By Steven Merritt
FISHKILL – The Mount Saint Mary College Baseball team dropped its second straight contest on Sunday afternoon as the Knights lost a 16-4 contest against Albertus Magnus. Junior Steven Mirra finished with three hits and a run batted in for the Mount.
The Falcons got on the board first as Matt Warren drove in Joseph Matthews to take an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Albertus Magnus hung a crooked number in the second, scoring five runs on three hits, capped by Warren’s 2 RBI single to push the lead to six.
Mount Saint Mary got two runs back in the bottom half of the inning as Anthony Rizzo tripled down the right field line to score Jack Goodwin and Mirra singled home A. Rizzo on the next at-bat.
Albertus Magnus hung another five runs in the top of third as Warren’s bases clearing double drove home three and Brendan Clark singled home Warren to give the Falcons an 11-2 lead.
The Knights got one run back in the bottom half of the inning when Matt Barbieri doubled down the left field line to score Liam Merlin.
The Mount scored its final run of the game in the fourth when Mirra scored from second on an infield single from Michael DiGiovanni and a throwing error. The Falcons scored five runs in the final three innings as Elijah Spataj homered in the seventh, Sean Jefferson and Nhasean Murphy each drove home a run in the eighth and Caden Cloutier singled home a run in the ninth.
Mirra finished 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored while A. Rizzo and Barbieri each drove a run in. Anthony Pacifico took the loss for the Mount as he lasted just 1.1 innings, allowing five hits and six runs (four earned).
Warren drove in six runs on the day for the Falcons as three different players had three hits on the day. Jefferson scored a team-high three runs as Albertus Magnus slugged out 19 hits. Shawn McFeggan earned the start and went two innings, allowing four hits and two runs. Ike Flannery earned the win in relief as he went six innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits.
At 1-2 on the season, the Knights return to action on Wednesday afternoon against non-conference foe New Jersey City. First pitch against the Gothic Knights at Dutchess Stadium is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.