Darien, Connecticut (March 25, 2018) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team split a doubleheader against Sacred Heart at Darien High School on Sunday to begin Northeast Conference (NEC) play. The Mount edged the Pioneers 7-6 in the first game but the Pioneers took the second game 11-5.
GAME 1: Mount 7, Sacred Heart 6
Strong relief pitching from Michael Kuypers and a five run top of the sixth help Mount St. Mary's edge Sacred Heart 7-6 in the first game of the doubleheader. Freshmen, Myles Nicholson and Andrew Malone each recorded multi-hit games to help lead the Mount offense. Malone went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored and Nicholson went 2 for 4 with two singles. Kuypers pitched 5.0 innings, gave up two runs on two hits and struck out three batters.
Sacred Heart grabbed the early lead in the bottom of the second inning after Stephen Thibault walked with the bases loaded to bring in Cody Doyle. The Mountaineers evened the game at 1-1 before the Pioneers put three straight runs on the board. Patrick Causa hit a sacrifice fly to plate Jared Urban for Mount St. Mary's first run of the game in the top of the third inning. Kyle Oliver scored for Sacred Heart off of a double from PJ DeFillipo in the bottom of the third inning to regain the lead. The Pioneers plated two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning off of a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-1 game.
The Mount chipped into the lead by scoring one run in the top of the fifth inning before erupting for five runs in the top of the sixth to take a 7-4 advantage. Urban came home to cross the plate on a sacrifice fly from Causa for Mount St. Mary's run in the fifth. Thomas Savastio walked home to score after Randall Minogue was hit by a pitch to start the scoring for the Mountaineers in top of the sixth and Urban was plated off of an error for the Mount's fifth run of the inning.
Sacred Heart climbed back in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 7-6 game but the comeback fell short as the Pioneers could not muster up any more runs in the game. Dan Schock hit a two-run homerun in the sixth inning for Sacred Heart's last two runs of the game.
Kuypers (2-0) picked up the win for the Mountaineers in game one and Brent Teller (3-2) received the loss for the Pioneers.
GAME 2: Sacred Heart 11, Mount 5
A six run bottom of the sixth inning propels Sacred Heart past Mount St. Mary's 11-5 in the second game of the doubleheader. Causa, Savastio, Minogue, and Zack Costello each tabbed multiple hits in the loss and combined for four of the Mount's five runs batted in. Savastio recorded a 2 for 4 game with a double, his first homerun of the season, two runs scored, and two runs batted in. Noah Smith pitched one inning in relief while giving up no runs and only allowing one hit.
The Mountaineers and Pioneers each traded two runs in the second inning to even everything up after two innings of play. Savastio doubled down the left field line with one out and was brought home on a double down the right field line from Minogue for the Mount's first run of the game. Minogue scored later in the inning off of a RBI single from Urban for the second run of the inning. Sacred Heart plated two runs in the bottom half of the inning off of a Jake Frasca RBI single and Frasca scored later in the inning off of a fielding error.
The Mount added three more runs in the top of the third inning to jump out to a 5-2 lead. After Causa doubled to left-center field, Savastio homered to left field that brought Causa home to cross the plate. The next batter, Minogue, doubled down the right field line and later scored off of a RBI double to left center field from Costello.
The Pioneers exploded for nine unanswered runs, one run in the bottom of the fourth inning, six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and two runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it an 11-5 game. Sacred Heart held the Mount scoreless for the rest of the game to preserve the win in the second game of the doubleheader. The scoring was highlighted by a three RBI double off of the bat of Schock that plated Thibault, Elijah Brown, and Capoziello in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Baylor Sundahl (1-1) picked up the win for Sacred Heart and Jordan Geber (0-1) received the loss for Mount St. Mary's. With the doubleheader split, the Mount's jumps to a 4-11 record with a 1-1 mark in conference play and the Pioneers tab a 5-12 record with a 1-1 mark in conference play as well.
The Mountaineers travel to Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday, March 27 for a mid-week doubleheader with the first game beginning at 1 PM.