, Brandon Reed, and Ryan Palmblad combined to pitch the last three innings, allowed just one hit, and k'd six batters.
The Mountaineers finish up their Florida spring break trip tomorrow, March 9 as they take on Ball State at 1:30 PM.