Baltimore, Md. (April 4, 2017)—The Mount St. Mary's softball team split a doubleheader at Morgan State on Tuesday afternoon. The Mount held off a late Morgan State rally for a 4-3 victory in the opening game. In the second game, Morgan State scored nine times in the fourth inning to rally from a four-run deficit for an 11-6 win.
The Mountaineers are now 10-20 on the season while Morgan State moves to 13-11.
Game 1: Mount St. Mary's 4, Morgan State 3
Rachel Heinze hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning, and Sam Lichtner re-entered the game to shut down a late Morgan State rally to lead the Mount to a 4-3 victory in the opening game of the doubleheader.
In the top of the first, Kaylee Stoner was hit by a pitch and Jessica Greenewald followed with a walk to set the table for Heinze. The senior came through by belting a three-run homer, her eighth of the season, to give the Mount a 3-0 advantage.
Lichtner started for the Mount and held the Bears off the scoreboard until the bottom of the fourth when Haylee Bobos singled home Audrianna Alvarez.
The Mount added what turned out to be an important insurance run in the sixth. Lindsay Heinze doubled and was replaced by pinch runner Erin Meagher. A Morgan Alisauckas fly out moved Meagher to third, and Shea McFarland's RBI single gave the Mount a 4-1 lead.
Jordan Weaver replaced Lichtner in the bottom of the sixth and worked around a pair of walks to keep the Mount lead at 4-1. The Bears rallied in the seventh, putting runners on first and second on a pair of walks. After a double steal, Giselle Alvarez scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2. Kate Vosper's RBI single scored Damali Young to make it a one-run game. Lichtner came back in the game and proceeded to get a pair of groundouts to end the game.
Lichtner improved to 7-5 on the season, allowing one earned run in 5.2 innings pitched. She allowed two hits while walking five in the game.
Game 2: Morgan State 11, Mount St. Mary's 6 (6 inn.)
In the second game, the Mount jumped out to a 6-2 lead only to see Morgan State score nine times in the bottom of the fourth to rally for the victory. Rachel Heinze went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles for the Mountaineers in the game. The game was called after the top of the sixth due to darkness.
After the Bears scored a run in the bottom of the first to take the lead, the Mount scored five runs in the second to take a 5-1 advantage. McFarland singled and she came around to score when Emilee Kirk reached on an error. Jessica Nines followed with an RBI single, and Lexi Donovan walked to put two runners on base. After a pair of outs, Heinze scored both runners with her first double of the game to make it 4-1. Lindsay Heinze followed with a two-base hit of her own to plate her cousin, Rachel, to push the lead to four runs.
Morgan State got a run back in the second, but the Mount answered when Donovan singled, stole second, moved to third on an error, and scored on Kaylee Stoner's groundout.
The Bears took advantage of four walks and two errors while adding five hits in the nine-run fourth inning.
Katie Olson started for the Mount, allowing six runs (four earned) in 3.1 innings. Kaylee Cross allowed five unearned runs in a third of an inning, while Lichtner tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Up Next: Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Saturday, April 8, with a Northeast Conference doubleheader at Robert Morris.