Smithfield, R.I. (May 4, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team split the double header with Bryant on Saturday at Conaty Field. The Bulldogs topped the Mount 5-1 in the first game but the Mountaineers outpowered Bryant 10-9 in the second game. With the win in the second game, the Mount has now toppled the Bulldogs for just the fifth time in program history. Zack Costello led Mount St. Mary's on the day after he combined to go 6-for-10 at the plate with two runs scored, and two RBI.
GAME 1: Bryant 5, Mount St. Mary's 1
Senior Zack Costello recorded his 12th multi-hit game of the season in the loss after he tabbed a 2-for-4 game. Owen Wosleger, Patrick Causa, and Alex Kriss added the other three hits in the game for the Mount. Causa plated the only run of the game for the Mountaineers on his 35th RBI of the year. Wosleger picked up his fifth double of the season with his only hit. Starting pitcher Jordan Geber pitched 5.2 quality frames while he only allowed four earned runs. Noah Smith threw 2.1 shutout innings in relief and struck out three batters.
Mount St. Mary's (13-32, 6-14 NEC) nabbed an early 1-0 advantage after they plated a run in the top of the first inning to begin the game before Bryant (34-14, 15-2 NEC) evened everything all up at one run a piece in the bottom of the second. In the top of the first, Owen Wosleger reached base and advanced to second on an error to begin the game. The next batter Ryan Fisher laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved Wosleger to third base. Patrick Causa came up to the plate and drove in Wosleger off of a single through the left side of the infield for the first run of the game.
The Bulldogs run in the bottom of the second was brought in off of a RBI single through the right side from Jake Gustin that scored Sam Owens.
Bryant added two runs in the bottom of the third and two runs in the bottom of the fifth that gave them the 5-1 lead heading into the sixth inning. Ryan Ward worked a lead off walk while the next batter James Ciliento hit a single to right center and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Chris Wright hit a two RBI single to right center that scored Ward and Ciliento. In the fifth, Wright again came through with a two RBI single that this time plated Ciliento and Jimmy Titus.
The Mountaineers threatened in the top of the seventh by loading the bases but Bulldogs' starter Tyler Mattison got out of the jam without allowing a run to cross the plate. Zack Costello and Alex Kriss led off the inning with singles and moved up a base after Thomas Bramley forced a walk that loaded the bases. Mattison struck Trevor Leamer out swinging and forced Pat Daly to ground into a double play to preserve the 5-1 lead.
Chris Wright and Jake Gustin led Bryant at the plate after they combined for six hits, and all five runs batted in. Tyler Mattison earned the win after he pitched seven strong innings while he gave up just one unearned run and struck out six. Justin Snyder, Jack Owens, and Chris Wright tabbed two shutout frames in relief and struck out three batters in the win.
Tyler Mattison (7-1) tallied the win for the Bulldogs while Jordan Geber (1-2) picked up the loss for Mount St. Mary's.
GAME 2: Mount St. Mary's 10, Bryant 9
Thomas Savastio and Zack Costello led the Mountaineers offense after they combined for seven hits, four RBI, and four runs scored. The Mount rattled off 12 hits in the win and all of them were for just one base. Owen Wosleger, Alex Kriss, Patrick Causa, Thomas Bramley, and Bryant Shives picked up the other hits for Mount St. Mary's. Wosleger, Causa, and CJ Kozorosky all tabbed stolen bases. Michael Kuypers earned his third win of the year after he pitched seven solid frames while he only allowed four earned runs and struck out five.
Trailing by three, 10-7, in the bottom of the ninth, the Bulldogs scored two runs in the inning but Noah Smith came in and got the next batter to fly out that ended the game. With two outs in the inning, Nick Angelini singled up the middle that brought Gaby Cruz to the plate. Cruz hit his second two-run home run of the game to left field that cut the deficit to one run but Smith forced B Nicolas to fly out to center field to preserve the win.
The two teams traded two runs in the second inning before the Mount scored eight unanswered runs that gave them a 10-2 lead after five innings of play. In the top of the first, Thomas Savastio hit a single down the third base line and advanced to second after Thomas Bramley reached base off of an error. Two batters later, Bryant Shives worked a walk that loaded the bases with one out. The next batter CJ Kozorosky also forced a walk that brought Savastio walking home to score the first run of the game. Owen Wosleger scored Bramley off of a RBI single down the left field line for their second run of the game.
Bryant scored their two runs in the bottom of the first off of Gaby Cruz two-run homer over the left center field wall that brought Nick Angelini home to cross the plate with him.
The Mountaineers plated four runs in the top of the third, one run in the top of the fourth, and three more runs in the top of the fifth. The scoring in the third came from a Thomas Savastio RBI single to center field, a throwing error that brought Zack Costello home to cross the plate, and a Bryant Shives single down the right field line. Thomas Bramley hit a RBI single to center field for the run in the fourth, and in the fifth, Costello connected for a RBI single to center field while Savastio hit a two RBI single up the middle for the 10th run of the game.
The Bulldogs pushed seven straight runs across the board that made it a 10-7 ballgame heading into the bottom of the ninth. The Bryant scoring was highlighted by a two RBI single from Gaby Cruz, a Vincenzo Castronov RBI single, and a Sam Owens RBI single.
Gaby Cruz filled the stat sheet for the Bulldogs after he went 5-for-5 with six runs batted in, four runs scored, and two home runs. Chris Wright and Nick Angelini both added 3-for-5 days in the loss. Tyler Schoff, Mason Palmieri, Jack Ipsen, and Nathan Wrighter combined to pitch 4.1 shutout innings in relief and allowed just one hit.
The Mountaineers baseball team hosts Sacred Heart for their last home series of the season on May 10 – 12 with the first game on Friday, May 10 at 12:00 PM. The Mount will honor their seniors before the game on Sunday, May 12.