Port Charlotte, Fla. (March 2, 2019) - Mount St. Mary's baseball bounced back in game two to split double-header against Chicago State on Saturday night in Port Charlotte, Fla. Chicago State plated two runs late in game one and held off the Mountaineers for the 5-3 win while the Mount bounced back in game two to score nine runs on nine hits to earn the 9-3 victory. Mount St. Mary's moves to 2-3 so far on the year with the split while the Cougars are 2-6 to begin the 2019 season.
GAME 1: Chicago State 5, Mount St. Mary's 3
Mount St. Mary's (1-3) held a one run lead, 2-1, after three innings of play. Chicago State (2-5) scored four straight runs, two in the fourth inning and two in the fifth inning, and closed out the game only allowed the Mountaineers to plate one more run for the 5-3 win. In the top of the fourth, Cole Hansel brought Tyler Lowe and Reggie Brock Jr. home to score with a two RBI single. Andy Gaytan and Matt Sullivan crossed the plate in the top of the fifth inning off of a throwing error and a Brock Jr. single. For Mount St. Mary's in the bottom of the fifth, freshman Bryant Shives forced a walk to lead off the inning, advanced to third with two outs, and was plated off of a RBI single from Thomas Bramely.
Freshman Ryan Fisher and Thomas Bramely picked up their first career hit with the Mount while Bramely also picked up his first career RBI. Senior Alex Kriss went 1-for-1 with a RBI double and a run scored to lead the Mountaineers before he was forced to exit the game due to injury. Brett Gregory (1-1) pitched five solid innings while he only allowed three runs in the win for Chicago State while Kyle Merkel (1) came in to close the door to earn the save. Trey McGough (1-1) only allowed two earned runs and struck out three batters but still came away with the loss.
The Mount jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after scoring two runs in the bottom of the first before the Cougars plated their first run of the ballgame in the top of the second inning. Myles Nicholson led off the first for Mount St. Mary's with a walk and then stole second base before he was brought home to cross the plate off of an Alex Kriss RBI double. Kriss scored on a two out RBI single off the bat of Thomas Savastio.
GAME 2: Mount St. Mary's 9, Chicago State 3
After four innings of play in game two, everything was knotted up at three runs a piece before Mount St. Mary's (2-3) put up six consecutive runs on the board for the 9-3 win over the Cougars (2-6). The scoring frenzy began in the top of the fifth when the Mount brought all nine batters to the plate and scored four runs on six hits. The Mountaineers added one run in the top of the sixth and one more run in the top of the seventh.
Myles Nicholson led off the fifth inning with his second triple of the year and came home to cross the plate off of Ryan Fisher's first career RBI single. With one out, senior Patrick Causa hit a RBI double that brought home Fisher for the second run of the inning. After Thomas Savastio walked, Sean Kelly plated Causa off of an RBI single and Kelly scored later in the inning off of freshman Bryant Shives' first career RBI single for the fourth run of the inning. In the top of the sixth, Nicholson scored his third run of the game after Ryan Haddaway grounded out to the third baseman for his first career RBI as well. Owen Wosleger scored the last run of the game for the Mount off of a throwing error by the pitcher.
Myles Nicholson and Zack Costello each has multi-hit games for Mount St. Mary's. Nicholson went 2-for-2 with three runs scored, three stolen bases, a triple, and one run batted in while Costello hit (.500) 2-for-4 with one run scored. Sean Kelly and Patrick Causa each added a one hit day while combing for three runs scored and three runs batted in. Michael Kuypers (1-0) pitched a complete game for the Mount while not allowing an earned run and he struck out six batters in a solid night at work. Blake Kaplan (0-1) picked up the loss for Chicago State.
The Mountaineers plated the first run of the game in the top of the first inning before the Cougars scored two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first. Myles Nicholson came home to cross the plate after a sacrifice fly off the bat of Patrick Causa. In the bottom of the first, Tyler Lowe and Zack Stockton were plated off of a throwing error for Chicago State's two runs of the inning that pushed the Cougars ahead 2-1 after one inning of play. Sean Kelly and Zack Costello scored the two runs for Mount St. Mary's in the top half of the second while Chicago State added one run in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 3-3.