Fairfield, Conn. (April 23, 2017)--Mount St. Mary's split a Northeast Conference doubleheader at Sacred Heart on Sunday afternoon. Sam Lichtner tossed a three-hit shutout while Rachel Heinze added a pair of RBI doubles to lead the Mount to a 3-0 win in the opening game. The Pioneers countered with a 5-0 win in the nightcap.
GM 1: Mount St. Mary's 3, Sacred Heart 0
Mount St. Mary's (17-24, 5-5 NEC) scored single runs in each of the final three innings to earn a 3-0 win in game one.
With the game scoreless through four innings, the Mount broke through in the top of the fifth inning. Jessica Greenewald reached on an error by the shortstop and Heinze followed with a clutch two-out double to center field to drive in the first run of the game.
Mount St. Mary's added to the lead with a run in the top of the sixth. Shea McFarland walked with two outs, and moved to second on a wild pitch. Pinch runner Lexi Donovan then came home to score when the Sacred Heart catcher threw the ball to the outfield on a pickoff attempt.
The Mount made it 3-0 in the top of the seventh when Heinze drilled a double to right-center field to score Kaylee Stoner, who had singled earlier in the inning.
Lichtner notched her second shutout of the season, striking out a pair while allowing just five base runners in the game. The senior improves to 11-6 while lowering her ERA to 3.20 for the season. Heinze went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI while Morgan Alisauckas also went 2-for-4 at the plate in the game.
GM 2: Sacred Heart 5, Mount St. Mary's 0
Sacred Heart's Kristen McCann tossed a three-hit shutout while striking out 10 to lead the Pioneers to a 5-0 win in the second game.
The Pioneers (16-22, 6-4 NEC) struck for three runs in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. Katelyn Christian opened the scoring with an RBI single while McCann followed with a two-run double Andrea Sidor hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to make it 5-0.
Heinze, McFarland and Marian Ruf each had a hit for the Mount in the game. Ruf took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) in four innings. Jordan Weaver tossed two scoreless innings of relief for the Mountaineers.
The Mount is back in action tomorrow with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader at Wagner. The Mount is in fifth place in the NEC standings with a 5-5 league mark, one game back of both Sacred Heart and Wagner, who are 6-4. The top four teams in the regular season advance to the NEC Tournament.