Emmitsburg, Md. (April 20, 2018) - 13 hits helped lead the Mount baseball team over Fairleigh Dickinson 8-4 in the first game of the series on Friday afternoon. Alex Kriss, Patrick Causa, Randall Minogue, and Zack Costello each recorded a multi-hit game for the Mountaineers in the win. Junior, Patrick Causa led the Mount offense going 2 for 4 with three runs batted in, two doubles, and a run scored. Senior, Noah Smith pitched 3.2 scoreless frames while giving up just two hits and striking out one batter for Mount St. Mary's in relief.
The Knights jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning, one run in the top of the second inning, and one more run in the top of the third inning. Fairleigh Dickinson got on the board in the first with two RBI singles from Mike Veit and Evan McDonald. Brandon Seltzer hit a RBI double in the second inning that plated Owen Vonesslinger and in the third inning, McDonald homered to left center field for the fourth run of the game for the Knights.
The Mountaineers started to climb back into the game in the bottom of the third by scoring their first run of the game. With runners on first and third with one out, Patrick Causa hit a sacrifice fly to center field that brought Myles Nicholson home to cross the plate to put the Mount on the board. After driving in their first run, Mount St. Mary's scored seven unanswered runs to finish out the game behind their strong pitching. The Mount plated one run in the fourth, and two runs each in the fifth, sixth, and seventh bottom half of the innings.
After Randall Minogue tripled off the top of the right center wall to lead things off in the fourth, Zack Costello brought him in to cross the plate off of a single through the left side of the infield. The Mount tied the game up at four runs apiece after scoring two runs in the fifth inning off the bats of Vaughn Parker II and Minogue. The Mountaineers broke the tie game in the next inning when Patrick Causa hit his second double of the game that plated Alex Kriss and Jared Urban.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Jared Urban hit a floater that landed in front of the center fielder that scored Brendan Dabagian for the seventh run of the game for the Mount. The next batter, Nicholson, picked up a sacrifice fly to center field that plated Costello for Mount St. Mary's eighth run of the ballgame.
With the tying run on-deck for Fairleigh Dickinson, freshman, Jordan Geber was brought into the game and picked up his second save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning for the Mountaineers.
Noah Smith (1-0) received the win for Mount St. Mary's and Austin Crebs (0-5) recorded the loss for the Knights while the save goes to Geber (2). The Mountaineers move to 11-22 on the season with a 5-9 mark in Northeast Conference (NEC) play and Fairleigh Dickinson drops to 8-22 on the season with a 0-11 mark in NEC play.
These two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow with the first game starting at 1 PM.