Mount St. Mary's Softball Defeats North Carolina Central in Season Opener; Falls to Eastern Kentucky in Second Game

Mount St. Mary's Softball Defeats North Carolina Central in Season Opener; Falls to Eastern Kentucky in Second Game

Mount St. Mary's 14, North Carolina Central 1

The Mount St. Mary's softball team opened the 2017 season with a convincing 14-1 win over North Carolina Central on Saturday at the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational.

The Mount opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.  Jessica Greenewald, Rachel Heinze and Morgan Alisauckas each walked to load the bases.  Shea McFarland's RBI single to left plated the first run of the season, and Marian Ruf added an RBI groundout for a 2-0 lead.

The Mount broke the game open in the top of the second with four runs.  Shelbee Holcomb walked to open the frame and Greenewald followed with a base hit.  Rachel Heinze then singled to left to score Holcomb to give the Mount a 3-0 lead.  Alisauckas singled to load the bases, and Lindsay Heinze came through with a two-run single to make it 5-0.  Ruf's RBI single to center pushed the Mount lead to six.

After North Carolina Central (1-10) got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the third, the Mount scored eight times in the fifth to seal the win.  Holcomb, Greenewald and Rachel Heinze walked to load the bases.  After a wild pitch plated pinch runner Kaylee Cross, Alisauckas belted a three-run homer to left to give the Mount a commanding 10-1 advantage.  McFarland and Ruf each walked, and a wild pitch put runners on second and third for Jessica Nines, who produced an RBI single up the middle.  After a walk to Kate Wade, Cross, Rachel Heinze and Alisauckas each walked with the bases loaded to make it 14-1.

Alisauckas went 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs scored and four RBI for the Mount in the win.  Lindsay Heinze went 2-for-5 with two RBI while Shea McFarland was 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Rachel Heinze was 1-for-2 with three walks, three runs scored and two RBI with Greenewald going 1-for-3 with three runs scored in the win.  Lindsey Heinze added two hits and a pair of RBI for the Mountaineers as well.

On the mound, Sam Lichtner earned the win, striking out four while allowing one run in four innings of work.  Freshman Jordan Weaver pitched the final frame, striking out a pair in her collegiate debut.

This was the Mount's first win in a season opener since a 3-2 victory over Bethune-Cookman in 2014.  Head coach Anna Nagro is now 3-4 all-time in season openers.

Eastern Kentucky 6, Mount St. Mary's 3

Mount St. Mary's fell to Eastern Kentucky, 6-3, in the second game of the day at the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational.  The Mount jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Eastern Kentucky rallied for five runs in the bottom of the third en route to the win.

In the top of the first, Rachel Heinze walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, and then scored on a Morgan Alisauckas double.   Alisauckas moved to third on an error by the left fielder on the play, and the scored when Lindsay Heinze reached on an error by the second baseman.

The Mount added a run in the top of the third when Rachel Heinze and Alisauckas posted back-to-back base hits.  The runners moved up on a groundout, and Heinze came home on a Marian Ruf squeeze bunt.

Eastern Kentucky (2-6) scored five times in the bottom of the third to take the lead.   Johnkyria Alson provided the big hit, a three-run homer that put the Colonels ahead, 4-3.

Alisauckas went 2-for-3 at the plate in the game while Rachel Heinze was 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.  Ruf took the loss for the Mount, allowing six runs (five earned) in four innings.  Freshman Jordan Weaver struck out three in two scoreless innings of relief.

The Mount is back in action tomorrow with games against Bucknell and Youngstown State.