Port Charlotte, Fla. (March 9, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team was topped by Ball State 12-9 in a high scoring affair on Saturday afternoon. Alex Kriss, Patrick Causa, and Zack Costello combined for seven hits, five runs batted in, one double, one run scored, and a home run to lead the Mount offense. Costello went 3-for-6 with two RBI, one run scored, and a home run. Thomas Savastio and Ryan Fisher added multi-hit games for the Mountaineers in the loss. Noah Smith still has not allowed an earned run on the year after he pitched two innings in relief while striking out one batter.
With the game tied at six a piece, Ball State erupted to score six runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 12-6 lead before the Mount battled back again for the third time after they plated two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Mount St. Mary's loaded the bases again in the bottom of the ninth but could only plate one more run to come up short of Ball State 12-9. The Cards' scoring was highlighted by a two RBI single from Ricotta and another RBI double from Navarro. Zack Costello hit a two RBI home run to left field for the Mountaineers' two runs in the eighth inning. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Jared Urban worked a walk and advanced to second on a single from Alex Kriss. The next batter, Patrick Causa was hit by a pitch that brought the tying run to the plate. Sean Kelly hit a sacrifice fly that brought Urban home to score and again brought the tying run to the plate, this time with two outs. Costello worked the count to 2-2 but struck out swinging to end the game.
The Cardinals (8-7) struck first in the game in the top of the first and top of the third innings to take a early 3-0 lead before Mount St. Mary's (5-6) plated their first run of the game in the bottom of the third. With one out in the top half of inning number one, Navarro singled through the left side of the infield and was later brought home to cross the plate off of a Messina RBI double to right center for Ball State's first run of the game. Peltier singled and stole second to start inning number three for the Cardinals and later scored when Murphy hit a sacrifice fly RBI to right field. Messina hit his second RBI double of the day in the third that plated Simpson for the second run of the inning. For the Mount in the third, Myles Nicholson led off with a double to left field and came home to score off of a RBI single from Patrick Causa for the Mountaineers' first run of the game.
Ball State added two more runs in the fourth inning compared to the Mount's one run in the fourth inning. Ricotta and Baker scored the two runs for the Cardinals off of a throwing error to make it a 5-1 ballgame. Pat Daly forced a walk with the bases loaded with one out in the bottom half of the inning that scored Sean Kelly for the Mount's lone run of the inning.
The Mount scored three runs to climb back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth to erase the initial 5-1 deficit to start the game. Ball State grabbed the lead again however in the top of the seventh inning to make it a 6-5 game. Ryan Fisher hit a solo home run over the right field wall for the Mountaineers' first run of the inning and for his first career home run. Simpson plated Bolton off of a sacrifice fly to left field to regain the lead for the Cardinals.
Mount St. Mary's loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning but only came away with one run that tied the game at 6-6 after seven innings of play. Sean Kelly, and Thomas Savastio worked a walk while Ryan Fisher was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. The next batter Ryan Haddaway laid down a picture perfect sacrifice bunt that brought Kelly running home to cross the plate.
Peltier and Messina combined for six hits, three RBI, three runs scored, and two doubles to lead Ball State while the first four in the Cardinal's lineup each recorded two runs batted in. McGill (1-0) was tabbed with the win while Burns earned the save for Ball State and Dennis Snyder (0-1) picked up the loss for Mount St. Mary's.
The Mount return to Maryland for a mid-week matchup at UMBC on Tuesday, March 12 at 6 PM.