Punta Gorda, Fla. (March 3, 2018) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team edged Georgetown 4-3 in a late inning thriller on Saturday afternoon. Starting pitcher, Michael Collins, pitched 5.2 innings, allowed just four hits, gave up one earned run, and struck out two batters on the day. Jordan Geber picked up the first save of his career while pitching 2.1 innings, giving up no runs on one hit, and striking out three. Myles Nicholson went 1 for 2 with a single, two stolen bases, and two runs scored and Pat Daly went 1 for 4 with a double, a run scored, and three RBI's to lead the Mount.
The Hoyas jumped out to the early lead by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Sammy Stevens singled through the right hand side that plated Austin Shirley for first run of the game. Stevens later scored after Eddie McCabe reached base on a fielding error for Georgetown's second run of the game.
The Mount answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning to even the game up at two runs apiece. Nicholson singled to left field and then stole second base to get things started for the Mountaineers. Nicholson crossed the plate after Daly reached on a fielding error for Mount St. Mary's first run. Daly scored an unearned run after a throwing error by the catcher.
After two scoreless innings, The Mountaineers grabbed a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Nicholson led off the inning with a walk and Alex Kriss reached first on an error by the shortstop. The next batter, Patrick Causa, worked a walk to load the bases with no outs. Daly hit a two RBI double down the right field line to put the Mount on top heading into the sixth inning.
Georgetown tried to crawl back into the game but could only muster up one more run in the game. With two outs and the bases loaded, Stevens walked to plate the Hoyas third run of the game. The Mountaineers went to freshman pitcher, Geber after the bases loaded walk by Michael Yetter. Geber struck out the next batter to preserve the lead for the Mount heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
In the top of the ninth with Geber still pitching for Mount St. Mary's, the Hoyas had a chance to tie the game or take the lead with two outs and runners on second and first base. Michael DeRenzi hit a line drive to center field and center fielder, Jared Urban made a game-saving diving catch to end the game.
Collins (1-1) received the win for Mount St. Mary's while Nick Morreale (0-2) picked up the loss for Georgetown on the day and Geber (1) recorded the save for the Mountaineers.
The Mount returns home Wednesday, March 7, for a mid-week game against Bucknell at 3:00 PM.