AUBURNDALE, FL - The Mount St. Joseph University Lions baseball team took on the Spartans of D'Youville College in a double header on the final day of the Russ-Matt Invitational. The Mount would go to finish the tournament with two big wins, the first game finished with a final score of 12-2 and the second game with the score of 11-2.
Senior Alex Wagner(West Chester, OH / Lakota West) started the game off on the mound for The Lions. He went on to pitch a total of two innings during which time he faced 9 batters, striking out 2. During the top of the 1st inning the Spartans were able to find a way to get the upper hand and get two runs across the plate giving D'Youville an early lead. The Lions would come back in the bottom of the 1st inning to tie the game up. The Mount would make their mark when Brandon Mueller(Cincinnati, OH / Northwest) was able to reach first base on a fielder's choice and was able to push Simon Schaefer (Cincinnati, OH / St. Xavier) across the plate, with two Lions left of base. Ryne Poli(Cincinnati, OH / Elder) was next up to the plate and he was able to double off of a ball nailed down the left field line, driving in Tyrell Anderson(Cincinnati, OH / Western Hills). The Mount tied the game back up 2-2 before the final out of the inning.
The Spartans would not manage to get another run for the rest of the game. However, The Mount would go on to have an explosive 2nd and 3rd innings to take the lead and keep it until the game came to an end. In the bottom of the 2nd inning The Lions would get 6 runners to cross the plate. The first run came off of Colin Crowe(Mason, OH / Mason) putting down a bunt to third base and advanced to second on a fielding error by the first baseman and found himself on third base while Michael Sundahl(Fort Wayne, IN / Bishop Dwenger) scored. Garrett Hogan(Hamilton, OH / Badin) was able to get a single and punch in Crowe for an RBI. Anderson got 2 RBI's for himself when he slid a ball through the left side once again and gave Hogan and Roman Rothwell(Monroe, OH / Monroe) the time they needed to make it home. Anderson would score off of a single from Mueller and Mueller would make it in off of a sacrifice fly by Sundahl.
Chris Honebrink(Cincinnati, OH / Roger Bacon) would come in to relieve Wagner in the top of the 3rd inning. He saw 8 batters and gave up two hits but no runs and was able to strike out a batter along the way. The Mount would find their last surge of scoring condensed to the bottom of the 3rd inning with 4 more runs. Hogan would drive Schaefer in for the 9th run with his double to right center field. Hogan would cross the plate on a double from Rothwell that fell into the right center field gap. Mueller would put up a sacrifice fly to left field and Rothwell sped his way across the home plate. The final run for The Lions came from Brandon Shelton(Cincinnati, OH / Northwest) knocking a ball to left field and making his way safely to first base while Anderson snagged the final run of the game.
Josh Kaiser(Montgomery, OH / Sycamore) would come to the hill in the top of the 5th inning and would face four Spartans and giving up one hit before retiring to the dugout. Hunter Mills(Cincinnati, OH / Turpin) came to finish out the last two innings for The Mount and saw 7 batters and was able to strike out one Spartan. Both teams went scoreless in the last 4 innings of the game and finished with the final score of 12-2.
In the start of game two Jason Fischer(Cincinnati, OH / Colerain) made his way to the mound and he stayed there for 3 innings. The Spartans were able to get 4 hits off of Fischer but only 1 run would make it across the plate. Fischer struck out 4 of the 12 batters that he faced. Both teams went scoreless in the first two innings.
The Lions were the first to make their mark on the scoreboard, in the top of the 3rd inning, with Hunter Collins(Middletown, OH / Monroe) sending a ball down the right field line for a double pushing Quinn Collins (Cincinnati, OH / Northwest) across the plate, giving The Lions the lead. H. Collins would go full circle and cross the plate off of a single committed by Trey Siciliano(Cape Coral, FL / Oasis). D'Youville would earn 1 run in the bottom of the inning to close the gap but The Mount would not relinquish their lead. Lukas Palmieri(Fairfield, OH / Fairfield) would come in for Fischer and pitch the next 2 innings, making it out without giving up any hits or runs and getting a strikeout.
In the top of the 4th inning Q. Collins would put up a sacrifice fly to centerfield and got himself and RBI when Poli crossed the plate. The Mount would add two more runs to their lead in top of the 5th inning when Siciliano scored off a single from Schaefer that snuck through the left side. Rothwell was the next Lion up to the plate and he drilled a ball to centerfield and made it all the way to third base pushing Schaefer in for the second run of the inning.
The top of the 6th was a big inning for The Mount as they drove in 4 more runs taking their lead to 8 runs. The first 2 runs came when Siciliano singled to center field and was able to advance on the throw. Pushing H. Collins to third and sending Q. Collins and Nathan Renner(Pleasant Prairie, WI / Tremper) over the plate for 2 RBI's. H. Collins would score off of a wild pitch that would put Schaefer on first and Siciliano on third. The last run of the inning happened when Rothwell got another single to centerfield achieving his last RBI of the game as Siciliano crosses the plate. In the bottom of the 6th inning Shelton would take over for Palmieri and faced 4 batters, gave up 1 hit and got a strikeout.
The Mount would not slow down in the top of the 7th inning scoring two more runs to finish the game. Renner would walk home as H. Collins took 4 balls and strolled to first, pushing Ian Mustard (Kings Mills, OH / Kings) to second and Q. Collins to third. The final run of the game would come from Siciliano making it to first on a fielder's choice giving him an RBI with Q. Collins crossing the plate. This would take The Mount's run total to 11 throughout the 7 innings. Hogan came in to close the game for The Lions pitching staff. He faced 7 batters and struck out 2. D'Youville was able to get a hit and score one more run before the final out of the game.
The Lions will be back in action on Wednesday, March 20th as they take on the Harriers of Miami-Hamilton on the road at 5 PM. Continue to check MSJSports.com for more updates on the 2018-19 season!