After Johns Hopkins and Mount St. Mary’s played Saturday with differing results -- the No. 9 Blue Jays beat No. 5 Maryland and the Mountaineers fell to Bryant -- both teams will share similar concerns as they head into Monday’s 4 p.m. game at Waldron Family Stadium in Emmittsburg.
Both sides will have to figure out how to rebound from physically taxing games and find enough energy to work for a victory.
Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala has already called Monday’s matchup “a trap game” that looms as a potential upset for the Blue Jays (7-3).
“We’ve got to turn the page fast and move onto Mount St. Mary’s, and that’s the only thing that matters,” he said after Saturday’s 11-6 win against the Terps. “This win will be for naught if we don’t turn around and do our jobs [Sunday] in our preparation for the Mount, and on Monday when we play them.”
The Mountaineers (0-13) are still seeking their first victory of the season after returning from a road trip to Rhode Island, where they suffered a 9-7 loss to their Northeast Conference rival Bulldogs. Could fatigue be an issue?
“There’s always that worry, but Hopkins is going through the same battle,” Mount St. Mary’s coach Tom Gravante said. “And these young men are resilient. If you asked them, ‘Would you rather practice or play a game?,’ I’m certain they would say, ‘Let’s play.’ That excitement seems to make all the pain go away.”