June 18, 2008—Patrick Causa, who just completed his senior season at Mount St. Mary's University, has been signed to a free-agent contract by the New York Mets and assigned to their rookie-level team in the Gulf Coast League. Causa was named the 2019 Northeast Conference Player of the Year after hitting .402 his senior season.
Causa had one of the best seasons in Mount history as he became the second Mountaineer ever to win the NEC Player of the Year Award. The senior hit .402 with 12 doubles, 12 home runs, 49 runs scored and 39 RBI while posting a .710 slugging percentage and a .521 on-base percentage in 47 games played. He is the first Mount player to hit over .400 since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 1988-89. His 49 runs scored tied the Mount's single-season record while his .521 on-base percentage and 39 walks are new single-season marks at the Mount. Causa had 21 multiple-hit games on the year, and he rounded out his career with 211 hits, the third-best mark in program history. Causa's 45 career doubles are second all-time at the Mount.
Causa joins Trey McGough as Mountaineers playing in the minor leagues this season. McGough was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 24th round this season, and officially signed with the Pirates last week.
The Mount has had five players play in Major League baseball. Edward Kenna (C' 1898) was the first Mount player to play in the major leagues, playing for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1902. Joe Engel (C' 11) spent seven seasons in the major leagues with the Washington Senators and the Cincinnati Reds while Dan Costello played for the New York Yankees in 1913 and three years with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1914-16). John Chapman played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1924 while Ed Edelen played for the Washington Senators in 1932.