Blue Knights Rally For Split Against New Paltz

FISHKILL – The Mount Saint Mary College Baseball team earned a non-conference split with New Paltz on Saturday following a five-run, final at-bat rally in game two. After dropping a 9-1 decision in the opener, Mount Saint Mary stole a 5-4 win in game two, capped by a game winning RBI single off the bat of Albert Estwick Jr..

 After being held to just a single hit and forcing New Paltz pitchers to face just one over the minimum in the first six innings in game two, the Mount erupted for five runs on five base hits in its final at-bat to come away with the victory.

Matt Cahill started the seventh inning uprising with a one-out single and later scored on a Ryan Hayes single through the left side. Rob Peccerillo plated Louie Rivera and Tom Huvane to tie the score with a single before Louie DeAngelis was chased home by Estwick who singled.

The Knights sent nine hitters to the plate in the seventh inning, with Blake Keenan, Huvane and Joey Pugliese drawing walks, while Cahill, DeAngelis, Pecerillo and Estwick all singled.

New Paltz built its four run advantage with a pair of runs in the second and single runs in the third and fifth innings. Nick DiPietro sparked the two-run second inning with a two RBI single to open the scoring in the game.

Mount Saint Mary was outhit in game two 11-6, with Cahill going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Pecerillo drove in a pair of runs with Estwick going 1-for-4 with the game winning RBI.

Tyler Bell and Jake Williams led the Hawks with three hits each in the loss.

David Hobbs picked up the win in relief for the Knights, throwing a scoreless seventh inning and picking up one strikeout. Chris Wolfe made the start and allowed four runs in 5.0 inning, fanning four. Ryan Votypka suffered the loss after allowing two runs on three hits without retiring a batter.

In Saturday’s opener, Mount Saint Mary was held to a single fifth inning run and saw the visitors plate three runs in the first and two more in the fourth, seventh and ninth innings. Kristopher Fragomeni scored the Mount’s lone run in the game on a wild pitch.

New Paltz got all the scoring it needed in its first at-bat after plating three runs on just one hit. Williams doubled in a run in the first and drove in another run for the Hawks in the seventh.

Fragomeni and Estwick each picked up two hits for the Knights in game one, while Rivera and Huvane each connected on doubles.

Williams started his strong day at the plate for the Hawks in game one, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI.

Joseph Pillitteri took the loss in the opener, allowing four earned runs in 3.1 innings of work. Christian Huertas earned the win for the Hawks, surrendering a single run on five hits in 6.0 innings.

Saturday’s split moves Mount Saint Mary to 2-7 overall on the season.

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