Emmitsburg, Md. (March 26, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team was clipped by Coppin State 4-2 on Tuesday afternoon. Senior Alex Kriss recorded the only two runs batted in on the game for the Mountaineers and sophomore Myles Nicholson tabbed a multi-hit game for the tenth time this year. Nicholson also added another multi-steal game for the ninth time so far on the 2019 season. The Falling Waters, W.V. native now has 25 stolen bases this season.
Thomas Savastio, Trevor Leamer, and Ryan Haddaway picked up the other three hits for the Mount in the loss. Brenden Kennedy started the game for Mount St. Mary's and pitched a solid five scoreless innings while he only allowed two hits in the no decision.
Nazier McIlwain and Justin Banks led the Eagles' offense by combining for four hits, three runs scored, two RBI, a double, and a home run. Carlos Alviarez and Connor Walker recorded the other two runs batted in for Coppin State. Matt Urban, Bradley Tuttle, and Corey Treyes pitched five scoreless innings for the Eagles' and they allowed no hits in relief appearances.
Mount St. Mary's (8-11, 3-3 NEC) plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning and added one more run in the bottom half of the fifth to take a 2-0 lead after five innings of play. In the bottom of the third with one out, Myles Nicholson hit a single up the middle and advanced to second off of a failed pickoff attempt by the pitcher. A couple of pitches later, Nicholson stole third base. The next at bat, Alex Kriss brought Nicholson in to cross the plate off of a sacrifice fly to right field.
In the bottom of the fifth frame, Ryan Haddaway led off with an infield single. CJ Kozorosky pinch ran for Haddaway and stole second base. Kozorosky advanced to third after Myles Nicholson beat out an infield single as well. Alex Kriss drove in Kozorosky after he hit his second sacrifice fly of the game, this time to center field.
Coppin State (12-8, 5-1 MEAC) scored two unanswered runs after being shut out for five innings to force extra innings. In the top of the sixth inning, Carlos Alviarez hit a RBI single to right field that scored Justin Banks for the Eagles' first run of the game. In the top half of the eighth inning after two straight hits to lead off the inning, Banks singled up the middle that plated Derek Lohr to even the game at 2-2.
Coppin State loaded the bases in the top of the eighth after they scored their second run of the game but the Mount's Ryan Florio came in to pitch and got out of the jam to keep the ballgame tied. Florio got the first batter he faced to hit a ground ball to the second baseman, Alex Kriss, who threw the ball home to get the force out. Florio then tabbed two big strikeouts to end the inning.
The Eagles' brought two runs in to score in the top of the tenth inning and shut the Mountaineers down in the bottom of the frame to preserve the 4-2 win. Nazier McIlwain hit a home run over the right field wall to lead off the inning. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Connor Walker forced a walk that plated Justin Banks for Coppin State's second run of the inning. The Eagles' Corey Treyes came in to pitch the bottom of the tenth and shut down the Mount to earn his third save of the year.
Bradley Tuttle (1-0) recorded the win for Coppin State while Corey Treyes (3) earned his third save of the year. Ryan Florio (0-1) picked up the loss for the Mountaineers after he gave up two runs in the top of the tenth inning.
Mount St. Mary's travels to Maryland Eastern Shore tomorrow for a mid-week double header with the first game scheduled for 1 PM.