Emmitsburg, Md. (May 18, 2017) – Mount St. Mary's University nearly overcame an eight-run deficit in the final inning, but ultimately fell by an 18-16 margin at the hands of Wagner on Thursday at E.T. Straw Family Stadium.
The Mountaineers headed into the bottom of the ninth trailing 18-10, but the first three batters reached base to begin the really. Mitch Sgrignoli drew a bases-loaded walk to push across the first run, and after a sac fly from Patrick Causa, Tyler Post drilled a three-run homer to left field to cut the deficit to three.
The next batter grounded out, but Brendan Dabagian kept the game alive with a double to right. Vaughn Parker followed with an RBI single, trimming the Wagner lead to just two and bringing the potential tying run to the plate in Zach Hostetter. Douglas Molnar got Hostetter to fly out to shallow left, preserving the 18-16 Wagner victory.
Post led the Mount's offense on the day, going 4-for-6 with a two extra base hits and five RBI. Causa added three RBI and Will Enrico knocked in a pair to help pace the squad on offense.
For Wagner, Freddy Sabido and Anthony Pecora tallied two hits, two runs and five RBI apiece on the day, while Sean Mazzio and Anthony Godina registered two RBI each.
Starter Austin Goeke collected the win, going 5.0 innings with four strikeouts and two earned runs allowed. Seth Schubert took the loss for the Mount, tossing 4.0 innings and yielding seven earned.
The Seahawks struck first in the contest with three runs in the top of the second inning. Pecora knocked in a pair on a two-run triple, and Nick D'Amore followed with a sac fly to bring home Pecora, making it 3-0 Wagner.
After the Seahawks added another run in the top of the fourth, the Mount got on the board in the bottom half of the frame to cut the deficit to 4-1. Post stroked a one-out double to the gap in left center, and after a wild pitch brought him over to third, Enrico drove him in with a sac fly for the team's first run.
Wagner extended its lead to 8-2 after five innings of play before both teams exploded for seven runs apiece in the sixth frame. Mazzio started the scoring for the Seahawks in the sixth with a two-RBI double, before Anthony Godino hit a two-run homer and Pecora drilled a three-run shot to put Wagner up 15-2.
The Mountaineers fought back in their half of the inning as six different batters drove in at least one run. Post highlighted the inning with a two-run single through the left side, while Jared Urban and Alex Kriss each added RBI singles in the stanza.
Enrico belted his third homer of the season in the eighth, but Wagner answered with one in the top of the ninth to push its lead back to eight. The Mount's six runs in the final frame weren't enough as the Seahawks escaped with the 18-16 win.
The Mount and Wagner are set for a doubleheader tomorrow (Friday, May 19), with action starting at 1 p.m. from E.T. Straw Family Stadium.