FREDERICKSBURG, VA. – The Mount Saint Mary College Baseball team was swept in a doubleheader on Sunday at Mary Washington to close out opening weekend, falling to the Eagles by scores of 14-4 and 5-3. Anthony Franco recorded three hits in the opener for the Knights.
Sunday’s sweep drops Mount Saint Mary to 0-3 in the early going, while Mary Washington starts the season with three wins in as many decisions.
Game 1: Mary Washington 14 – Mount Saint Mary 4 (F/8)
Mount Saint Mary got on the board first in game one after Jack Goodwin walked to start the game and Franco singled to put two runners on with no one out.
Coleman Barnes reached on an error to push across the game’s first run and give the Knights an early 1-0 advantage.
The Eagles responded with two runs in the home half of the first before the Knights knotted the score at 2-2 with a run in the top of the second.
Robert Brust doubled with one out in the inning and was later pushed to third following another Eagle error.
Goodwin pushed Brust across on a fielder’s choice to even the score.
Mary Washington pulled in front for good with a run in the second and three more in the third to build a 6-2 advantage.
Alex Purgaso drove in the go-ahead run in the second and added a run scoring single in the three-run third.
Mount Saint Mary climbed back to within 6-4 with two more tallies in the top of the fourth.
Devin Tait singled home Goodwin with the inning’s first run with Franco crossing with an unearned run following another Mary Washington miscue.
Holding a 6-4 advantage, the Eagles broke the game open with four runs in both the seventh and eighth innings.
Bobby Ayscue and Ty Lowe produced run scoring singles in the seventh with Jacob Christ, Ty Lowe and Luke Guerzon driving in runs with base hits in the eighth.
For The Knights
Franco finished the opener 3-for-5 with a run scored.
Goodwin recorded a hit, drove in a run and scored twice.
Tait and Anthony Picone each recorded two hits with Tait driving in his third run of the season.
Brust doubled and scored a run.
Mike Scotto suffered the loss in his first start of the season, allowing five earned runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of work.
Ryan Lockhart worked 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out one.
For The Eagles
Ayscue and Guerzon led five Eagles with multiple hits with three safeties apiece. Ayscue drove in a run and scored four times, with Guerzon scoring twice and driving in two.
Jonathan Sed finished game one 2-for-4 with a double and three runs.
Christ went 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.
Lowe closed out a big game 2-for-3 with a run and four RBI.
Ryan Dudak earned the win in relief, working 5.0 innings, allowing one earned run and striking out four.
Game 2: Mary Washington 5 – Mount Saint Mary 3
Mary Washington put two runs on the board in the home half of the second inning to open the scoring.
Sed doubled home a pair of runs, delivering Purgaso who hit a one-out double and Mike Dennis who was hit by a pitch.
The Knights held the Eagles off the board again until the bottom of the seventh, when they opened a 5-0 lead with three tallies.
Ayscue drove in the first run of the frame with a one-out single ahead of two-out run scoring base hits from Guerzon and Ryan Schwarz.
Mount Saint Mary cut its deficit to 5-3 with three tallies in the top of the eighth inning.
Tyler Crocitto got the Knights on the board with a run scoring fielder’s choice ahead of two-out RBI singles from Noah Anderson and Barnes.
The Mount brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but a double play thwarted the rally.
For The Knights
Goodwin singled and stole a base.
Anderson picked up his first career hit and RBI.
Barnes recorded a hit and an RBI.
Corcitto scored one run and drove in another.
Brian Gregory took the loss in his first start of the season, allowing two runs on four hits in 4.0 innings.
T.J. Gregory worked 2.0 scoreless innings in his first appearance as a Knight.
For The Eagles
Ayscue picked up two more hits, scored a run and drove in another.
Sed doubled and drove in two runs.
Guerzon finished with a hit, run and RBI.
Gabe Delgado moved to 1-0 with 5.0 innings of shutout ball, striking out six.