Port Charlotte, Fla. (February 25, 2018) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team was downed 16-5 by Minnesota on Sunday. Patrick Causa went 2 for 3 on the day and drove in two of the Mount's five runs scored. The graduate transfer, Randall Minogue, recorded a 3 for 4 game with one run scored in his first game with Mount St. Mary's. Two freshmen, CJ Kozorosky and Andrew Revels picked up their first career hit in the loss, while sophomore, A.J. Narcise added a pinch-hit single for his first hit on the year. Freshman, Jordan Geber pitched 1.1 innings in relief while only giving up one hit and striking out one batter in his first career appearance.
The Gophers scored three runs before the Mountaineers could get on the board. Minnesota plated one run in the bottom of the second inning and two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Eduardo Estrada hit a double to right center off of the Mount starter, Michael Collins, that brought Ben Mezzenga home for the first run of the game. Mezzenga hit a RBI single in the fourth inning to start the scoring and Max Meyer brought Mezzenga in to cross the plate with a double to centerfield.
The Mount cut the deficit to one run in the top of the fifth, the Gophers were still up 3-2 after five and a half innings. Causa singled to right centerfield that brought home Thomas Savastio and Kozorosky.
Minnesota answered the Mountaineers' two runs in the top of the fifth with 13 unanswered runs of their own. The Gophers scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, two in the bottom of the sixth inning, and erupted for eight more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Micah Coffey started the scoring for Minnesota with a RBI double down the right field line that plated Terrin Vavra and Eli Wilson finished the scoring for the Gophers with a two RBI homer to left field. Vavra finished the day 3 for 6 with three RBI's and Wilson ended the game 2 for 2 with two runs batted in and a homerun.
The Mountaineers scored three runs in the top of the ninth but the damage was already done. After Minogue singled and Andrew Malone was hit by a pitch, Narcise brought Minogue in to cross the plate with a single and an error on the throw. Malone was plated one batter later off of a fielder's choice for Mount St. Mary's second run of the inning. Revels singled to the pitcher and Narcise came running home to cross the plate for the Mount's fifth run of the game.
Collins (0-1) picked up the loss for the Mountaineers and Jackson Rose (1-0) recorded the win for the Gophers. The Mount drops to 1-2 on the season and Minnesota jumps to 5-2.
Mount St. Mary's is back in action Monday, February 26 at 1:00 PM for the first game of three against St. Bonaventure.