Port Charlotte, Fla. (March 4, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's basebeall team fell to St. Bonaventure 6-2 on Monday morning in Port Charlotte, Fla. Senior leader Patrick Causa recorded the only multi-hit day for the Mount in the loss. Causa went 2-for-4 in the cleanup spot for the Mountaineers. Zack Costello drove in the only run on the day for Mount St. Mary's off of a RBI single that plated Myles Nicholson. Nicholson stole another base today, he is now up to ten already on the year. Sophomore Andrew Malone pitched the final 4.1 innings for the Mount and he allowed zero runs on just three hits while he struck out four batters in a great relief appearance.
The Bonnies (1-1) jumped out to an early two run lead over the Mountaineers (3-4) after they scored two runs in the top of the first inning. The Mount quickly answered with a run in the bottom half of inning number one that made it a 2-1 game. Tyler Kelder and Jeff Palczewski each hit RBI doubles for St. Bonaventure in the top of the first inning that gave the Bonnies their first two runs of the game. Myles Nicholson led off the bottom of the first with a stolen base after he was hit by a pitch. Nicholson later came home to cross the plate on a passed ball for the Mountaineers' first run of the game.
St. Bonaventure plated one run in the top of the third but again Mount St. Mary's answered that run with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth that made it a 3-2 ballgame. The Bonnies would score the last three runs of the game in the top of the fifth and held the Mount scoreless the rest of the game to walk away with their first win of the year. The St. Bonaventure scoring was highlighted by a solo home run in the third inning from Alex Schutz, another RBI double off the bat of Tyler Kelder, and a two RBI single from Kevin Higgins in the fifth. The Mountaineers' second run of the game came off of a RBI single from Zack Costello that brought Alex Kriss home to score after Kriss walked and advanced to second off of a single from Patrick Causa.
Braydon Nelson (1-0) earned the win for the Bonnies and Jordan Geber (0-1) recorded the loss for Mount St. Mary's. Nelson pitched seven strong innings while he only gave up one earned run on just three hits and struck out 10 batters. Elijah Baez and Donovan Moffat pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth for St. Bonaventure.
The Mount is back in action Tuesday, March 5 as they take on Georgetown at 5 PM.