Mount St. Mary's Softball to Face Wagner and Sacred Heart in Key Northeast Conference Matchups This Weekend

Mount St. Mary's Softball to Face Wagner and Sacred Heart in Key Northeast Conference Matchups This Weekend

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (16-23, 4-4 NEC) at WAGNER (16-21, 6-4 NEC)
Saturday, April 22, 1:00 p.m.
Lower Field, Staten Island, N.Y.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (16-23, 4-4 NEC) at SACRED HEART (12-21, 3-3 NEC)
Sunday, April 23, 12:00 p.m.
Pioneer Park, Fairfield, Conn.

MOUNT UPDATE:  The Mount is coming off a sweep of Coppin State on Tuesday that moved the team to 16-23 on the season.  The Mountaineers are 4-4 in the NEC.  Jessica Greenewald and Lindsay Heinze each recorded RBI doubles in the top of the seventh to rally the Mount to a 6-5 win the opening game.  In the nightcap, the Mount erupted for 14 runs in the top of the fifth inning en route to an 18-0 victory.  Rachel Heinze leads the team with a .385 average, 11 home runs, 33 RBI and 42 runs scored while Lindsay Heinze is hitting .370 with a team-high 14 doubles.  Sam Lichtner is 10-6 with a 3.40 ERA to pace the pitching staff.

ABOUT WAGNER:  After starting the season with a 2-13 record, Wagner has won 14 of their past 22 games to improve to 16-21 on the year.  The Seahawks are in third place in the Northeast Conference with a 6-4 league record.  Wagner boasts the top two hitters in the NEC with Karen Prihoda leading the circuit with a .409 average, just ahead of teammate Brianna Treadway, who is hitting .407.  Prihoda also leads the team with 30 runs scored, 13 doubles and two triples while Treadway has a team-high 24 RBI.  Kalia Smith paces the squad with seven home runs.  McKaleigh Goodale is 4-11 with a 4.07 ERA and three saves, but is 3-2 with a 1.38 ERA in NEC play.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES:  Wagner holds a 34-13 lead in the all-time series with the Mount, including a 17-5 record at home.  However, the Mountaineers have won the past four matchups in the series, including a sweep at home (6-1, 4-3) last season. 

LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS:  The Mountaineers swept Wagner at home on the final day of the regular season last year.  Rachel Heinze capped off her record-breaking junior season with a walk-off home run to lead the Mount to a 4-3 win in the second game of the twinbill.  The Mount captured game one by the score of 6-1.  Heinze went 5-for-6 with two home runs on the day.  Sam Lichtner posted a complete-game win in the first game, allowing an unearned run. 

ABOUT SACRED HEART:  The Pioneers are 12-21 overall and 3-3 in the Northeast Conference this season.  Sacred Heart plays a single game at Fairfield on Thursday and hosts LIU Brooklyn on Saturday before facing the Mountaineers on Sunday.  The Pioneers are second in the NEC with a 2.46 team ERA, led by Jamie Carlson, who is 8-10 with a 1.97 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 117.1 innings pitched.  Lauren Delgadillo leads the offense with a .288 average with Hailey Desrosiers hitting .286.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES:  Mount St. Mary's has won seven of the past eight games in the all-time series against Sacred Heart.  The Pioneers, however, hold a 22-15 lead in the series that began in 1986.  Last year, the Mount swept the twinbill at Our Lady of the Meadows Field with an 8-7 victory in game one followed by a 7-4 win in the second game.  The Mount is 5-9 all-time on the road against Sacred Heart.

LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS:  Rachel Heinze's three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Mount St. Mary's to an 8-7 win in the opening game of last year's doubleheader.  The Mount captured game two by the score of 7-4 on the strength of a Lindsay Heinze grand slam.  The Heinze's combined to go 6-for-11 with three home runs and 11 RBI in the two games.

LICHTNER REACHES DOUBLE DIGITS IN WINS:  Senior Sam Lichtner earned the win in the Mount's 6-5 victory over Coppin State to move to 10-6 on the season.  She is the first Mount pitcher to reach double figures in wins since Nicole Pagano went 15-13 during the 2014 season.  Lichtner is 6-1 with a 2.29 ERA over her past nine appearances (eight starts).  For the season, she is 10-6 with a 3.40 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 109.0 innings of work.

LINDSAY HEINZE HEATING UP:  Sophomore Lindsay Heinze is hitting .444 with six doubles, two home runs and nine RBI over the past 10 games.  Heinze is second on the team with a .370 average while leading the squad with 14 doubles.  She has started all 39 games this year, and has five home runs and 28 RBI.

ALISAUCKAS RAKING IN NEC PLAY:  Redshirt sophomore Morgan Alisauckas has been fantastic in Northeast Conference play this season, hitting .524 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and eight RBI in eight games.  She is 13-for-24 at the plate with a .560 on-base percentage and a .917 slugging percentage.  For the season, Alisauckas is hitting .342 with seven doubles, three triples, four home runs and 29 RBI.

RACHEL HEINZE CONTINUES TO PUT UP NUMBERS:  Senior Rachel Heinze leads the Mount with a .385 average, 42 runs scored, 11 home runs and 33 RBI.  Heinze is 17th in the nation with 1.08 runs per game and 32nd with 0.28 home runs per game.  She is hitting .424 over the Mount's past 22 games.

LEAGUE LEADERS:  Rachel Heinze is fourth in the NEC with a .385 average, tied for second with 11 home runs, third with 42 runs scored and fourth with 33 RBI…Lindsay Heinze is sixth in the conference with a .370 average and second with 14 doubles…Sam Lichtner is tied for third in the league with 10 wins.

UP NEXT:  The Mount heads to Howard on Wednesday, April 26, for a 7:00 p.m. doubleheader.