Teaneck, N.J. (April 12, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team was overpowered by Fairleigh Dickinson 14-8 on Friday afternoon. Sophomore Myles Nicholson led the Mountaineers offense after he recorded a 4-for-6 day with a run scored, a run batted in, and another stolen base.
The Mount (11-21, 5-5 NEC) and the Knights (5-24-1, 3-7 NEC) both started the game with a bang after each team hit a three-run homerun in the first inning that made it a 3-3 ballgame after just one inning of play. In the top of the first, Owen Wosleger and Patrick Causa worked out walks for the Mountaineers and they were both plated in the next at bat after Thomas Savastio hit a bomb over the center field wall.
Fairleigh Dickinson evened the game at three in the bottom half of the frame. Mike Veit singled with one out and Tom Ruscitti forced a walk to begin the inning for the Knights. The next batter, Tony Socci, brought both Veit and Ruscitti home to cross the plate after he hit a home run to left center field.
Mount St. Mary's added a run in the top of the second to grab the one run lead, 4-3. Ryan Fisher forced a full count before he worked a walk with one out to begin the inning. Fisher advanced to second in the next at bat after Myles Nicholson hit a single to right field. Owen Woseleger drove in Fisher with a RBI single to right field for the Mount's fourth run of the game in just two innings.
Fairleigh Dickinson exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third that gave them an 8-4 advantage early in the game. Tony Socci started the scoring the a RBI single, Evan McDonald drove Socci home with a two-run homer, Sal Monticciolo hit a RBI single later in the inning, and Brett Mercier was plated on a throwing error by the catcher that finished the scoring for the inning. The Knights added one run in the fourth off of a Tom Ruscitti double to left center that brought Mike Veit home to score. This run proved to be all Fairleigh Dickinson needed as Mount St. Mary's only pushed eight runs a crossed the board.
The Mount plated two runs in the top of the fourth, one run in the top of the fifth, and one more run in the top of the seventh. In the fourth, Ryan Fisher led off with a double to right center field and advanced to third after Myles Nicholson hit a single to center. Fisher scored after Owen Wosleger hit a RBI sacrifice fly to right field and Nicholson was plated after Alex Kriss grounded out to the second baseman. Nicholson hit a RBI single to right field that brought Zack Costello home to score for the scoring in the fifth inning. Thomas Bramley scored on an error in the seventh for the Mount's last run of the game.
Fairleigh Dickinson again erupted for five more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth all off of balls that sailed over the fence. Tom Ruscitti hit a two run homer to right field to start the scoring. He was followed by back-to back jacks from Evan McDonald and Bobby Romano that extended the lead to 14-8.
Tom Ruscitti, Tony Socci, and Bobby Romano each hit a home run for the Knights while Evan McDonald hit two home runs in the win. Ruscitti, Socci, and McDonald combined for 11 of the team's 13 runs batted in, seven runs scored, six base hits, and one double that led Fairleigh Dickinson's offense. Chris Quijano and Joey Kosowsky pitched the final two frames for the Knights while they only allowed one hit and struck out two.
Brendan Medoro (4-3) grabbed the win for Fairleigh Dickinson while Michael Kuypers (2-3) picked up the loss for Mount St. Mary's.
The Mountaineers and the Knights play the second game of the three-game series tomorrow, April 13 at 1:00 PM.