Teaneck, N.J. (April 13, 2019) - Mount St. Mary's baseball clipped by Fairleigh Dickinson 11-10 on Saturday afternoon despite Myles Nicholson's go-ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth inning. Nicholson led the Mount on the day after he went 3-for-5 with a team leading 5 RBI, two runs scored, and a home run for his second homer of the year.
Alex Kriss, Thomas Savastio, Thomas Bramley, Zack Costello, Ryan Fisher, and Owen Wosleger each added multi-hit games in the loss. Kriss picked up his team leading 37th RBI of the year and his fourth home run of the year after he hit a grand slam in the sixth. Cole Reeder and Noah Kirkland combined to pitch 2.1 hitless frames of work in relief while they struck out two batters.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth down by two with two outs, the Knights brought three runs home to cross the plate and walked off with the 11-10 win. Evan McDonald forced a walk, Bobby Romano reached base on a fielding error, and Adam Frank worked a walk after a full count. In the next at bat, the Mount pitcher, Dennis Snyder, balked which allowed McDonald to score and moved everyone else up a base. Brett Mercier was intentionally walked that made it a force at any base. Ryan Glowacki singled to third base that plated Romano to tie the game at 10 a piece. Fairleigh Dickinson's hottest hitter of the day, Nate Brodsky, came up in the next at bat and delivered a game winning RBI single that scored Frank to win the game.
Trailing 8-6 in the top of the ninth, the Mountaineers were down to their last strike after they loaded the bases before Mount St. Mary's leading hitter, Myles Nicholson, took a 1-2 fastball down the left field that just hooked inside the foul pole for a go-ahead grand slam and the team's second grand slam of the day that gave them a 10-8 lead. Thomas Bramley and Zack Costello singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second and third after Ryan Fisher worked a full count walk to load the bases. Fairleigh Dickinson's Joey Kosowsky got the next two batters to recorded an out which brought Nicholson to the plate with two outs.
The Knights (6-24-1, 4-7 NEC) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before the Mount (11-22, 5-6 NEC) trimmed the lead down to just one, 3-2 after they top of the fourth. In the bottom of the first, Fairleigh Dickinson plated three runs off of two home runs. With one out and a full count, Tom Ruscitti hit a solo homer to center field and two batters later, Evan McDonald hit a two run home run to center field.
The Mountaineers scored one run in the top of the second and one run in the top of the fourth. Thomas Bramley led off the second with a double to left field and was brought home to score later in the inning after hit a sacrifice fly RBI to left field. In the fourth, Zack Costello led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second after Ryan Fisher connected with a double that hit high off the left field wall.
In just a one run game, Fairleigh Dickinson pushed four runs a crossed the board in the bottom half of the fourth to take control of the game 7-2. After the bases were loaded, Nate Brodsky brought everyone in to score after he uncorked on a ball and took it over the center field wall for a grand slam.
The Mountaineers once again trimmed the FDU lead down to just one run after they brought four runs home to score off of just one at bat. Ryan Fisher led off the inning with his second double of the game and advanced to third after Owen Wosleger singled to center field. The next batter Myles Nicholson worked a four pitch walk to load the bases with one out. Alex Kriss drove in all three of them with one swing of the bat after he hit a grand slam to left center.
The Knights added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth that gave them a two run advantage, 8-6 after six innings of play. With runners on second and third, Nate Rush hit a RBI groundout that plated Bobby Romano.
Fairleigh Dickinson hit three more home runs on the day and now have hit eight homers combined in the first two games of the series. Nate Brodsky led the offense with a 5-for-5 game while he tabbed a team leading five runs batted in, one run scored, and a double. Emmanual Corporan pitched two scoreless innings in relief while he only allowed three hits and struck out four.
Austin Crebs (1-1) recorded the win after he pitched to just one batter while Dennis Snyder (0-3) picked up the loss and the blown save for the Mount.
The Mountaineers and the Knights finish up the three game series tomorrow, April 14 with a game at 1:00 PM.