NEWBURGH – Senior infielder Steven Mirra recorded his 100th career hit on Saturday and collected his first career win on the mound as the Mount Saint Mary College Baseball team split a season ending doubleheader with Manhattaville, winning game one 6-5 in eight innings before falling in game two 7-3.
Game 1: Mount Saint Mary 6 – Manhattanville 5 (8 innings)
Manhattanville wasted little time getting on the board in the opener, plating two runs in the top of the first and three more in the second frame. Luke Shaffer got the Valiants on the board with a bases load walk in the first before Luke Tebolt drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for the early 2-0 lead.
In the second, Anthony Quatrochi drove in a pair of runs with a double with Brian Alberts adding a run scoring single push the advantage to 4-0. Shaffer drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly to give the visitors an early 5-0 advantage.
Mount Saint Mary was held without a hit until an Adam Leone double in the bottom of the fifth following a Nicholas Torres walk. Donte Iodice got the Mount on the board with an infield single that delivered Torres.
In the sixth, the Knights plated three runs to climb to within a run and knotted the score at 5-5 with a run in the home half of the seventh. Torres singled home a run in the sixth before Iodice got the Mount to within run with a two-run single to centerfield.
Mount Saint Mary loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, settling for the tying run on a run scoring groundout from Torres that pushed across Cullen Roper to knot the score at 5-5.
Starting with a runner on second in the eighth, Manhattanville was unable to push across the go ahead run off of Mirra, before the Knights got a single from Justin Maldanado that delivered Leone with the winning run.
Iodice finished the opener 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Mount with Torres going 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Matthew Kozireski added a hit and a run scored for the Knights in the win.
Three relievers worked scoreless outings for the Mount, with Matthew Boriello striking out one in 2.0 innings and Brandon Nolasco fanning two in 3.0 frames. Mirra worked a scoreless eighth to move to 1-0 on the season.
Game 2: Manhattanville 7 – Mount Saint Mary 3
The Knights got on the board first in game two on Saturday, plating a single run in the home half of the first inning. Mirra reached on an infield single to start the inning and after advancing to second on a wild pitch and third on a groundout, scored on a two-out double to right center field off the bat of Coleman Barnes.
The Valiants answered with five runs in the top of the second to pull in front for good in the game. Matt Lynch put Manhattanville in front with a two-run single and later scored on a passed ball for a 3-1 lead. Joseph Silvestri drove in the fourth run on a bases loaded walk before Jack Matero scored on a wild pitch to close out the scoring in the game.
Mount Saint Mary got a run back in the fourth on a Robert Brust double off the left field wall, but the Valiants tacked on runs in the sixth and seventh to move in front 7-2. Ben Crowley scored the game’s final run when he crossed on a passed ball in the seventh.
Mirra finished game two 2-for-3 with a run scored, closing his career as a .373 hitter with an even 100 hits. Barnes rounded out the game 2-for-3 with a double with Devin Tait adding a hit and a run scored for the Knights.
Joe Stewart suffered the loss and fell to 1-1 on the season after working 4.0 innings. Michael Paolo worked the final 3.0 frames, striking out three.
Saturday’s split ends the Mount’s season at 12-11 overall.