Baseball Swept by Defending NEC Champions

Photo of Ryan Owens
Photo courtesy of Mount Athletics

The Mount baseball team was unable to pull out a win against the reigning NEC Champion Bryant Bulldogs. Three of the four games in the series were decided by five or more runs in favor of Bryant.

The series began on Friday, Apr. 17 in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Game one was the largest defeat of the weekend for the Mount, 9-1.

Buck McCarthy had an impressive performance for the Bulldogs in the game one victory. He drove in two runs with a single in the second inning and a homerun in the fourth inning. By the fifth inning, the Bulldogs had created a 4-0 advantage.

The Mountaineers would battle back when junior Tommy Quealy reached base on an error in the sixth inning. Quealy was able to reach third after a single from redshirt junior Ryan Owens, and he eventually scored as the Bulldogs were turning a double play.

The Mount offense was silenced the rest of the game as Bryant piled on five more runs in the sixth and seventh inning. The only notable offensive performance by the Mount came from freshman Brian Parreria who had two hits in the game.

Game two was the most exciting contest of the four game set. The Mountaineers got off to an early lead with four runs in the first inning. With two runners on base, redshirt sophomore Zach Hostetter hit a double to give the Mount a 2-0 lead. Parreria continued his hot streak with a two run homer that made it 4-0.

The Bulldogs began to chip away at the deficit in the fourth inning when they scored two runs of their own. The Mount quickly responded with another four runs dispersed between the fifth and sixth innings. Hostetter and senior Andrew Clow each tacked on another two runs with two singles and double respectively.

The Mount would see their six run lead diminish with eight runs in the final three innings for the Bulldogs. Bryant scored four and three runs in the sixth and seventh innings respectively. One run in the top of the seventh made it a tie ball game and sent the game to extras.

In the bottom of the eighth, John Mullen provided the dagger with an RBI double that gave Bryant the decisive 10-9 victory.

The Mount lost game three, 6-1, with senior Kory Britton scoring the only run with his solo shot in the fourth inning. Junior Kevin Myers ran into some early trouble in the second inning when Bryant scored two runs.

Britton’s home run in the fourth inning seemed to narrow the gap, with the Bulldogs only maintaining a 2-1 lead. However, two more runs in the fourth and fifth innings ended the Mountaineers hopes of salvaging the double header.

On Apr. 19, the Bulldogs completed a sweep of the Mountaineers with a 14-9 victory. Despite scoring six runs in the first inning, the Mountaineers were unable to maintain their lead. Britton and Hostetter paced the Mount offensively with three hits and two runs scored apiece.

The starter on the hill for the Mount was junior Chad Diehl. He allowed four earned runs in only two innings of work. Junior Jordan Lawson was credited with the loss allowing three runs, only one earned, in 2.1 innings of work.

Josh Karlheim

Staff Writer for The Mountain Echo

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