Emmitsburg, Md. (March 24, 2019) - 16 hits powered the Mount St. Mary's baseball team past Fairleigh Dickinson 15-7 in the three game series finale on Sunday afternoon. Myles Nicholson filled up the stat sheet again in the win. The speedy left fielder went 3-for-4 with three RBI, three stolen bases, two runs scored, and a double. With his three stolen bases, Nicholson has now already passed his season total from last year (22) and he sits in the top five in all of the NCAA.
Patrick Causa, Ryan Fisher, and Owen Wosleger each added multi-hit games for the Mountaineers. Causa was only a double away from recording a cycle as he hit a single in his first at bat, a triple in his second at bat, and a home run in his fourth at bat. Alex Kriss, Pat Daly, and Causa hit a home run in the game, Kriss has now homered two times in the last three games, and Daly has now homered twice in the last three games, and Causa has homered three times in the last two games. Noah Smith pitched 2.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout in relief. Jordan Geber earned his first win of the year after he pitched 5.1 innings while he struck out seven batters.
Fairleigh Dickinson (3-15-1, 1-2 NEC) grabbed the early 3-0 lead after they plated three runs in the top of the first inning. After Mike Veit hit a double with one out and Evan McDonald forced a walk, Tom Ruscitti hit a three run home run over the left field wall for the Knights' three runs of the inning.
The Mount (8-10, 3-3 NEC) answered Fairleigh Dickinson's three runs with six runs of their own in the bottom of the third frame. Owen Wosleger led off the inning with a double to right field and was brought home to score the first run of the game for Mount St. Mary's after Myles Nicholson singled up the middle. With one out, Patrick Causa hit a two RBI triple over the center fielder's head that plated Alex Kriss. The next at bats, Pat Daly and Ryan Fisher worked walks to load the bases. Thomas Savastio brought everyone home to cross the plate off of his double to left center and an error by the left fielder on the throw. Savastio scored the Mountaineers' sixth run of the inning after Sebastian Mieses grounded out to the third baseman.
The Knights added one run in the top of the fifth, one run in the top of the sixth, and two more runs in the top of the ninth but Mount St. Mary's put seven more runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth inning that gave them the 13-4 lead at the time. The Mount added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh for their 14th and 15th runs of the game. In the top of the fifth frame, Evan McDonald hit a solo home run for Fairleigh Dickinson's lone run of the inning and in the top of the sixth, Nate Brodsky hit a RBI single to right field that scored Tony Socci. Tom Ruscitti and George Rosales led the Knights on the day with three hits each and Ruscitti tabbed four RBI and two runs scored.
Pat Daly got the scoring started for Mount St. Mary's in the bottom of the fifth inning after he led off the inning with a solo home run that he crushed over the center field wall and Patrick Causa ended the scoring with a solo home run to left field. Thomas Savastio and Zack Costello worked back-to-back walks with one out. The next at bat, Savastio scored off of a RBI pinch hit single from Thomas Bramley. The rest of the runs scored for the Mount were highlighted by a RBI single off the bat of Owen Wosleger, and a two RBI double from Myles Nicholson. The two runs that the Mountaineers plated in the bottom of the seventh were off of a two RBI home run that was launched over the left field wall off the bat of Alex Kriss.
Jordan Geber (1-1) tabbed the win for the Mountaineers while Emmanuel Corporan (0-3) picked up the loss for the Knights.
The Mountaineers host a mid-week game against Coppin State on Tuesday, March 26 at 3:30 PM.