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Baseball Demolishes Iona on the Road in Sweep

Steven Morano

This past weekend in New Rochelle, New York, the Mount St. Mary’s baseball team swept Iona in a three-game series to move to 7-8 in conference play and tied fourth in the standings. A shutout as well as an explosion in power from the plate resulted in the Mountaineers outscoring the Gaels by a score of 24-10 across the three games. This sweep makes it six wins in a row for the team as the Mount beat Navy 10-6 on April 23 and a doubleheader sweep against the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore on April 24, as the visitors outscored the Hawks by a mammoth scoreline of 28-6 across the two games.

In the first game against Iona, the team produced a shutout behind Brendan Yagesh (C’26) who struck out eight batters in seven innings of work. The offense was led off by Tyler Long (C’24) who went 2-3 on the day with two walks and three RBI. A stolen base by Evan Smith (C’25) and a hit by pitch from JT Landwehr (C’26) defined an aggressive strategy on the basepath for head coach Frank Leoni and the rest of his coaching staff. Graduate Student Luke Pryor came out of the bullpen to produce two scoreless innings at the end of the game and a 6-0 win in game one.

The bats for the Mount stayed hot to start in game two as the lineup scored five runs in the top of the 2nd. Scott Seeker (C’24) and Evan Meier (C’27) both posted two RBI in the game with graduate student David Stripe and Long again batting in a run a piece as the Mount posted identical runs in the game as to the offense in game one. A late inning rally from Iona was thwarted by Max McCrary (C’26) as the sophomore held on to give Landwehr his first win of the year and a 6-5 win for the Mount in game two.

Going for the sweep of the Gaels in game three, the bats of the Mountaineers continued to stay hot as four runs were scored in the top of the 1st. The combination of Jakob Foster (C’27) and Pryor again combine for the first three innings of work before JB Manarchuck (C’26) came into pitch the last six innings for Mountaineers. A late game explosion of four runs in the top of the 9th allowed Manarchuck to cruise home to his second win of the year, a 12-5 win for the Mount and a conference sweep.

The Mount will host Rider on the weekend of May 3 for a continuation of their conference play and a push to the playoffs.


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