Mount St. Mary's Softball Drops Pair of Games at North Florida Invitational

Mount St. Mary's Softball Drops Pair of Games at North Florida Invitational

Jacksonville, Fla. (March 4)--Mount St. Mary's dropped a pair of games at the North Florida Invitational on Saturday, falling to Western Carolina (8-3) and host North Florida (9-1).

Western Carolina 8, Mount St. Mary's 3

Mount St. Mary's built an early two-run lead, but a six-run third inning lifted Western Carolina to an 8-3 victory on Saturday.  Lindsay Heinze went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles for the Mount in the loss.

The Mount (3-5) opened the scoring in the second when Heinze doubled, and came around to score on a Kate Wade two-out two-base hit.  The Mount added a run in the third when Kaylee Stoner singled and stole second.  After a Jessica Greenewald walk, Lexi Donovan moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt.  Stoner then scored on a Morgan Alisauckas sacrifice fly.

Western Carolina (4-5) scored six times in the third to take the lead and added to the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth.

In the top of the sixth, Rachel Heinze reached on an error, and then scored on Lindsay Heinze's second double of the game.

Katie Olson started for the Mount and took the loss, allowing eight runs (three earned) in three innings.  Sam Lichtner tossed three innings of scoreless relief.

North Florida 9, Mount St. Mary's 1 (6 inn.)

North Florida scored in four of six innings to build a 9-0 lead en route to a 9-1 win over the Mount on Saturday night.  Rachel Heinze went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the loss.

The Ospreys (10-11) scored three times in the second and two more in the third to build a 5-0 lead.  A run in the fifth, and three more in the sixth pushed the advantage to 9-0.

The Mount scored in the bottom of the sixth when Shea McFarland doubled with one out, Morgan Alisauckas singled to put runners on first and third, and Rachel Heinze singled to right field to plate pinch-runner Devon Hutchins.

Jordan Weaver started for the Mount, allowing five runs (four earned) in four innings.  Marian Ruff allowed four runs (three earned) in a pair of relief innings.