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April 11th, 2012

The Mount tops Vassar in tough 16-14 slugfest



Vassar Sophomore Brett Zaziski extended the Brewers’ lead with a single in the ninth inning of game one, but Mount Saint Mary would go on to win, 16-14.
Fishkill - The Vassar College baseball team took an early 7-1 lead but Mount Saint Mary College twice rallied from behind to win a 16-14 slugfest at Dutchess Stadium.

Mount Saint Mary scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 10-7 lead, but the Brewers rebounded with five runs in the top of the sixth to regain the lead at 13-10. The Knights chipped away with two runs in the bottom of the frame before taking the lead for good at 16-13 in the seventh.

Zach Kenny earned the win in two innings pitched for the Knights while Joe CoFrancesco picked up the save with a hitless ninth. Race Bottini is tabbed the loss for Vassar with six runs in 1.2 innings. Both teams staffed out pitching duties with combined 11 pitchers seeing action.

In the top of the ninth with CoFrancesco on the hill, Vassar put runners on first and second to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. CoFrancesco struck out the final batter to earn the dramatic save.

In Mount Saint Mary’s crucial four-run seventh, Vinnie Carminati started the scoring with an RBI-double to tie the game 13-13. With two outs Brian McNoble thwacked a two-RBI double for a 15-13 lead, chasing Bottini from the mound. With Zachary Prudoff on the hill, McNoble went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Chris Chieffo for a 16-13 lead.

Trailing 10-8 in the top of the sixth, Kyle Casey sparked a five-run rally with a two-RBI single to even the score 10-10. Senior Liam Lee drew a walk to load the bases and junior Sean Morash walked to bring in a run for an 11-10 lead. With the bases juiced, sophomore Brett Zaziski singled to right for a 13-10 lead.

Casey went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run for Vassar, while Parker Werline was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

McNoble led the Knights at the dish with a three RBIs, two runs, one double, and one triple on a 3-for-5 output.

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