Piscataway, N.J. (March 15, 2019) - Michael Kuypers closed the door on Wagner in the bottom of the ninth inning that preserved the 6-5 win on Friday afternoon. Freshman Bryant Shives led the Mountaineers offense with a 2-for-3 day with three runs batted in, a run scored, and his first career home run. Kuypers earned his second save of the year after he pitched one inning while not allowing any hits.
Freshman Ryan Fisher and sophomore Thomas Savastio each added multi-hit games for Mount St. Mary's while they combined for three runs scored and a run batted in. Alex Kriss and Sean Kelly tabbed the other two runs batted in for the Mount. Noah Smith pitched a solid two innings while he only allowed one run on two hits and struck out one batter.
Wagner led off the bottom of the ninth with two singles before The Mount's Michael Kuypers came in to close the game. With runners on first and third with no outs, Kuypers got the first batter he faced to fly out to center field for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Anthony Pecora, reached on a fielder's choice that brought Dario Anderson home to cross the plate but this was the only run the Seahawks scored as Kupers forced Freddy Sabido to groundout to end the game.
Wagner (2-11) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after just one inning of play and plated two more runs in the bottom of the fifth but the Mountaineers (6-6) scored five unanswered runs in between the Seahawks runs to make it a 5-4 ballgame at the end of the fifth inning. Wagner brought the first two runs of the game home to cross the plate off of a RBI triple from Joe Silverstone and a RBI groundout by Will Johnson that plated Silverstone. The Seahawks plated their two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning off of a sacrifice fly to right field from Pecora and another RBI triple from Silverstone. Silverstone led the Wagner offense on the day with two triples, two runs batted in, and a run scored.
The Mount scored their first two runs of the game very quickly in the top of the third inning that tied the ballgame at 2-2. Thomas Savastio led off the inning with a single and was plated the next at bat off of a two-run homerun from Bryant Shives. Mount St. Mary's grabbed a 4-2 after they scored two more runs in the top of the fourth inning. Patrick Causa led off the inning with a triple to center field and was brought home to cross the plate the next at bat after Sean Kelly hit a RBI single through the left side of the infield. Later in the inning, Shives drove in his third run of the day off of a RBI single to right center that scored Zack Costello. The Mountaineers made it a 5-2 game after they added another run in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Ryan Fisher singled to left field and came home to score off of a RBI single from Alex Kriss.
Mount St. Mary's added a huge insurance run in the top of the eighth inning that made it a 6-4 ballgame heading into the bottom of the ninth. With the two outs and the bases loaded, Fisher worked the count and forced a walk that plated Savastio for the sixth run of the game for the Mountaineers.
Trey McGough (2-1) recorded his second win of the season for the Mountaineers after he pitched six innings while he only allowed four runs and struck out three batters. Neil Abbatiello (0-2) picked up the loss for the Seahawks after he allowed five runs in five innings of work. With the win, the Mount moves to 6-6 on the year with a 1-0 record in conference play while with the loss, Wagner falls to 2-11 with a 0-1 conference mark.
Mount St. Mary's and Wagner play the second game of the three game series tomorrow, March 15 at 1:00 PM.