Emmitsburg, Md. (April 3, 2019) - Mount St. Mary's baseball dropped two games to Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday afternoon at E.T. Straw Family Stadium. The Mountaineers squandered a big lead in the first game and were topped by the Hawks 15-12. In the second game, the Mount was clipped 4-3 by Eastern Shore thanks to a late run in the top of the seventh.
GAME 1: Maryland Eastern Shore 15, Mount St. Mary's 12
Myles Nicholson, Alex Kriss, and Patrick Causa all recorded multi-hit games in the top three spots in the lineup for Mount St. Mary's. Trevor Leamer and CJ Kozorosky also tabbed two hits each in the loss. Kriss and Leamer each hit a home run for the Mountaineers and combined for five runs batted in. Kriss also picked up his team leading 11th double of the season in his 2-for-3 game. Andrew Dameron pitched a solid 5.2 innings in the start while he only allowed one earned run on just five hits and struck out four.
Trailing 11-1 after five innings of play, Maryland Eastern Shore (8-24) scored 14 unanswered runs to jump ahead of the Mount (9-18) by four runs headed into the bottom of the ninth frame. The Hawks scored sevens runs in the top of the sixth and added three more runs in the top of the seventh to tie the ballgame at 11-11. In the seventh frame, Michael Warley started the Eastern Shore scoring with a two run homer to right center field that cut the Mount lead to just one run. Later in the inning, Dwayne Marshall came through with a big pinch hit RBI single that evened the game up at 11.
The Mountaineers had a chance in the bottom of the seventh inning after they got runners on first and second with just one out. Sebastian Mieses worked a walk and advanced to second off of an infield single from CJ Kozorosky. The two runners advanced to second and third with two outs after Sean Kelly hit an infield fly that dropped to the ground. The next batter, Ben Daniels grounded out to the third baseman on an 0-1 count to end the inning and send the game into extras.
After one scoreless inning, the Hawks plated four more runs in the top of the ninth to grab control of the game. With one out, Nick Roets hit a RBI single that put the Shore on top by a run. Later in the inning, Roets came home to cross the plate off of a RBI single from Brian Cordell. Dillon Oxyer added two more insurance runs after he hit a two RBI double down the right field line that plated Brian Cordell and Peter Jamieson.
Mount St. Mary's could only tack on one run in the bottom of the ninth as Cory Poulson preserved the win for Maryland Eastern Shore. Trevor Leamer hit his first home run of his career over the right field wall for the Mount's lone run of the inning.
The Mountaineers scored 11 unanswered runs of their own in the third, fourth, and fifth frames to jump out to the 11-1 lead. The Mount St. Mary's runs were highlighted by Alex Kriss's second home run of the season in the third, a Patrick Causa RBI single in the fourth, a two RBI double from Trevor Leamer in the fourth, a RBI double from Kriss in the fifth, a Sebastian Mieses RBI double in the fifth, and a RBI single from CJ Kozorosky in the fifth. Causa added his fifth stolen base of the year after he stole home midway through the bottom half of the fifth frame.
The Hawks' Johnny Franco and Cory Poulson held the Mountaineers to just one run in the final 4.1 innings of the game. Maryland Eastern Shore had four players with two runs batted in that led the offense.
Cory Poulson (1-0) grabbed the win for Eastern Shore in game 1 while Noah Smith (1-1) picked up the loss for Mount St. Mary's.
GAME 2: Maryland Eastern Shore 4, Mount St. Mary's 3
Alex Kriss and Trevor Leamer recorded the only two runs batted in, and two of the three runs scored for the Mount in the loss. Sebastian Mieses tabbed the other run scored for the Mount while Zack Costello, Ryan Haddaway, and CJ Kozorosky added the other three hits in the game. Noah Kirkland pitched a strong five innings for the Mountaineers while he only allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out five.
The Hawks carried the momentum from the first game over to the second game as they plated the first two runs of the game to take an early 2-0 lead. Mount St. Mary's climbed back into the game and took the 3-2 lead after they scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Eastern Shore added one run in the top of the sixth and one run in the top of the seventh to grab the 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.
With the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, the Hawks tied the game after Nick Roets was hit by a pitch that brought Devin Hancock home. In the top of the seventh, Dillon Oxyer scored on a passed ball to give Maryland Eastern Shore a 4-3 lead.
CJ Kozorosky led off the seventh for the Mount with a double to left center field and advanced to third after Myles Nicholson laid down a sacrifice bunt. With one out and the tying run on third, the Mountaineers looked to at least tie the game and send it into extras for the second straight game. Alex Kriss struck out looking after the Hawks' southpaw pitcher Chris Sanders painted the inside of the plate with a fastball for the second out. On a 1-0 count, the next batter Patrick Causa was just a touch late on a fastball and he flew out to the right fielder to end the game.
In the first inning, Dillon Oxyer hit a RBI double to left center for Maryland Eastern Shore's first run of the game. The Shore struck again in the top of the fourth after Brantley Cutler hit a RBI sacrifice fly to left field for the second run of the ballgame.
The Mount answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Trevor Leamer hit his second home run of the day over the right field wall on a 2-2 count for Mount St. Mary's first run. Alex Kriss plated Sebastian Mieses after he hit a RBI single up the middle for the second run of the inning. Kriss came home to score the third run of the inning off of an error by the left fielder.
The Hawks' Cameron Bratton took a no hit bid into the fifth inning before he gave up a solo homer to Trevor Leamer that broke up the no hitter and the shutout all at once. Bratton finished with 5.1 strong innings of work in the start while he only allowed two earned runs and struck out four. Eastern Shore's first four batters combined for seven of the team's ten hits and all four of the team's runs scored in the win. Brian Cordell, Dillon Oxyer, and Devin Hancock all tabbed doubles for Maryland Eastern Shore.
Chris Sanders (1-3) recorded the win after he pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings for the Shore and Ryan Florio (0-3) tabbed the loss for the Mountaineers.
The Mount heads to LIU Brooklyn this weekend, April 5-7, for a Northeast Conference three-game series with the first game on Friday, April 5 at 3 PM.