Emmitsburg, Md. (February 22, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team has announced that Michael Kuypers, Alex Kriss, Andrew Malone, and Trey McGough were selected by the team to be the captains for the 2019 season.
"The team has selected Alex Kriss, Michael Kuypers, Trey McGough and Andrew Malone to lead this year's team," said Head Coach Scott Thomson." "I believe that all four of these young men have great leadership qualities and will definitely help lead on and off the field."
Kuypers handled all types of pitching duties for Mount St. Mary's last season, starting a ballgame and coming in as a reliever. The red-shirt junior appeared in 12 games, pitched 43.0 innings, recorded 26 strikeouts, tabbed 15.2 scoreless innings pitched during the 2018 season. The Chalfont, Pa. native led the team in ERA (3.14), tied for first on the squad with wins (4), allowed only three earned runs in 20 innings of work in May, and registered multiple strikeouts in the last five out of six games of the season. Kuypers was named to the CPL National All-Star Team and his best game came in the Mount's 3-1 loss against Wagner in the NEC Tournament, where he pitched seven shutout innings in relief while he struck out three batters that kept Mount St. Mary's within striking distance of the Seahawks.
Kriss is coming off his best season for the Mountaineers. The senior second baseman went 61-200 (.305) with 33 runs scored, 22 runs batted in, 11 doubles, five home runs, four stolen bases, one triple, finished with a .375 on-base percentage, and recorded a .445 slugging percentage during his junior year campaign. The Forrest Hill, Md. native finished tied for seventh in the Northeast Conference in hits (61) while he ranked first on the team in hits, second in average, tied for second in home runs, third in runs scored and doubles, and fourth in RBIs and slugging percentage. As one half of the dynamic infield duo for the Mount, he tallied 15 multi-hit games and was named to the All-NEC Second Team. Kriss recorded his best game of the year in the Mountaineer's 7-0 win over Sacred Heart, he went a perfect 4-4 with three doubles, three RBIs, two runs scored, and a home run to lead the Mount.
Malone finished his freshman campaign going 20-76 (.263) at the dish in his first season, tabbed a .364 on-base percentage, recorded 11 runs batted in, tabbed 10 runs scored, and tallied five multi-hit games. The Williamsport, Pa. native hit three doubles, smashed one homerun, pitched 11 inning and appeared in six games. Malone went 0-2 with two games started, tabbed a 5.73 ERA, struck out eight batters. In the Mountaineers' 15-5 win over Coppin State, he went 3 for 6 with five runs batted in, two runs scored, and his first career homerun.
McGough was the Mount's number one ace during his sophomore season. The junior tabbed a 4-7 record in 14 appearances with 13 games started, led the team in innings pitched (76.1), strikeouts (62), and in complete games (4), tied for the team high in wins (4), and ranked third on the team in ERA (5.31). The Johnstown, Pa. native recorded third in the Northeast Conference (NEC) in batters struck out looking (22), tabbed seventh in the NEC in opposing batting average (.264) and in strikeouts (62). McGough was named to the All-NEC First Team, and in Mount St. Mary's 6-1 win over Bryant, he earned the win, pitched a complete nine inning game, struck out eight batters, and allowed just one run.