Emmitsburg, Md. (May 10, 2019) - Redshirt sophomore Pat Daly's five RBI game two helped the Mount St. Mary's baseball team split the twinbill against Sacred Heart on Friday at E.T. Straw Family Stadium. The Pioneers took game one of the double header 7-4, but the Mountaineers grabbed game two 12-9.
GAME 1: Sacred Heart 7, Mount 4
Seniors Alex Kriss and Patrick Causa led the Mount offense in game one after they each tallied multi-hit games. Causa went 2-for-3 with two of the team's four RBI, one run scored, one walk, a sacrifice fly, and a home run. Kriss tabbed his sixth three hit game this season with one run scored in the loss. Pat Daly added a 1-for-1 game with a RBI while Zack Costello tallied the only other run batted in. Trey McGough started the game and threw six strong innings while he only gave up three earned runs before he was knocked out of the game due to a rain delay.
Trailing by one run in the late innings, Sacred Heart erupted for four straight runs in the top of the eighth and ninth while pitcher John Cerretani held the Mount in check in the bottom of the ninth that preserved the win in game one. Elijah Brown hit a solo home run just over the right center field wall in the top of the eighth, Anthony Porrino connected on a ball for a two run homer to left center in the eighth, and Jake Frasca picked up a RBI single to left center field, for the last four runs of the game.
The Pioneers (17-29-1, 9-11 NEC) took an early 3-1 lead after five frames of play before the Mountaineers (15-33, 8-15 NEC) rattled off three unanswered runs that gave them a 4-3 advantage headed into the eighth inning. Mount St. Mary's plated their first run of the game off of Patrick Causa's 12th home run of the year in the fourth inning.
The Mount loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with no outs but only came away with two runs that tied the game at 3-3. Myles Nicholson and Alex Kriss led off with back-to-back singles and advanced a base after Patrick Causa worked a walk. The next batter, Zack Costello reached base on a fielder's choice RBI that brought Nicholson home to cross the plate. Later in the inning still with the bases juiced, Pat Daly forced a pinch hit walk that plated Kriss for the second run in the inning.
In the seventh inning, Owen Wosleger led off with a single through the right side and later came home to score off of a RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Patrick Causa for the Mountaineers' fourth run of the ballgame.
Jake Frasca, Anthony Porrino, Stephen Thibault, and Justin Jordan led the Pioneers offense after they each tabbed multi-hit games while they combined for five runs scored, four of the team's seven RBI, a triple, and a home run. Elijah Brown added a two RBI game with a home run, a sacrifice fly and a run scored.
John Cerretani (3-0) recorded the win for Sacred Heart while Michael Kuypers (3-4) picked up the loss for the Mount.
GAME 2: Mount 12, Sacred Heart 9
Pat Daly went 4-for-5 with 5 RBI, two runs scored, a double, and a home run to lead the Mountaineers offense in the win. Myles Nicholson, Patrick Causa, and Thomas Bramley each tacked on multi-hit games while they combined for seven runs scored, four stolen bases, three walks, two RBI, and two doubles. Thomas Savastio added four runs batted in for the Mount in game two. Jordan Geber started and pitched six solid innings while he only allowed two earned runs and struck out three batters. Dennis Snyder earned the save after he threw a scoreless ninth frame and struck out two for two of the three outs.
Mount St. Mary's and the Pioneers were all evened up at 3-3 before the Mount exploded for five runs scored in the bottom of the fifth that gave them an 8-3 lead after five frames of play. In the bottom of the first, Myles Nicholson stole his 35th and 36th bases of the year after he hit a leadoff single and later scored off of a Patrick Causa RBI groundout. The Mountaineers plated two runs in the bottom of the third off of back-to-back RBI doubles from Causa and Pat Daly.
The Sacred Heart runs were scored off of a Elijah Brown RBI single in the third, a Justin Jordan RBI single in the fourth, and a RBI fielder's choice from Anthony Porrino in the fifth.
Mount St. Mary's five runs plated in the fifth came from a RBI walk by Zack Costello with the bases loaded, and a grand slam for his fifth home run of the year off the bat of Thomas Savastio. Causa and Daly both singled and Thomas Bramley forced a walk that loaded the bases for Zack Costello to begin the inning.
Even though the Pioneers scored six more runs in the game, the Mountaineers tacked on four big insurance runs and Dennis Snyder earned his fifth save of the season that preserved the win for the Mount.
Sacred Heart's runs were highlighted by a Austin Markmann two-run homer in the seventh, a Anthony Porrino RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth, and a Markmann solo shot in the ninth but Dennis Snyder closed the door for the Mount.
The four insurance runs for the Mountaineers all came off the bat of Pat Daly. Daly hit a two RBI single in the bottom of the sixth and in the bottom of the eighth, he smoked a ball over the right center field wall that bounced off the scoreboard for a two-run homer and his fourth home run of the season.
Austin Markmann led the Pioneers with a three RBI, three runs scored, and two home run game. Elijah Brown and Justin Jordan added multi-hit games for Sacred Heart in the loss.
The Mount St. Mary's and Sacred Heart will play the series finale tomorrow, May 11 at 3:30 PM and before the game we will honor this year's senior class.