Emmitsburg, Md. (March 25, 2017)--Mount St. Mary's held off Canisius, 6-5, on Saturday afternoon at the Mount St. Mary's Invitational. Shelbee Holcomb, Kaylee Stoner and Shea McFarland each had a pair of hits to pace the Mount in the game.
The Golden Griffins (11-15) took the lead in the top of the first when Cassie Ho hit a two-run homer to left field. Morgan Altman walked with one out to set the table for Ho.
Mount St. Mary's answered with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Rachel Heinze was hit by a pitch and Lindsay Heinze followed with a single through the left side to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a groundout moved the runners up, McFarland doubled down the left-field line to score Rachel Heinze to make it 2-1. Holcomb singled through the right side of the infield to score Lindsay Heinze to tie the score with pinch-runner Erin Meagher moving to third.
The Mount took the lead on Kate Wade's single on a squeeze bunt. Lexi Donovan then reached on an error on her sacrficie bunt attempt, allowing Holcomb to score to give the Mount a 4-2 advantage. Jessica Greenewald's sacrifice fly rounded out the scoring in the inning to push the Mount's lead to three runs.
Canisius loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth, and Ashley Barnett's sacrifice fly cut the Mount advantage to 5-3. The Mount got the second out of the inning when Canisius missed on a squeeze attempt, and the runner on third was caught stealing. However, Canisius' Sydney Kreimann followed with an RBI double to make it a 5-4 game.
The Mount (6-16) added an insurance run it would need in the bottom of the sixth. Donovan and Stoner singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a double-play on a grounder to second, Donovan scored on a wild pitch to put the Mount ahead, 6-4.
Canisius rallied in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with one out on a single and a pair of walks. Mount starter Sam Lichtner got the second out when she fielded a grounder, and got the force out at home plate. However, a wild pitch allowed Canisius to cut the deficit to 6-5. Another walk loaded the bases, but Lichtner got the final out on a grounder to third base to end the game.
Lichtner tossed a complete game, striking out four while allowing five runs in the game. The Mount finished the contest with nine hits.
In the other games today at the Mount St. Mary's Invitational, Cornell edged Canisius (3-2) and Morgan State (3-2) while Manhattan downed Morgan State (13-0) in five innings.
The tournament concludes tomorrow with Cornell facing Manhattan at 9:30 am, Canisius playing Morgan State at 11:30 a.m., the Mount hosting Cornell at 1:30 p.m. and the Mount playing Morgan State at 3:30 p.m.