Baltimore, Md. (March 9, 2018) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team was edged 9-7 by UMBC on Friday afternoon. Vaughn Parker II and Thomas Savastio recorded multi-hit games for the Mount while driving in five of the six runs batted in on the day. Parker went 2 for 4 with a double, a homerun, and three RBI's while Savastio went 2 for 4 with two singles, and two RBI's. Michael Kuypers pitched 3.0 innings in relief while only giving up one run on three hits to finish up the game for the Mount.
The Retrievers jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first to make it a 1-0 game. With two outs, Zack Bright got UMBC on the scoreboard with a solo homerun to left field. The Mountaineers answered by scoring one run in the top of the second inning on a RBI single by Savastio that plated Pat Daly. After adding another run in the bottom of the second inning, UMBC grabbed a 2-1 lead after two innings of play.
Mount St. Mary's plated two runs in the top of the third inning to take the lead back, 3-2. With the bases loaded and just one out, Daly forced a walk that brought Alex Kriss home to tie the game at two apiece. Savastio singled with the bases loaded that plated Patrick Causa for the second run scored in the inning. The Retrievers battled back to take the lead in the bottom half of the inning to make it a 5-3 game heading into the fourth inning. Dmitri Floyd hit a three-run homerun to left field that brought Dalton Stewart and AJ Wright home with him to cross the plate.
The Mount scored two more runs in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at 5-5. Jared Urban walked to start the inning and was plated on a fielding error by the third baseman for the first run of the inning. For the second run, Parker doubled to left field that scored Kriss from second base.
UMBC scored four unanswered runs, two in the bottom of the fourth, one in the bottom of the sixth, and one more run in the bottom of the seventh, to secure a 9-5 lead. Collin Stack started the scoring for the Retrievers by crossing the plate after a throwing error in the bottom of the fourth inning and Stack ended the scoring by hitting a RBI triple to center field that plated Mitch Carrol.
The Mountaineers climbed back a little bit in the top of the eighth inning but fell two runs short of the comeback. Parker hit a two-run homerun to left field with two outs that brought Causa home to cross the plate. Stephen Schoch recorded his second save of the season for UMBC pitching 1.0 inning, giving up no hits, and striking out two batters to help secure the Retrievers with the 9-7 win. Mount St. Mary's falls to 3-6 on the season and UMBC climbs to 2-7.
Andrew Malone (1-1) picked up the loss for the Mount and Max Goron (1-0) received the win for the Retrievers.
Mount St. Mary's will play a game against Hofstra Saturday, March 10 at 11:00 AM and this game will be held at UMBC.