Emmitsburg, Md. (April 21, 2018) - Alex Kriss' RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning helps Mount St. Mary's walk it off against Fairleigh Dickinson in the second game to split the twinbill with the Knights on Saturday. After plating a run in the top of the fifth inning, Fairleigh Dickinson held on to pick up the 3-2 win in the first game of the doubleheader but the Mount edged the Knights 7-6 in the second game of the doubleheader.
Game 1: Fairleigh Dickinson 3, Mount 2
Junior, Patrick Causa led the Mountaineer offense going 2 for 3 with two singles and drove in one of the Mount's two runs batted in. Myles Nicholson, Vaughn Parker II, and Jared Urban recorded the other three hits for Mount St. Mary's in the loss. Southpaw, Trey McGough pitched a complete game for the Mount but still received the loss. McGough allowed just three runs on five hits and struck out six batters.
The Mount scored in the top of the first to jump out to an early lead. Myles Nicholson led off the inning by beating out a throw from the second baseman for an infield single. Nicholson advanced to second on a groundout to the third baseman from Alex Kriss and advanced to third base off of a single through the left side from Patrick Causa. The next batter, Vaugh Parker plated Nicholson off of a fielder's choice for the first run of the game.
After three scoreless innings, Fairleigh Dickinson pushed two runs on the board in the top of the fifth inning. Matt Armendinger hit a floater that landed in front of the center fielder that brought Oliver Tavares and Peter Theodorellis in to cross the plate with two outs.
The game would not stay tied for long as the Knights scored the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning. After Evan McDonald doubled with two outs, Tavares singled to center field that brought McDonald in to score. Aaron Cohn came into the game to get the last out in the bottom of the sixth but found him in a little trouble in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, the Mount had the tying run just 90 feet away at third base with Randall Minogue up to bat. Cohn struck Minogue out swinging with a fastball up and in to end the game.
Trey McGough (2-4) picked up the loss for Mount St. Mary's and Evan Raiburn (2-3) recorded the win for Fairleigh Dickinson while Aaron Cohn (1) earned his first save of the season.
Game 2: Mount 7, Fairleigh Dickinson 6 (8 innings)
Myles Nicholson, Randall Minogue, and Jared Urban recorded multi-hit games collecting three hits each for the Mountaineers. Urban led the Mount with a 3 for 3 game with three runs scored, one RBI, a triple, and a double. Seven of the Mount's 13 hits went for extra bases in the win. Freshman, Brenden Kennedy pitched five scoreless innings in relief while only allowing three hits for Mount St. Mary's.
Fairleigh Dickinson jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in game two by plating five runs in the first inning and one more run in the third inning. Brandon Seltzer led of the game with a triple to right center and was brought home to score the first run of the game off of a single from Mike Veit. Corbin Dunnuck plated the fourth and fifth runs of the inning off of a two RBI single to right center. In the top of the third, Evan McDonald scored off of a bases loaded walk from Evan Raiburn for the Knights sixth run of the game.
The Mountaineers started the comeback in the bottom of the third inning scoring their first run of the game. Jared Urban led off the inning with a double to right field and advanced to third on a single from Myles Nicholson. Urban came home to score off of a fielder's choice ground ball off the bat of Alex Kriss.
After a scoreless fourth frame, Mount St. Mary's plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, and one run in the bottom of the seventh inning before walking it off in the bottom of the eighth. After Brendan Dabagian doubled to lead off the fifth, Jared Urban plated him off of a triple to left center. Urban was brought home later in the inning off of a RBI double from Patrick Causa to cut the deficit to three. With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, Nicholson singled to left center that plated Dabagian and Minogue to make it a 6-5 ballgame.
With two outs in the seventh inning and the game on the line, Vaughn Parker hit a mile high pop fly to the second baseman who dropped the ball and kept the game alive for the Mountaineers. Senior, Mitch Sgrgnoli pinch ran for Parker at first base after the error. The next batter, Thomas Savastio beat out an infield single to third base and Sgrignoli advanced to third on the play. The Fairleigh Dickinson first baseman tried to get Sgrignoli out at third but air-mailed the throw allowing Sgrignoli to come home and tie the game at 6-6.
Kennedy shut the Knights down in the top of the eighth inning and brought the Mount back in to hit in the bottom half with all of the momentum on their side. With one out and Jared Urban on second base, Alex Kriss smoked a 2-0 fastball into right center field that brought Urban racing home to score the winning run and give Mount St. Mary's the walkoff win.
Brended Kennedy (2-2) received the win for the Mount and Chris Quijano (1-3) picked up the loss for the Knights. Mount St. Mary's moves to 12-23 on the year with a 6-10 mark in Northeast Conference (NEC) play and Fairleigh Dickinson moves to 9-23 on the year with a 1-12 mark in NEC play.
The Mount and the Knights will finish up the series with the final game tomorrow, April 22 at 12:00 PM.