Mounties rack up runs in season-opening sweep
The Mansfield University baseball team drove in a combined 27 runs on 36 hits to power past the College of St. Rose 11-4 in the opener and 16-6 in the finale Saturday morning in the Mountaineers season-opening series.
Joe Candelmo was perfect through three innings and allowed just four hits in six innings worked to earn the win in the opener. Candelmo struck out four while allowing two earned runs.
Dylan Woodworth's one-out double in the bottom of the first sparked a three-run inning. Jon Taddeo, Anthony Renz and Stephen Stopper all drove in runs in the frame.
The Mountaineers tacked three more runs on the board in the third. Singles by Stopper and Conor Thompson plated a pair of Mansfield runners and chased St. Rose starting pitcher Josh Johnson. A Seth Tressler sacrifice fly scored Stopper to give the Mounties a 6-0 lead.
The Golden Knights put a run on the board in the top of the fourth, but Mansfield answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 8-1. Each team added three more runs in the game as Mansfield came away with the 11-4 win.
Stopper and Woodworth each totaled three hits and two runs in the game.
Mansfield's Candelmo and Jeremy Mapstone did not issue a single walk in the contest.
In the nightcap, the Mountaineers kept their hot bats rolling as they opened the top of the first by hanging four runs. Matt Fished brought in Tressler who reached on a lead-off double. Renz's RBI single plated Fisher before Brandon Miller's single scored Renz and Joey Andrews.
Mansfield added a run in the second inning before exploding for eight runs in the third. The Mountaineers belted out nine straight hits to open the third inning before getting their first out. The top of the inning featured three pitching changes as the Mounties batted around the order.
St. Rose saw offensive production at the plate as well with the Knights scoring a pair of runs in each of the first three innings.
Mansfield added two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to earn the 16-6 victory.
Tressler, Fisher and Andrews all registered three hits in the game as the Mounties totaled 21 as a team. Tressler reached home four times while stealing three bags.
Quin Taylor earned the win in relief, pitching 2.2 innings on the bump. Taylor allowed just one hit and no walks in his Mansfield debut.
The Mountaineers take on Slippery Rock on Sunday, March 3 in a single game at 10 a.m.