Mount St. Mary’s Baseball Hosts Wagner in Four-Game Series Beginning Thursday

Mount St. Mary’s Baseball Hosts Wagner in Four-Game Series Beginning Thursday

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-12) vs. WAGNER (4-9)
Emmitsburg, Md. | E.T. Straw Family Stadium
Game 1 – Thursday, March 24, 3 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday, March 25, 1 p.m.
Game 3 – Friday, March 25, 3 p.m.
Game 4 – Saturday, March 26, 1 p.m.


The Mountaineers took one of four from Fairleigh Dickinson over the weekend to move to 2-12 overall and 1-3 in Northeast Conference play on the year. Junior Tyler Post provided the power in the Mount's 13-6 win over the Knights in the first game on Saturday as the first baseman blasted two home runs, including a grand slam, and added a two-run double to finish the contest with a career-high eight RBI, which tied the program's record for most in a single game. Ryan Owens, Vaughn Parker, Zach Hostetter, Pat Daly and Tommy Quealy joined Post with multi-hit games to help pace the offense. Ben Smallenbroek was credited with the win, and Michael Kuypers struck out two and allowed just one hit in 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

-Following his career day at the plate on Saturday, Post owns a team-leading 14 RBI on the season, which equals his total number of RBI in his first two seasons combined.
-Senior outfielder Ryan Owens registered four straight multi-hit games before being held hitless in the final game of the series at FDU. Owens went 8-for-15 (.533) with two doubles, a home run and six RBI during the streak.
-Freshman reliever Michael Kuypers hasn't surrendered an earned run since his collegiate debut at Jacksonville in the team's season opener. Kuypers has thrown 7.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, and has struck out eight while yielding just four hits during the stretch.  
-Freshman first baseman Vaughn Parker leads all Mountaineers with a .405 on-base percentage and is tied for second on the team with seven walks.

Batting Average (min 20 AB): Ryan Owens (.308), Zach Hostetter (.303), Vaughn Parker (.267)
Hits: Owens (16), Hostetter (10), Patrick Causa (9)
Runs: Hostetter (7), Causa (6), Parker (6)
RBI: Tyler Post (14), Owens (9), Causa (7)
ERA (min 10.0 IP): Michael Kuypers (1.59), Chad Diehl (5.09), Hunter Shuff (6.94)
Strikeouts: Diehl (12), Kuypers (11), Shuff (9), Connor Graber (9)

The Seahawks dropped two of three against Fordham over the weekend to fall to 4-9 overall on the season. Wagner is hitting .268 as a team and owns a 5.03 ERA through the opening 13 games. Nick Mascelli (.426), Ben Ruta (.327) and Phil Capra (.310) are the top three hitters on the squad and are all tied for the team-lead in RBI with seven apiece. Austin Goeke heads the Wagner staff, leading the Seahawks with a 2.45 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.

The Mountaineers and Seahawks have met 84 times in series history with Wagner holding a 47-37 edge, including a 30-14 mark away from home. The teams split the four-game series last season as the Mount collected a 6-5 win in extra innings and an 8-6 victory in the middle pair of games.

The Mountaineers travel to Towson for a single game on Wednesday, March 30, with opening pitch set for 3:30 p.m.