Mount Baseball Heads to Wagner for Weekend Series

Mount Baseball Heads to Wagner for Weekend Series

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (9-27, 4-16 NEC) at WAGNER (20-23, 12-8 NEC)
R.C.B. Ballpark, Staten Island, N.Y.

Friday, May 3, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 1:00 p.m. (DH)
Sunday, May 5, 1:00 p.m.


MOUNT UPDATE:  The Mount split a four-game series with Fairleigh Dickinson last weekend, and enters the four-game series with Wagner 9-27 overall and 4-16 in the Northeast Conference.  Tom Healy, Jay Knight and Nick Walker paced the Mount offense in the series.  Healy hit .813 (13-for-16) with eight runs scored, eight RBI and a 1.500 slugging percentage, Knight hit .526 (10-for-19) with seven runs scored while Walker hit .500 (6-for-12) with five runs, five stolen bases and six RBIs.  On the mound, Vince Molesky had his best start of the year, striking out nine in 6.1 scoreless innings in the Mount's 17-0 win in game two of the series.  Scott Nickerson struck out seven while allowing one earned run in 7.2 innings in the Mount's 7-1 victory in the series opener.

WAGNER UPDATE:  Wagner defeated NJIT, 12-9, on Tuesday night and enters this weekend series 20-23 overall and 12-8 in the Northeast Conference.  Wagner has won five games in a row, including a four-game sweep of Quinnipiac last weekend, and is 17-10 over its past 27 games.  Ian Miller leads the team with a .346 average, 34 runs scored and 36 steals while Chris Smith is hitting .321.  On the mound, Paul Mammino is the top starter with a 5-0 record and a 2.96 ERA while Ryan Casey is 4-4 with a 4.11 ERA.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES:  Wagner holds a 40-32 lead in the all-time series since the Mount moved to NCAA Division I in 1989.  The Mountaineers have won 17 of the past 27 meetings in the series, and are 7-5 against the Seahawks over the past three seasons.  Last year, the teams split a four-game series at the Mount's E.T. Straw Family Stadium.  Wagner swept the opening twinbill before the Mount rebounded to sweep a doubleheader the next day.

LAST YEAR'S SERIES:   The Mount and Wagner split last year's four-game series.  Jay Knight hit .467 (7-for-15) with two home runs and four stolen bases in the series for the Mount.  Jayson Keel led Wagner with a .412 average (7-for-17) while adding seven RBIs.  Last year's series was a pair of doubleheader with Wagner sweeping the opening twinbill (9-6, 10 innings and 8-7) with the Mount sweeping a pair to close out the series (9-3, 6-4).

HEALY GARNERS NATIONAL AWARDS:  Senior Tom Healy was 13-for-16 (.813) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, eight runs scored and eight RBIs in the Mount's four-game split with Fairleigh Dickinson last week.  Healy's outstanding weekend earned him a host of honors, including two National Player of the Week Awards and NEC Player of the Week.  Healy was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by both the Collegiate Baseball newspaper and College Baseball Insider (CBI) Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week

KNIGHT SETS STEAL RECORD:  Junior Jay Knight has smashed the Mount's single-season record for steals.  The junior outfielder has 24 steals on the season, breaking the school mark of 18 set by Matt Rueckert in 1991 and 1992.  Knight has moved into a fifth place on the Mount's all-time steal list with 32 stolen bases.  Wayne Crowley (1997-00) holds the all-time steal record with 39.

QUARANTA MOVING UP HIT LIST:  Senior Mark Quaranta is hitting .407 (11-for-27) over the past seven games and has moved into sixth place on the Mount's all-time hit list with 177.  Quaranta is 14 hits shy of matching Jason Weszka (191, 2001-04) for the fifth spot.  The left-handed hitting catcher is on the cusp of the Mount's all-time walk record as he has 73 for his career, one shy of Chris Lipari's all-time mark of 74.  Quaranta is also among the Mount's all-time leaders in at bats (8th, 560), games played (T8th, 173), doubles (T8th, 34), RBIs (T13th, 85) and total bases (10th, 238).

WALKER HEATING UP:  Third baseman Nick Walker is hitting .424 (14-for-33) with five doubles, six steals and nine runs scored over the past 10 games.  With the hot streak, Walker is now hitting .284 on the season while leading the team with 12 doubles. 

POWER SURGE:  Sam Nott leads the Mountaineers with eight home runs and 32 RBIs this season.  Nott has hit two home runs in the same game twice this year, belting a pair of long balls against Monmouth on April 7 and Iona on February 16.  He is the first Mount player to have two games with two or more home runs in the same season since Josh Vittek accomplished the feat three times en route to a school-record 20 home runs in 2008.  The last Mount player to have two home runs in a game was Shane Eyler against Quinnipiac on April 5, 2009. 

UP NEXT:  The Mount hosts Sacred Heart for a four-game Northeast Conference series on May 9-11.