Mount Baseball Opens Up The 2019 Season With Three Game Series Against Lehigh Beginning on Saturday

Mount Baseball Opens Up The 2019 Season With Three Game Series Against Lehigh Beginning on Saturday

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (0-0) vs LEHIGH (0-3)
February 23, 2019
Baltimore, Md. | Calvert Hall High School

The Mount St. Mary's baseball team opens the 2019 season with a three game series against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. The games have been moved to Calvert Hall High School due to inclement weather. The Mountaineers' season opener is set for Saturday, February 23 at 3 p.m., and then will play a pair of nine-inning games on Sunday, February 24, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

SCHEDULE
Saturday, February 23 - 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 (DH) – 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. 

ABOUT THE MOUNT
The Mountaineers are coming off of one of their best seasons in ten years where the team went 21-33 and a mark of 15-13 in Northeast Conference (NEC) play in 2018. Last season, Mount St. Mary's made the NEC Tournament for the first time in ten years. The infield trio of Alex KrissPatrick Causa, and Vaughn Parker II are returning to the Mount for their senior seasons. Causa led the team in average (.316), RBI (47), home runs (6) and he was top-two in runs scored (33). Kriss led the team in hits (61), while he was top-three in batting average (.311), runs scored (33), doubles (11), and home runs (5). Parker was top-three in slugging percentage (.455), RBI (36), doubles (14), and home runs (5). Returning sophomore, Myles Nicholson, led the team and tabbed second all-time in Mount single season history in stolen bases (22), while he also led the team in runs scored (38).

TOP RETURNERS
Batting average: Patrick Causa (.316), Alex Kriss (.311), Myles Nicholson (.301)
Home runs: Causa (6), Vaughn Parker II (5), Kriss (5), Thomas Savastio (4) 
RBI: Causa (47), Parker II (36), Savastio (30), Kriss (22)
Stolen bases: Myles Nicholson (22), Zack Costello (5), Kriss (4)
Innings pitched: Trey McGough (76.1), Brenden Kennedy (45.2), Michael Kuypers (43.0)
ERA: Kuypers (3.14), Jordan Geber (5.17), McGough (5.31)
Strikeouts: McGough (62), Geber (35), Kuypers (26)

FRESH FACES
Mount St. Mary's bolstered its roster for the 2019 campaign with the addition of 11 freshmen and one transfer student who is a junior. Pitchers Ryan Florio (Florence, Sc.), Noah Kirkland (West Chester, Pa.), and Dennis Snyder (Camp Hill, Pa.), catcher Thomas Bramley (Hershey, Pa.), utility men Connor Buggy (Hershey, Pa.), Trevor Leamer (Mertztown, Pa.), second baseman Ben Daniels (Paintsville, Ky.), second baseman/pitcher Ryan Fisher (Thurmont, Md.), second baseman/shortstop Bryant Shives (Hagerstown, Md.), third baseman Ryan Haddaway (Poolesville, Md.), outfielder Sebastian Mieses (Hagerstown, Md.), and transfer student outfielder Owen Wosleger (East Hampton, Ct.), each enter their first season with the Mountaineers.

ABOUT LEHIGH
The Mountain Hawks opened up the 2019 season with a three game series at Duke last weekend. In the final game of the series on Sunday, Lehigh fell to the Blue Devils, 4-3 on a rainy, cold afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The offense played about as well as you could ask for including a game-high eight hits and a season-high three runs. The Mountain Hawks head into the series with Mount St. Mary's with a 0-3 record.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES WITH THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS
Mount St. Mary's and Lehigh have met eight times in series history with each team holding four wins each. The two teams last met in the 2014 season where the Mountain Hawks won the four game series, 3-1. The Mount has a 2-0 record against Lehigh at neutral sites. Mount St. Mary's last win came in the first game of the four game series in the 2014 season where the Mount edged Lehigh 7-6.

UP NEXT
The Mount heads to Florida for their spring break trip. The Mountaineers will take on Chicago State (March 2), and Villanova (March 3) before having two matchups against St. Bonaventure (March 4 and March 7), while having a game with Georgetown in between (March 5). Then the Mount will battle against Central Michigan (March 8) and Ball State (March 9) before coming back home.