By Justin Satkowski
THROGS NECK – Mount Saint Mary College senior Michael Morelli hit four home runs on Sunday as his team split with Maritime College in Skyline Conference action. The Knights (4-6, 1-3 Skyline) dropped the opener, 11-8, but salvaged the split with a 14-6 win in game two.
In the opener, the Knights trailed 11-2 after six, mostly due to a seven-run inning from the Privateers in the fifth. The Mount tallied four runs in the top of the seventh, capped by a two-run homer from Morelli, but still trailed by five.
Following a scoreless eighth, the Knights attempted to rally in the ninth. Senior Thomas McNoble walked to lead off the inning, but junior Vinnie Carminati followed with a strikeout. Now with one out, Morelli launched his second homer of the game to cut the deficit to three. But the Knights would get no closer, as the final two batter both went down looking.
Morelli recorded four of the nine hits for the Knights in a 4-for-5 outing that included the two homers, three runs scored, and four RBIs. Freshman starting pitcher Logan Kurtz allowed eight runs over four and a third innings and was hung with the loss.
Mount Saint Mary jumped out to an early start in game two, racking up three runs in the top of the first on yet another two-run homer from Morelli. Carminati also had an RBI single as the Knights claimed an early 3-0 lead.
The Privateers responded with four in the bottom of the first, but the Knights continued to score. McNoble laced a run-scoring single as part of a two-run second and Morelli’s solo home run highlighted a three-run third. Freshman Mike Leone and junior Chris Chieffo also recorded RBIs.
Leading 8-4, the Knights added two more runs in the fourth on a two-run single by senior Michael Matuk. Senior Alec Seidman (Poughquaq, N.Y.) added a two-run single as part of a three-run fifth as the Mount claimed a 13-4 advantage.
Morelli finished game two 2-for-2 with two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBIs. McNoble, Seidman, and Chieffo also recorded multiple hits for the Knights. Sophomore Ryan Gerhart pitched four scoreless in relief to earn the victory.