Piscataway, N.J. (March 16, 2019) - The Mount baseball team's comeback fell just short in 9-8 loss to Wagner on Saturday in the second game of the three game series. Red-shirt sophomore Pat Daly led the Mountaineers offense with a multi-hit game in the loss. Daly went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run batted in.
Freshman Trevor Leamer came through with a big pinch hit RBI double for his second double of the season. Alex Kriss, Patrick Causa, and Zack Costello recorded the three other doubles for the Mount as six of their nine hits registered as two baggers. Causa picked up another RBI for his team leading 11 runs batted in on the year so far. Thomas Savastio, Ryan Fisher, and Bryant Shives tabbed the other three runs batted in for the Mountaineers on the day. Sophomore Andrew Malone pitched a shutout inning for Mount St. Mary's in relief.
Down by four in the top of the eighth, Mount St. Mary's started to crawl back into the game. The Mountaineers plated one run in the bottom of the eighth that made it a three run game. After Myles Nicholson reached base on a fielder's choice, Nicholson stole second base and third base. Nicholson came running home after the catcher's throw to try to get him out at third base got away from the third baseman. With one out in the top of the ninth, Trevor Leamer hit a RBI pinch hit double that plated Zack Costello that made it a 9-7 game. Ryan Fisher scored the second run of the inning for the Mountaineers after he ran home to cross the plate on a wild pitch. Down just one run, Mount St. Mary's loaded the bases with one out but could not plate any more runs and fell just short of completing the comeback. Alex Kriss hit a hard ground ball right to the third baseman who tagged third base for the second out of the inning and then through the ball to the catcher to tag CJ Kozorosky out at home plate to end the game.
The Seahawks (3-11) grabbed the early 2-0 lead after they plated two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Mount (6-7) answered Wagner's two runs with five straight runs of their own that made it a 5-2 ballgame after the top of the fifth inning. The Seahawks two runs in the bottom half of the second inning were brought home to cross the plate off of Emil Matti RBI single and a Johnny Kampes RBI single.
Alex Kriss led off the top of the third inning with a double down the left field line and scored the next at off of a RBI double from Patrick Causa for the Mountaineers' first run of the game. Causa was plated later in the inning after Thomas Savastio hit a RBI single to left field. The Mount scored their third run of the inning that gave them a one run lead after Ryan Fisher hit a sacrifice fly that brought Savastio home to cross the plate. In the top of the fourth, Pat Daly tabbed a RBI double that plated Causa for the fourth run of the game for Mount St. Mary's while in the top of the fifth inning, Bryant Shives drove in Fisher after he hit a single to left center that made it a 5-2 game.
Wagner responded by scoring seven unanswered runs, one in the bottom of the fifth, three in the bottom of the sixth, and three in the bottom of the seventh, that gave them a 9-5 advantage after seven innings of play. The Seahawks scoring was highlighted by a two RBI triple off the bat of Anthony Pecora in the bottom of the sixth and a three run home run off the bat of Emil Matti in the bottom of the seventh. Pecora and Matti led the Seahawks' offense by combining for six runs batted in, four runs scored, four hits, a triple, and a home run.
John LaPointe (2-0) recorded the win for Wagner and Nick Robino (2) earned his second save of the season after he pitched one inning while he did not allow an earned run to shut the Mount comeback down in the bottom of the ninth. Brenden Kennedy (1-2) picked up the loss for Mount St. Mary's in his third appearance of the year.
The Mountaineers and Seahawks will battle for the series win tomorrow, March 17 at 1 PM.