Emmitsburg, Md. (March 30, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team was swept by UMBC in double header action on Saturday afternoon. The Retrievers edged the Mountaineers 6-5 in the first game of the double header and topped the Mount 10-4 in the second game of the double header.
GAME 1: UMBC 6, Mount St. Mary's 5
The Mountaineers' first five hitters in the lineup combined for nine of the team's 13 hits in game one. Myles Nicholson, Alex Kriss, Pat Daly, Zack Costello, and Bryant Shives all tabbed multi-hit games for Mount St. Mary's while they combined for four runs scored, three runs batted in, and three doubles.
After Mount St. Mary's plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, the game headed into the seventh inning with both teams even at 5-5. For the Mount in the fifth, Patrick Causa led off the bottom half of the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to third the next at bat after Pat Daly hit a double to center field. Causa came home to cross the plate off of a Zack Costello RBI single to right field. Sean Kelly brought Daly home after he hit a pinch hit sacrifice fly to center field for the second run of the inning but that was all the Mountaineers scored.
In the top of the seventh, UMBC (11-11) grabbed the 6-5 lead off of a pinch hit RBI single from Colin Casey that plated Ryan Brown. The Mount (9-15) had a chance to tie the game or win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning but was shut down by UMBC's Stephen Schock that preserved the win for the Retrievers.
Pat Daly led off the bottom of the seventh frame with a single to left center for Mount St. Mary's. Daly advanced to second off of an infield single to the shortstop from Zack Costello that put runners on first and second with no outs. Sean Kelly reached on a fielder's choice but Daly was thrown out at third for the first out. Thomas Savastio popped up to the second baseman for the second out and Bryant Shives worked the count to 3-2 but struck out swinging for the last out of the game.
The Retrievers scored four runs in the first two innings and added one run in the top of the fourth for their first five runs of the game. UMBC's runs were plated from a two run homer from Christian Torres in the first, a wild pitch in the second, a RBI double from Terrence Pinkston in the second, and a fielder's choice with the bases loaded in the fourth.
The Mountaineers plated one run in the bottom of the first, and two more runs in the bottom of the third before they pushed the other two runs of the game on the board in the fifth. In the first, Myles Nicholson scored from first on a throwing error by the third baseman after Alex Kriss hit a ground ball to third. In the third, Myles Nicholson hit a RBI double to left field, and Kriss followed that with a RBI double of his own down the left field line.
Christian Torres led the Retrievers offense in the first game after he hit a two run home run and scored a run. Colin Casey came through with a big pinch hit RBI single for UMBC.
Stephen Schock (2-1) earned the win for UMBC and Ryan Florio (0-2) picked up the loss for the Mountaineers.
GAME 2: UMBC 10, Mount St. Mary's 4
The senior duo of Alex Kriss and Patrick Causa led the Mountaineers in game two as they combined for four of the team's six hits, three doubles, two runs scored, and two of the team's four RBI. Thomas Savastio and Zack Costello added the other two runs batted in while CJ Kozorosky picked up a pinch hit double for Mount St. Mary's.
The Retrievers plated at least one run in every inning except for the third and fourth innings. The UMBC scoring was highlighted by a Christian Torres RBI double in the first, a Terrence Pinkston RBI double in the second, a Terrence Pinkston inside the park home run in the sixth, and a Joey Goodwin solo homer in the sixth.
The Mount drove in one run in the each of the third, fourth, sixth, and seventh innings for their four runs of the ballgame. In the first inning, Alex Kriss hit a double down the left field line and was brought home to cross the plate off of a throwing error by the pitcher in the next at bat for Mount St. Mary's first run of the game. In the fourth inning, Thomas Savastio hit his second home run in the last two days and his second homer of the season.
Patrick Causa led off the bottom of the sixth frame with a double to left center and was plated later in the inning off of RBI groundout from Zack Costello. In the seventh, CJ Kozorosky hit a pinch hit double down the right field line to lead off the inning and was brought home to cross the plate later in the inning after Alex Kriss hit his second double of the game for his team leading 25th run batted in of the season.
Terrence Pinkston and Joey Goodwin led the Retrievers offense after they combined for five hits, five RBI, four runs scored, two doubles, and two home runs. UMBC's pitchers, Max Goron, Greg Albert, and Colton Bare allowed just three earned runs off of six hits and struck out five batters that kept the Mountaineers' bats quiet.
Max Goron (2-1) recorded the win for UMBC and Wyatt Stuckey (1-1) picked up the loss for Mount St. Mary's.
The Mount and the Retrievers will finish the four game series tomorrow, March 30 with a game at 1 PM.