Mount Baseball Drops Pair to Lehigh on Sunday

Mount Baseball Drops Pair to Lehigh on Sunday

Baltimore, Md. (February 24, 2019)—Mount St. Mary's dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Lehigh on Sunday at Calvert Hall High School.  The Mount fell in the opening game, 10-5, before falling in game two, 9-4.

GAME 1:  Lehigh 10, Mount St. Mary's 5

Lehigh jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held on for a 10-5 victory in game one of Sunday's doubleheader.  Sean Flynn pitched four innings of scoreless relief for the Mountaineers in the game.

The Mountain Hawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead with four runs in the top of the third inning.  Tony Gallo and Jeff Shanfeldt singled to put runners on first and second, and Ryan Malloy's RBI single to left opened the scoring.  Matt Hand followed with a double, and Tyler Schreiner added a two-run single to make it 4-0.  Gallo added a two-run homer in the fourth to stretch the lead to 6-0, and the Mountain Hawks scored four unearned runs in the fifth to take a 10-run lead.

The Mount got on the scoreboard with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.  Jared Urban laced an RBI triple to right to plate Thomas Bramley with the Mount's first run.  Miles Nicholson followed with another triple to right, and he then scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 10-3.

The Mount added a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to make the final score 10-5.  Thomas Savastio singled and Connor Buggy walked to put two runners on for Trever Leamer, laced a double to the left-center field gap to plate both runners.

Brenden Kennedy started for the Mount, allowing six runs in three innings of work.  Andrew Malone allowed four runs (two earned) in one inning of relief while Noah Kirkland allowed a pair of unearned runs with two strikeouts in an inning of work.  Flynn pitched the final four innings for the Mount, not allowing a run while striking out three and holding Lehigh to a pair of hits.

Jason Reynolds had a strong start for Lehigh, striking out nine in seven innings while allowing three earned runs.  Gallo went 3-for-3 with three RBI with Schreiner adding three hits in the win as well.

GAME 2:  Lehigh 9, Mount St. Mary's 4

The Mount rallied from a three-run deficit to even the score at 4-4, but Lehigh used a five-run eighth inning to secure a 9-4 victory in game two of the twinbill.  Myles Nicholson went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer to pace the Mount in the game.

The Mountain Hawks (2-4) took advantage of three walks in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead.  Lehigh loaded the bases with one out on three walks, and Casey Rother singled to center to bring home the first run of the game.  The Mount was able to limit the damage by turning a double-play to end the inning.

Lehigh added to the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth on a Ryan Malloy RBI single and a Cole Humes walk with the bases loaded.

The Mountaineers got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth.  Nicholson singled, and then stole both second and third base to put a runner on third with one out.  After a walk to Vaughn Parker II, Patrick Cause brought home Nicholson with an infield single to make it 3-1.  Trevor Leamor led off the bottom of the fifth with a triple, and he scored on a Zack Costello single to cut the Mount's deficit to 3-2.

Lehigh scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh to push the advantage to 4-2, but the Mount answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to even the score.  Costello walked to open the inning, and after a fielder's choice and a popout, Nicholson came through with a two-run homer to right to tie the game.

Lehigh responded with a five-run eighth to secure the win.  Malloy doubled with one out to start the rally.  Matt Hand followed with a bunt, and Malloy was able to score when the throw to third by the catcher went into left field.  Eric Cichocki followed with a bunt single of his own with Hand taking third base when the Mount defense left the bag unattended.  A wild pitch followed, allowing Hand to score to make it 6-4.  After a strikeout, Mike Maguire singled to center field to bring home a run, and then he scored all the way from first base on Gerard Sweeney's single to center.  Tony Gallo's RBI single to left closed out the scoring.

Nicholson was the lone Mountaineer to record multiple hits in the game.  Starting pitcher Jordan Geber struck out four while allowing three runs in three innings of action.  Dennis Snyder took the loss, allowing five runs in 3.2 innings, posting five strikeouts in his collegiate debut.  Noah Smith pitched the final 1.1 innings for the Mount, not allowing a run.

Malloy went 3-for-5 at the plate for Lehigh while Maguire and Hand added two hits each in the game.  Peter Woltersdorf picked up the win, allowing a pair of runs in two innings of relief.

UP NEXT:   The Mount plays seven games in Florida for Spring Break, beginning with a matchup against Chicago State on Saturday, March 2, and 4:00 p.m.