Mount St. Mary's Softball Drops Pair to Manhattan

Mount St. Mary's Softball Drops Pair to Manhattan

Emmitsburg, Md. (March 24, 2017)--Mount St. Mary's dropped both games of a doubleheader to Manhattan on Friday afternoon on the opening day of the Mount St. Mary's Invitational.  Rachel Heinze went 5-for-7 with three doubles and a home run in the two games to pace the Mountaineers.

Game 1:  Manhattan 9, Mount St. Mary's 4

Manhattan raced to a 7-1 lead over the first three innings and held on for a 9-4 win over the Mount in the opening game of the doubleheader.  Mount St. Mary's outhit the Jaspers, 11-10, in the game.

Victoria Ross proved to be the difference maker for Manhattan in the game, going 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and six RBI. 

After Manhattan (9-9) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Morgan Alisauckas drilled an RBI triple to right field to score Lindsay Heinze to tie the score.

Ross hit a solo home run in the top of the second, and added a bases loaded double in the third, to give the Jaspers a 7-1 lead.  Her two-run homer in the fifth extended the advantage to 9-1.

The Mountaineers (5-16) got back in the game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.  Lexi Donovan singled, and after a Jessica Greenewald reached on a fielder's choice, Rachel Heinze doubled to score Greenewald.  Lindsay Heinze followed with an RBI double to center, and Shea McFarland's RBI single to left made it 9-4.

Rachel Heinze went 2-for-3 with two doubles in the first game while Lindsay Heinze went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  McFarland went 2-for-4 in the game with Donovan finishing 2-for-3 at the plate.

Sam Licthner started and took the loss, allowing seven runs in three innings.  Katie Olson pitched four innings of relief, striking out four while allowing a pair of runs.

Game 2:  Manhattan 10, Mount St. Mary's 9 (8 innings)

Manhattan rallied from a 9-4 deficit to earn a 10-9 win in extra innings in the second game of the twinbill.  Rachel Heinze went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI for the Mountaineers in the game.

After Manhattan scored in the top of the first, Rachel Heinze and Alisauckas each had RBI singles in the bottom of the inning to put the Mount ahead, 2-1.  Manhattan answered with two runs in the second, but the Mount scored twice in the bottom of the frame to take the lead again.  Jessica Nines scored on a passed ball, and a Kaylee Stoner squeeze bunt scored Donovan with the go-ahead run.

Rachel Heinze led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run to center, and McFarland's RBI double to the left-center field gap plated Alisauckas to stretch the advantage to 6-3.

The Jaspers got a run back in the fourth on a Stephanie Reinhardt triple, but the Mount countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 9-4.

Stoner tripled to start the rally and she scored on a Greenewald base hit.  Lindsay Heinze then drilled a two-run homer to center to give the Mount a five-run lead.

The Jaspers got back into the game with a four-run sixth inning.  The Jaspers took advantage of a Mount error, and a walk and hit batsman with the bases loaded in the rally.  Reinhardt homered to lead off the seventh to tie the game. In the eighth inning, Lauren Pitney's triple to right field scored the winning run.

The Mount returns to action tomorrow against Canisius at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus.  Other games in the tournament tomorrow include Canisius vs. Cornell at 9:30 a.m., Morgan State vs. Cornell at 1:30 p.m. and Manhattan vs. Morgan State at 3:30 p.m.