Emmitsburg, Md. (March 3, 2017)—The Mount St. Mary's softball team split a pair of games at the North Florida Invitational this afternoon, rallying for a 14-6 win over Albany after falling to La Salle, 3-0. The Mount is now 3-3 on the season.
La Salle 3, Mount St. Mary's 0
In the first game of the day, Mount St. Mary's fell to La Salle (5-1) by the score of 3-0. Freshman Jordan Weaver struck out a career-high eight batters while allowing three runs in a complete-game effort.
The Explorers scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the second on a Taylor Rohrbaugh two-run homer. Michelle Haggarty's RBI groundout in the sixth added an insurance run.
The Mount had a couple of scoring opportunities in the game. In the top of the second, Lindsay Heinze and Kate Wade each singled to put runners on first and second with two outs. La Salle pitcher Marlo Roadcap was able to escape the jam by getting Jessica Nines to pop out to short.
In the fifth, Nines and Kaylee Cross both singled to put runners on first and second with one out, but Roadcap again escaped the jam. The Mount had a pair of runners on in the sixth as well on a Morgan Alisauckas base hit and a Wade walk, but a pop out ended the inning.
Greenewald went 2-for-4 for the Mount in the game.
Mount St. Mary's 14, Albany 6
The Mount scored eight times in the bottom of the third inning to rally from a 6-1 deficit en route to a 14-6 victory over Albany.
Albany (4-3) scored four times in the top of the first inning to grab the early lead. The Mountaineers countered with a run in the bottom of the frame. Jessica Greenwald singled and Lexi Donovan was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. After a groundout moved the runners up, Lindsay Heinze plated Greenewald with a sacrifice fly.
The Great Danes added to the lead with single runs in the second and third to make it 6-1 heading into the bottom of the third.
In the third, the Mount erupted for eight runs to take the lead. Morgan Alisauckas, who singled, was at first with two outs before the Mount rallied. Shea McFarland reached on an error, and Rachel Heinze doubled to left to plate Alisauckas to make it 6-2. Marian Ruf walked to load the bases, and Jessica Nines brought home a run with a bases loaded walk. An Albany error allowed two more runs to score to make it 6-5. Greenewald walked to load the bases again, and Donovan greeted relief pitcher Devin Durando with a triple to left to clear the bases and give the Mount an 8-6 lead. Alisauckas then singled up the middle for her second hit of the inning to push the advantage to 9-6.
The Mount added three runs in the fourth for a six-run lead. Rachel Heinze singled and then stole second base with one out. Ruf followed with a base hit down the right field line to plate Heinze. Nines followed with her first collegiate home run, a two-run shot to left, to push the Mount lead to 12-6.
The Mountaineers added a pair of runs in the fifth to seal the win. Alisauckas and Lindsay Heinze singled ahead of a McFarland walk that loaded the bases. Rachel Heinze was hit by a pitch to force home pinch-runner Devon Hutchins, and Ruf's RBI groundout to second scored pinch runner Kate Wade to end the game.
Alisauckas went 3-for-4 at the plate to pace the Mount offense while Rachel Heinze went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Sam Lichtner earned the win, allowing six runs in three-plus innings of work. Ruf, who pitched out of a bases-loaded, no out jam in the fourth, picked up the save. She tossed two innings of scoreless relief with a strikeout.
The Mount is back in action tomorrow at the North Florida Invitational with games against Western Carolina and host North Florida.