Emmitsburg, Md. (March 23, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team split the doubleheader with Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday. The Mount topped the Knights 11-3 in the first game but the Mountaineers fell short of the comeback, 12-9 in the second game. Mount St. Mary's moves to 7-10 on the year with a Northeast Conference (NEC) record of 2-3 while Fairleigh Dickinson moves to 3-14-1 so far on the 2019 season with a NEC mark of 1-1.
GAME 1: Mount St. Mary's 11, Fairleigh Dickinson 3
The Mountaineers (7-10) scored 11 unanswered runs before the Knights (2-14-1) plated their only three runs of the game in the top of the eighth inning. Trey McGough (3-1) started the game for Mount St. Mary's and pitched seven dominant shutout innings while he struck out 10 batters in the win. The Mount offense was led by Alex Kriss, Pat Daly, and Ryan Fisher as they combined for seven hits, seven runs batted in, four runs scored, two doubles, and two home runs.
After a scoreless first inning, the Mountaineers plated at least one run in each of the next four innings. Trevor Leamer plated Pat Daly off of a RBI single up the middle for the first run of the game in the bottom of the second. Mount St. Mary's pushed four more runs across the plate in the bottom of the second to take an early 5-0 lead. Thomas Savastio scored the second run of the inning after he ran home on a passed ball by the catcher. Alex Kriss hit a two RBI single up the middle later in the inning that brought Leamer and Zack Costello home to cross the plate. Myles Nicholson stole third base and was plated on an error by the short stop backing up the throw to third for the Mountaineers' fifth run of the inning.
The lone run that Mount St. Mary's plated in the bottom of the third was Pat Daly's solo home run to right field. Ryan Fisher followed that home run with one of his own in the bottom of the fourth that brought Bryant Shives home to score with him. Patrick Causa got into the action after he hit a RBI double to right center that scored Alex Kriss in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Fisher finished the Mount scoring with a two RBI double that plated Bryant Shives and Zack Costello in the bottom of the fifth frame.
The Knights scoring in the top of the eighth was highlighted by a RBI single off the bat of Nate Brodsky and a two RBI single off the bat of Ryan Glowacki for Fairleigh Dickinson's only three runs of the game. The Knights third baseman Adam Frank led the offense with a 3-for-3 game in the loss. Glowacki went 1-for-1 with two of the team's three runs batted in for Fairleigh Dickinson.
Trey McGough (3-1) recorded the win for Mount St. Mary's while Chris Quijano (0-2) picked up the loss for the Knights.
GAME 2: Fairleigh Dickinson 12, Mount St. Mary's 9
The Mount comeback fell short in game two of the double-header after Fairleigh Dickinson plated four runs in the top of the ninth. Myles Nicholson, Alex Kriss, and Patrick Causa each had multi-hit games in the one, two, and three spots. Kriss went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, three RBI, and a home run while Causa went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in, two runs scored, and two home runs.
Mount St. Mary's was down 8-4 before they scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth that made it a two run game. After three scoreless innings and the game still at 8-6, the Knights erupted for four big insurance runs in the top of the ninth. The Mountaineers scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth all with no outs and were threatening to do more damage but Fairleigh Dickinson shut them down to preserve the win. The Knights' scored their four runs in the top of the ninth all off of a grand slam over the right field wall off of the bat of Sal Monticciolo.
Owen Wosleger and Myles Nicholson forced walks to lead off the bottom of the ninth with the Mountaineers down 12-6. Alex Kriss hit a deep fly ball that fell just behind the diving left fielder on the warning track that brought everyone home to cross the plate for the inside the park home run. The Knights brought in Joey Kosowski to try to earn the save. The next batter Patrick Causa worked a walk to put a runner on first with no outs. Kosowski got the next three batters, Pat Daly, Trevor Leamer, and Ryan Fisher all to strike out swinging that ended the ballgame and to pick up his second save of the year.
Fairleigh Dickinson plated three runs in the top of the first inning before Mount St. Mary's scored two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Adam Frank hit a RBI double for the first run of the game and later in the top of the first, Tom Ruscitti hit a two run home run to right field for the Knights third run of the inning. With one out, Alex Kriss singled in the bottom of the first and was brought home in the next at bat after Patrick Causa hit a two RBI home run to right field for the Mount's first two runs. The Mountaineers added one run in the bottom of the second inning that tied the game at 3-3. Sean Kelly singled through the right side of the infield that plated Thomas Bramley.
The Knights scored four runs in the top of the third and added one more run in the top of the fifth. In the third, Bobby Romano hit a three run home run to right field that brought home Evan McDonald and Adam Frank. Sal Monticciolo hit his first home run of the game of the game in the top of the third for the fourth run of the inning for Fairleigh Dickinson. In the top of the fifth, Monticciolo added to his good game with a RBI single up the middle that scored Frank that made it an 8-4 game.
The Mount started to climb back after they added one run scored in the bottom of the third and two more in the bottom of the fifth that made it a 8-6 deficit. Patrick Causa hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the third. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Trevor Leamer hit a RBI single down the left field line for the first run of the inning and later in the inning, Pat Daly came home to cross the plate after Thomas Bramley forced a walk.
Brendan Medoro (2-3) tabbed the win for the Knights while Michael Kuypers (2-2) picked up the loss for the Mount while Joey Kosowski (2) earned the save for Fairleigh Dickinson.
The Mountaineers and the Knights will finish up the three game series tomorrow at 1 PM.