Emmitsburg, Md. (April 14, 2018) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team splits doubleheader against LIU Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. Two three run innings helped the Blackbirds top the Mountaineers 6-1 in the first game of the doubleheader. A five run bottom of the second lifts the Mount over LIU Brooklyn 12-9 in the second game of the doubleheader.
GAME 1: LIU Brooklyn 6, Mount 1
Blackbirds' pitcher Zach Pederson pitched a complete game while giving up one run on just three hits in the win. Alex Kriss, Vaughn Parker II, and Matthew Kephart recorded the only three hits for Mount St. Mary's in the first game. Parker hit his fourth homerun of the season to plate the Mount's only run of the game. Senior, Noah Smith pitched a strong 4.2 innings in relief for the Mountaineers while giving up no runs on just four hits and struck six batters.
LIU plated three runs in the top of the second inning and three more runs in the top of the third inning to take a 6-0 lead after three innings of play. The Blackbirds scoring was highlighted by a single from Alex Briggs that brought Anthony Warneke home to cross that plate in the second inning and another single from Edward Modica that plated Luis Arias.
The Mountaineers pushed a run a crossed the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when Parker took Pederson deep to left field for the only run of the game.
Michael Collins (1-6) received the loss for Mount St. Mary's and Pederson (5-2) picked up the win for LIU Brooklyn.
GAME 2: Mount 12, LIU Brooklyn 9
Five run bottom of the second lifts the Mount over the Blackbirds 12-9 in the second game of the doubleheader. Patrick Causa and Randall Minogue each picked up two hits in the win. Minogue went 2 for 3 with four runs batted in and a homerun to lead the Mount offense. Michael Yetter settled down after giving up five earned runs in the first two innings to shut the Blackbirds' offense out the next three innings and picked up his first collegiate win.
LIU Brooklyn jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Blackbirds scored their runs off of two straight two RBI singles by Anthony Warneke and Dom Paiotti.
The Mountaineers answered LIU's four run inning with a three run bottom half to cut the deficit to one run. Causa was brought home on a wild pitch after he hit a double to left-center field and advanced to third on a balk for the Mount's first run of the game. Two batters later, Minogue hit a RBI single to right field that plated Vaughn Parker II. The next batter, Zack Costello doubled to left-center field that brought Thomas Savastio home to score the third run of the inning.
After the Blackbirds added one run in the top of the second off of a wild pitch, Mount St. Mary's erupted for five runs in the bottom of the second. The scoring for the Mount was highlighted by a RBI single from Causa that scored Myles Nicholson and a three run homerun to left field off the bat of Minogue that brought Causa and Parker home with him.
The Mountaineers added one run in the bottom of the third inning and three more in the bottom of the fourth inning. Nicholson scored in the bottom of the third off of a single from Alex Kriss. In the bottom of the fourth, Brendan Dabagian hit a two RBI double that plated Minogue and Savastio and Dabagian was brought home on a RBI single from Nicholson for the last run of the inning.
The LIU Brooklyn comeback fell short as they could only muster up four runs the rest of the game and fell three runs short. Briggs hit a three run homer in the top of the seventh inning that plated Rob Griswold and Paiotti but the Mountaineers' pitcher, Jordan Geber came back and recorded the last two outs of the game.
Yetter (1-2) recorded the win for Mount St. Mary's and Cory Hart (2-1) received the loss for the Blackbirds. With the split, the Mount move to 9-21 on the year with a 3-9 mark in Northeast Conference (NEC) play and LIU Brooklyn moves to 17-14 on the year with a 8-5 mark in NEC play.
The two teams will finish up the four game series tomorrow, April 15 at 11:00 AM.