Mount St. Mary's Softball Opens Northeast Conference Play at LIU Brooklyn on Sunday

Mount St. Mary's Softball Opens Northeast Conference Play at LIU Brooklyn on Sunday

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (8-18, 0-0 NEC) at LIU BROOKLYN (14-19, 0-0 NEC)
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m. (DH)
LIU Field, Brooklyn, N.Y.


MOUNT ST. MARY'S UPDATE:  Mount St. Mary's is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Coppin State at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on Wednesday.  Sam Licthner tossed a complete game to lead the Mount to a 4-1 win in the opening game before the Mount rallied for an 8-7 win in game two.  Freshman Kaylee Stoner leads the team with a .385 average, just ahead of Rachel Heinze (.372) and Lindsay Heinze (.361).  Lichtner is 5-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 14 appearances.

ABOUT LIU BROOKLYN:  LIU Brooklyn, the defending NEC champions, enter Sunday's game with a 14-19 record.  Freshman Angie Rizzi leads the team with a .396 average with Victoria Zamora (.360) and Gina Bond (.352) right behind.  Samantha Offenbeck has six home runs while Schae Dickson leads the team with 25 RBI.  The Blackbirds lead the NEC with a .306 average.  Erynn Sobieski leads the pitching staff with an 8-6 record and a 4.87 ERA in 21 appearances.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: LIU Brooklyn holds a 44-11 lead in the all-time series with the Mountaineers.  The Blackbirds have won four straight in the series, including a sweep of last year's doubleheader at the Mount's Our Lady of the Meadows Field.  The Mount's last win over the Blackbirds was a doubleheader sweep at home (3-0, 1-0) on April 18, 2014.

OFFENSE SHINING:  Mount St. Mary's is second in the Northeast Conference with a .304 team batting average and third with 4.46 runs per game.  The Mount has scored three or more runs in 18 of the team's 26 games, including a pair of games in double figures.  Five players in the Mount lineup are hitting .321 or better this season.

LEAGUE LEADERS: Freshman Kaylee Stoner is sixth in the NEC with a .385 average while Rachel Heinze is ninth at .372...Heinze is tied for second in the NEC with seven home runs, tied for third with 27 runs scored, fifth with 55 total bases, third in slugging percentage (.705) and fifth in on-base percentage (.451)...Freshman pitcher Jordan Weaver is fourth in the NEC with 49 strikeouts...Sam Lichtner is tied for second with seven complete games and tied for fourth with five wins.

THIS AND THAT:  Lindsay Heinze has a seven-game hit streak...Rachel Heinze leads the team with 10 multiple-hit games and four multiple-RBI games...Five of the Mount's past six games have been decided by one run with the Mount going 2-3 in those games...Mount St. Mary's is 3-6 in one-run games this year.

UP NEXT:  The Mount visits Morgan State on Tuesday, April 4, for a 3:00 p.m. twinbill.