Emmitsburg, Md. (April 27, 2019) - The Mount St. Mary's baseball team dropped both games of the double header against Central Connecticut on Saturday at E.T. Straw Family Stadium. The Blue Devils climbed back to win both games, 14-9 in extra innings in game one, and 9-8 in game two that gave them the series win no matter what the outcome is in the series finale tomorrow. Red-shirt sophomore Pat Daly led the Mountaineers offense after he combined for a 6-for-10 day at the plate with one run scored.
GAME 1: Central Connecticut State 14, Mount St. Mary's 9
Owen Wosleger, Pat Daly, and Zack Costello each tabbed multi-hit games for the Mount and combined for eight of the team's 12 hits in the loss. Costello went 3-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored, two doubles, and his fifth home run of the 2019 season. Myles Nicholson recorded his third home run of the season and stole his team leading 34 bag of the year. Patrick Causa picked up the only other extra base hit of the game with a double while Wosleger tallied three stolen bases. Michael Kuypers pitched a strong five frames in relief while he only allowed one run and struck out six. In the start, Trey McGough pitched 5.2 innings and fanned 11 batters to increase his k's number on the year to 51.
After Central Connecticut held the Mountaineers scoreless in the bottom of the seventh and bottom of the eighth, a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth from Zack Costello evened the game at nine runs apiece.
The Blue Devils erupted for five runs in the top of inning number 12 to take a commanding 14-9 lead and Jared Gallagher pitched a scoreless bottom half of the inning that preserved the win. Dave Matthews and Buddy Dewaine each hit RBI singles while Jake Siracusa tabbed a three-run home run that broke the game open.
Mount St. Mary's (13-28, 6-11 NEC) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and held a 8-4 advantage after four innings of play before Central Connecticut (17-16, 7-7 NEC) rallied for five straight runs to take a one run lead, 9-8, with the game headed into the bottom of the seventh. Zack Costello hit a RBI double in the bottom of the second and Myles Nicholson hit a homer later in the inning.
For Central Connecticut, Dave Matthews hit a two-run homer in the top of the fourth, Peyton Stephens tallied a solo home run in the sixth,
Eight Blue Devils recorded multi-hit games while TT Bowens, Dave Matthews, Buddy Dewaine, Jake Siracusa, and Peyton Stephens each tabbed a multi-RBI game. Matthews went 3-for-7 with four runs batted in, two runs scored, and a home run.
Jared Gallagher (2-0) earned the win for Central Connecticut after he threw the final four frames and only allowed one run while Dennis Snyder (0-5) picked up the loss for the Mount.
GAME 2: Central Connecticut State 9, Mount St. Mary's 8
Five Mountaineers, Myles Nicholson, Owen Wosleger, Patrick Causa, Alex Kriss, and Pat Daly picked up at least two hits in game two. Causa led the Mount offense with four RBI, his number 10 and 11 home runs on the year, and two runs scored in the loss. Wosleger added three runs scored, and two runs batted in in the number two spot in the lineup. Jordan Geber turned in his best outing of the year after he started and pitched a dominant seven frames while he struck out nine batters in the no decision.
Down to their last out in the top of the ninth down by two, the Blue Devils rallied for three runs to take a one run lead, 9-8. Mike Appel shut the Mount down in the bottom of the ninth with three strikeouts swinging that preserved the double header sweep. Jack Nolan tabbed a RBI single, Matt Bertochi recorded a RBI double, and Chandler Debrosse hit a RBI single.
Trailing 4-2 in the top of the eighth, Central Connecticut pushed four runs across the board that gave them a 6-4 advantage before Mount St. Mary's plated four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead, 8-6. Chandler Debrosse highlighted the top of the eighth with a two RBI double to right center that scored Matt Bertochi and Dan Covino on the play.
For the Mountaineers in the bottom half of the eighth, Owen Wosleger hit a two RBI single that brought CJ Kozorosky and Jared Urban home to cross the plate. The next batter, Patrick Causa, hit a two-run bomb to right center field.
Mount St. Mary's plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the first before the Blue Devils scored two runs in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Patrick Causa hit his first homer of the game over the left center field wall. For Central Connecticut in the top of the second, Peyton Stephens hit a two-run home run to right field that gave them the lead.
The Mountaineers obtained the advantage again in the bottom of the third after they scored two runs and they added one run in the bottom of the fifth that gave them a 4-2 lead. Causa and Costello highlighted the scoring with RBI singles each.
Michael Delease (2-1) recorded the win for the Blue Devils and Brenden Kennedy (4-5) tabbed the loss for Mount St. Mary's while Mike Appel (2) earned his second save of the year.
The Mount and Central Connecticut will finish up the three game series tomorrow, April 28 at 1 PM.