Baseball Drops Two Against St. Bonaventure

Photo of Andrew Clow
Photo courtesy of Mount Athletics

The baseball team fell to St. Bonaventure in back to back games at home in a double header on  Sunday. Originally scheduled as a home game, the contest was forced to Harford Sports Complex in Bel Air, MD due to inclement weather.

Senior Andrew Clow was an impressive 4-for-8 at the plate in the twin bill. His performance included a double, a run and an RBI.

The Mountaineers started fast in the bottom of the first when senior Jay Knight singled and stole second. Clow drove him in with a double to make it 1-0. Senior Kory Britton singled to move Clow over to third base, which allowed him to score on the ensuing wild pitch.

Down 2-0 in the early goings, the Bonnies tacked on a run in the top of the second. Two more runs in the fourth and fifth innings gave them a decisive 3-2 lead. St. Bonaventure’s Aaron Phillips delivered with a 2-run single in the seventh inning to bring the game to its final tally of 5-2.

In the loss, junior Thomas Williams started on the hill and allowed four earned runs while striking out five. Junior Kevin Myers provided 2 and 2/3 innings of relief and allowed no runs.

In game two, the Bonnies struck first with a run in the top of the first. The Mountaineers quickly battled back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second.

Britton began the scoring parade with a double to right center field. Junior Zach Hostetter was able to score Britton with a triple of his own. Freshman Brian Parreira provided the final boost of power with a two-run home run that put the Mount on top 3-1.

The Mount offense would be silenced for the rest of the afternoon. The Bonnies put up four runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth. It was sloppy play from the Mount in the form of walks and errant throws that allowed St. Bonaventure to pad their lead. Ultimately, these miscues were too much to overcome, and the Mount suffered a 5-3 loss in game two.

Junior Chad Diehl started on the hill and suffered his first loss of the season. He allowed two earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched.

For the Mountaineers to get back in the right direction, head coach Scott Thomson knows it will begin with cutting down on miscues. “Good defense, pour the ball in the strike zone and cut down on walks and have good team at bats and stay within ourselves,” Thomson said.

The baseball team will have another chance to avenge their early season woes when they face off against George Washington this afternoon. First pitch is slated for 3:00 PM at Tucker Field in Arlington, VA.

Josh Karlheim

Staff Writer for The Mountain Echo

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