Salisbury, Md. (March 27, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team erupted for 16 runs in game two to split the double header at Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday afternoon. The Hawks won the first game over the Mountaineers 7-6 off of a walk-off but the Mount topped the Shore 16-5 in the second game.
GAME 1: Maryland Eastern Shore 7, Mount St. Mary's 6
Freshman Bryant Shives and junior Jared Urban led the Mountaineers offense in game one after they combined for four hits, four runs batted in, two doubles, and a run scored. Senior Patrick Causa added a 3-for-3 game with a run scored, a walk, and a stolen base in the clean-up spot. Junior Owen Wosleger picked up the other RBI for the Mount after he went 2-for-4 in the second slot.
The Hawks (6-20) grabbed the early 2-0 lead after they plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning before Mount St. Mary's got on the board with their first run of the game in the top of the second. Maryland Eastern Shore's Avery Tunnell scored the first run of the game off of a wild pitch and the Shore's second run of the inning was brought home to cross the plate after Carson Davis hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning. For the Mount in the second frame, Owen Wosleger drove in Zack Costello off of a RBI single though the right side of the infield for Mount St. Mary's first run of the game.
The Mountaineers plated five more runs in the next four innings and Maryland Eastern Shore scored four more runs in the next four innings to head into the seventh inning all tied up at 6-6. The Hawks' four runs were highlighted by a RBI single in the second from Brian Cordell, a sacrifice fly later in that inning from Avery Tunnell, and a RBI triple from Brian Cordell in the bottom of the sixth. Cordell led the Shore's offense after he went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in.
The Mount plated four runs in the top of the third, and one run in the top of the fifth. Bryant Shives started the scoring in the third with a two RBI double that he scorched down the right field line that brought in Patrick Causa and Pat Daly to cross the plate. The next batter, Jared Urban, hit a two RBI single through the right side that scored Zack Costello and Shives on the play and gave Mount St. Mary's a one run lead at the time.
In the top of the fifth, Byant Shives hit his second double of the game that advanced Zack Costello to third base but Costello came home to score on a fielding error by the left fielder.
With everything all evened up at 6-6, Maryland Eastern Shore's Johnny Franco shut down Mount St. Mary's in the top half of the seventh inning and gave the Hawks a chance to win it in the bottom half of the inning. The Shore put runners on first and second with just one out in the inning and brought Peter Jamieson to the plate with a chance to win it. Jamieson got a pitch he liked and hit a walk-off RBI single to right field that brought Devynn Hancock home to cross the plate right before the tag from catcher Zack Costello.
Johnny Franco (2-0) recorded the win for Maryland Eastern Shore after he pitched a scoreless three innings in relief and Sean Flynn (0-1) picked up the loss in a relief appearance.
GAME 2: Mount St. Mary's 16, Maryland Eastern Shore 5
Nine Mountaineers drove in at least one run in game two. Alex Kriss, Trevor Leamer, and CJ Kozorosky led the Mount with three runs batted in each. Kriss, Pat Daly, and Ryan Haddaway all tabbed multi-hit games in the win. Daly had a perfect 3-for-3 day with three runs scored and a double in the win. A.J. Narcise added a 1-for-1 ballgame with a run scored and a RBI. Myles Nicholson tabbed another multi-steal game for the Mount. Noah Smith continued his dominance in the start for Mount St. Mary's as he pitched five innings while he allowed no earned runs in the win.
The Mount plated six runs early to take control of the game. The Mount scored five runs in the top of the first, and one run in the top of the second. The Shore scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning but were shut down until the seventh inning. With the game already out of hand, Mount St. Mary's exploded for nine runs in the top of the sixth before Maryland Eastern Shore added three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
The Hawks' runs were highlighted by a single from Marcus Brown that drove in Avery Tunnell and Dillon Oxyer in the bottom of the first. In the seventh frame, Aaron Murray and Joey Nicastro each recorded a RBI single for the Shore's scoring in the seventh. Nicastro and Murray led the offense with three hits, two RBI, and a run scored for Maryland Eastern Shore.
The Mountaineers' runs in the first were highlighted by a RBI double to right center from Trevor Leamer in the first, two straight RBI walks with the bases loaded from Ryan Haddaway and CJ Kozorosky in the first, and a Myles Nicholson RBI single to second base. Alex Kriss scored on a fielder's choice ground ball off the bat of Leamer in the second frame, and in the top of the fourth, Thomas Bramley hit a RBI double to right center that plated Pat Daly.
Mount St. Mary's nine runs pushed a crossed the plate in the top of the sixth were highlighted by a RBI single through the right side from Zack Costello, a two RBI double to right center from CJ Kozorosky, a three RBI double down the left field line off the bat of Alex Kriss, a RBI double to left field from A.J. Narcise, and a RBI single down the left field line off the bat of Connor Buggy.
Noah Smith (1-0) tabbed his first win of the season for Mount St. Mary's while Cameron Bratton (0-5) picked up the loss for Eastern Shore.
The Mountaineers welcome UMBC for a non-conference four-game series set this weekend (March 29-31) with the game on Friday beginning at 3 PM.