Emmitsburg, Md. (April 10, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team was downed 8-4 by Navy on Wednesday afternoon at E.T. Straw Family Stadium. Sophomore Thomas Savastio led the Mount offense on the day after he went 4-for-5 with two of the team's four RBI in the game, one run scored, and a double.
Myles Nicholson, Patrick Causa, and Thomas Bramley recorded multi-hit days with three hits each for the Mountaineers. Savastio, Nicholson, Causa, and Bramley combined for 13 of the team's 15 hits on the day. Bramley and Trevor Leamer tabbed the only other runs batted in for Mount St. Mary's in the loss. Nicholson stole two more bases today and now has a team leading 33 bases stolen on the season so far. Noah Kirkland, Brenden Kennedy, and Dennis Snyder combined to pitch four shutout innings for the Mount while they did not allow a hit and struck out four batters.
Mount St. Mary's (11-20) grabbed the early 2-0 lead after just two innings of play before Navy (25-11) plated four runs in the top of the third inning that gave them a 4-2 advantage heading into the bottom half of the third. In the bottom of the first, Myles Nicholson beat out an infield single to the shortstop to lead off the inning and stole second base in the next at bat. Nicholson was brought home to score the first run of the game after Thomas Savastio hit a two out RBI double down the right field line. The next batter, Trevor Leamer plated Savastio off of a RBI single to right center.
In the top of the third, the Midshipmen scored their first three runs of the inning in off of three RBI singles from Joe Simourian, Evan Lowery, and Zach Biggers while a sacrifice fly off of the bat of Christian Hodge brought the fourth run in to score.
The Mount inched closer in the third after they scored one run in the inning that made it a 4-3 ballgame. Two straight singles from Patrick Causa and Thomas Savastio led off the inning and with one out, Thomas Bramley hit a RBI double over the head of the center fielder that brought Causa home to cross the plate. Navy made a move to the bullpen as they brought in Sante Grossi and Grossi got the next to Mountaineers hitters out to end the inning.
The Midshipmen plated four unanswered runs, one run in the fourth, one run in the fifth, and two runs in the seventh, to take control of the game. All four of their runs were scored from home runs. Zachary Stevens hit a solo home run to right field in the fourth, Michael Coritz hit a solo home run to left field in the fifth, and Christian Hodge hit a two run homer over the left field wall.
Mount St. Mary's plated one more run in the bottom of the ninth but that was all they could bring home as Navy held on for the 8-4 win. Patrick Causa led off the bottom half of the inning with a single to right center for his third hit of the game and was brought home to cross the plate in the next at bat after Thomas Savastio singled to left center for his fourth hit of the game.
Six batters for the Midshipmen drove in at least one run on day while Christian Hodge led the team with a sacrifice fly RBI and a two run homer in the win. Trent Topping and Tommy Goodridge held the Mountaineers to just one run in the last four innings to preserve the win for Navy.
Sante Grossi (3-0) recorded the win for the Midshipmen after he tossed 2.2 innings in relief and did not allow a hit while Ryan Florio (0-4) picked up the loss for Mount St. Mary's after he gave up four earned runs.
The Mount baseball team travels to Fairleigh Dickinson this weekend, April 12 - 14, for a Northeast Conference three game series matchup with the first game starting at 3 PM on Friday, April 12.