Emmitsburg, Md. (March 29, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team was downed by UMBC 9-4 in the first game of the series on Friday afternoon. Senior Zack Costello led the Mountaineers offense with a two-run home run. Junior Jared Urban and Sophomore Thomas Savastio tabbed their first home run of the season as they both hit solo homers for the other two runs of the game in the loss.
Red-shirt sophomore Pat Daly recorded the only multi-hit game for Mount St. Mary's with two singles. Junior Trey McGough pitched a solid six innings while he only allowed four runs and struck out seven batters. The Mount southpaw has 17 K's in the last two games at the top of the pitching rotation.
On Wednesday during the second game of the double header at Maryland Eastern Shore, Mount sophomore Myles Nicholson broke the Mount St. Mary's career stolen bases record. Nicholson now has 49 career stolen bases, and is currently first in the NCAA with 27 stolen bases on the season.
The Mountaineers (9-13) took a 2-0 lead early into the game after they scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning before UMBC (9-12) plated four unanswered runs, two runs each in the top of the third and fourth frames, to grab the 4-2 advantage. With one out in the bottom half of the second, Pat Daly hit a single to right field and was brought home to score off of Zack Costello's fourth home run of the season for the Mount's first two runs of the game.
The Retrievers scored their two runs in the top of the third off of a RBI double from AJ Wright that plated Blaze O'Saben and a RBI single in the next at bat from Christian Torres that brought Wright home to cross the plate. In the top of the fourth, Andres Machado hit a RBI single to right field that scored Raven Beeman for the third run of the game for UMBC. Later in the inning, Terrence Pinkston drove in the fourth run of the ballgame after he hit a RBI single of his own to left center field that plated Machado.
Mount St. Mary's drew closer in the bottom of the fifth after Jared Urban hit a solo shot over the right field wall that made it a one run game, 4-3, after five innings of play. The Retrievers added five unanswered runs to take control of the game before the Mount picked up another run of their own in the bottom of the ninth but could not overcome the large deficit. Thomas Savastio smashed a ball over the left center field wall for the Mountaineers' fourth run of the game in the bottom of the ninth.
UMBC's final five runs of the game were highlighted by an AJ Wright RBI single in the seventh inning, a suicide squeeze bunt from Peter Godrick in the eighth inning, a RBI single from Andres Machado in the eighth inning, and a two-run home run from Christian Torres in the ninth inning.
The Retrievers first four batters (Terrence Pinkston, Blaze O'Saben, AJ Wright, and Christian Torres) all recorded multi-hit games and combined for nine hits, six runs batted in, five runs scored, a double, and a home run. Pinkston filled out the stat sheet with a 3-for-5 game while he tabbed three singles, one run scored, and one RBI. UMBC pitcher, Nick Trabacchi pitched seven innings while he held the Mount to just three runs in the win. Andy Rozylowicz and Bryan Gilliam combined for two innings pitched in relief while they only allowed one run and struck out three for the Retrievers.
Nick Trabacchi (2-2) earned the win for UMBC while Trey McGough (3-2) picked up the loss for Mount St. Mary's.
The Mount and UMBC will play a double header tomorrow, March 30 with the first game beginning at 12 PM.