Mount St. Mary's Sweeps Twinbill with Coppin State

Mount St. Mary's Sweeps Twinbill with Coppin State

Emmitsburg, Md. (March 29, 2017)--The Mount St. Mary's softball team swept its doubleheader today against visiting Coppin State, taking the opening game, 4-1, before rallying for an 8-7 victory in game two.  Freshman Kaylee Stoner went 4-for-7 with two doubles for the Mount in the twinbill.

Game 1: Mount St. Mary's 4, Coppin State 1

Senior Sam Lichtner tossed a complete-game to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 4-1 win over Coppin State in the opening game of the doubleheader.  Lichnter scattered six hits while striking out a pair to improve to 5-5 on the season with the win.

The Mount (8-18) struck fast, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead.  Stoner singled to right to open the inning, and she scampered home on Jessica Greenewald's triple to right-center field.  Rachel Heinze the lofted a sacrifice fly to center to give the Mount a two-run lead.

The Mountaineers added single runs in the third and fourth innings to stretch the advantage to 4-0.  In the third, Rachel Heinze walked with two outs and then stole second base to set the table for cousin Lindsay Heinze, who singled up the middle to make it 3-0.

In the fourth, Kaylee Cross walked with one out and moved to third on a Kate Wade's double.  Lexi Donovan brought home Cross with a sacrifice fly to right.

The Eagles (3-22) scored a run in the fifth on a Megan Narvaez RBI single, but Lichtner was able to escape further damage when she got Cayla Brown to fly out to right with runners on second and third to end the inning.

Greenewald went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI to pace the Mount offense in the opening game.  Narvaez had a pair of hits for Coppin State in the loss.

Game 2: Mount St. Mary's 8, Coppin State 7

Mount St. Mary's scored five times in the bottom of the fifth to rally from a 6-to-3 deficit to earn the doubleheader sweep.  Shea McFarland's defensive gem in the top of the sixth helped preserve the win.

Trailing 6-3 with nobody on base and two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Mount rallied to take the lead.  Rachel Heinze singled and Lindsay Heinze walked to put runners on first and second.  Morgan Alisauckas then singled up the middle to plate Rachel Heinze to cut the deficit to 6-4.  Shea McFarland followed with a base hit up the middle to score Lindsay Heinze to make it a one-run game.

Emilee Kirk's RBI single just inside the right-field line evened the scored, and Marian Ruf's rwo-run single off the fence in center field gave the Mount an 8-6 advantage.

The Eagles rallied in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with on a single, a walk and an error.  After a popout, Brown was hit by a pitch to cut Coppin State's deficit to 8-7.  On the next play, McFarland made a diving stop to her right at first base, and got the force out at home to maintain the Mount's one-run lead.  Pitcher Katie Olson then got the next batter to ground out to third to end the frame.  Olson pitched around a one-out single in the seventh to earn the save.

Jordan Weaver earned the win for the Mount, striking out six while allowing six runs (three earned) in five innings.  Olson allowed an unearned run in two innings of relief for her first save of the season.

Stoner went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI to lead the Mount offense while Rachel Heinze, McFarland and Ruf all had two hits each in the win. 

The Mountaineers are back in action on Saturday, April 1, when they open Northeast Conference play with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader at LIU Brooklyn.