|Baseball Team Advances in AMCC Playoffs||05/6/2013|
CRESSON—For the second consecutive year, the Mount Aloysius baseball team has advanced past the opening round of the AMCC tournament.
Last year, the Mounties made it the whole way to the championship game. With Saturday’s sweep of Penn State-Altoona, coach Kevin Kime’s squad moved one step closer towards their goal of making it back to the championship game again this season.
Behind the arms of pitchers Derrick Capiak and Chris Nolan, #3 seed Mount Aloysius shutout #6 seed Penn State-Altoona, 5-0 and 8-0, in the best of three series.
Capiak pitched a complete game, giving up just 2 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 11.
Nolan followed that performance up by pitching a complete game of his own in the second contest. He gave up 6 hits and struck out 3 batters.
Capiak, a sophomore right hander from Williamstown, NJ, improved to 9-2 on the season. Saturday’s game was his seventh complete game of the season and his third shutout.
He is currently leading the conference in strikeouts, strikeouts looking, wins, and innings pitched. He also ranks sixth in earned run average, and has twice been named the AMCC’s Pitcher of the Week.
For Nolan, a sophomore right hander from Harrisburg, it was his first complete game and first shutout. He is now 6-2 off the mound for the Mounties, and ranks seventh in the AMCC in earned run average.
“Our pitchers carried us (against Penn State-Altoona),” Mount Aloysius coach Kevin Kime said. “Capiak was lights out. His velocity was good, but his ability to locate (his pitches) was even better.
“Nolan found trouble early, but was able to work out of it and settled in as the game progressed.”
Mount Aloysius is getting plenty out of their pitching, but their hitting this season is deserving of equal praise.
Senior Aaron Kovach is batting a league-best .424. The Hollidaysburg High School grad is also currently leading the conference in slugging percentage, runs batted in, doubles, and triples.
As a team, the Mounties are batting .307 for the season, which ranks them third in the AMCC for batting average. But they have a .427 slugging average, which places them first in the conference. They also lead the AMCC in stolen bases, runs, doubles, and triples.
With last weekend’s wins over Penn State-Altoona, Mount Aloysius improved to 25-12 on the year, and set a new single season mark for the Mounties’ program.
“(The Penn State-Altoona) wins were huge for us. We set a school record for wins in a season and are carrying great momentum into the next round of the playoffs,” Kime said.
The Mounties will meet #2 seed La Roche College in the next round, a rematch of last year’s championship game.
Mount Aloysius split with La Roche last month when the teams met for their regular season doubleheader. The games were played at La Roche. Kyle Cameron earned the win in the second game, but Capiak and Nolan both made late-game appearances in relief. Capiak was credited with a save.
Thursday’s game will be played in Erie at 9 am at Penn State-Behrend, the regular season champion and tournament’s top seed. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Penn State-Behrend versus #5 Pitt-Bradford game.