Brooklyn, N.Y. (April 2, 2017)—Mount St. Mary's scored five times in the top of the eighth inning to post a 9-4 win over defending Northeast Conference champion LIU Brooklyn in the opening game of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Blackbirds earned a split with a walk-off single for a 3-2 win in game two.
GAME 1: Mount St. Mary's 9, LIU Brooklyn 4 (8 innings)
Mount St. Mary's scored five times in the top of the eighth to post a 9-4 victory over LIU in the opening game of the doubleheader. Morgan Alisauckas went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored for the Mount in the victory.
After tying the game with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning, the Mount (9-19, 1-1 NEC) erupted for five runs in the top of the eighth to earn the win. Jessica Greenewald and Rachel Heinze each singled to open the inning, and Lindsay Heinze followed with a single to right field to score Greenewald with the go-ahead run. Alisauckas then laced a double to left field to push the Mount advantage to 6-4.
After a fly out, Marian Ruf scored pinch-runner Kaylee Cross with a single on a squeeze bunt to push the advantage to three. Kaylee Stoner continued the rally with an RBI single to center, and Greenewald's walk with the bases loaded forced home the final run of the inning.
The Mountaineers tied the score with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. Rachel Heinze walked and scored on an Alisauckas two-base hit. Shea McFarland's RBI groundout plated Alisauckas with the tying run.
Sam Licthner earned the win with a complete game, allowing four runs while striking out five in eight innings to improve to 6-5 on the season.
GAME 2: LIU Brooklyn 3, Mount St. Mary's 2
Gina Bond's two-out single to left field with the bases loaded brought home the winning run to lead LIU to a 3-2 win in the second game of the doubleheader.
After giving up a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, the Mount scored twice in the top of the fourth to tie the score at 2-2. Greenewald singled to start the rally, and moved to third on Rachel Heinze's ground-rule double. After a pop out and a groundout, McFarland came through with a clutch two-run double to left-center field to tie the game.
The score remained that way until the bottom of the seventh. With a runner on and two outs, the Blackbirds (15-20, 1-1 NEC) loaded the bases on a hit batsman and a walk to set the table for Bond, who came through with the winning hit.
Ruf had a tough-luck loss, allowing no earned runs in the complete game, striking out seven in 6.2 innings.
Up Next: Mount St. Mary's heads to Morgan State for a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 4.