Bats Held in Check as Mount Softball Falls to Bryant in Twinbill

Bats Held in Check as Mount Softball Falls to Bryant in Twinbill

Emmitsburg, Md. (April 29, 2017)---The Mount St. Mary's bats were held in check in a pair of losses to Bryant on Senior Day at Our Lady of the Meadows Field.  The Mount was held to eight hits on the day while falling 4-0 in the opening game and 2-1 in nine innings in game two. Prior to the twinbill, the Mount honored seniors Jessica Greenewald, Rachel Heinze and Sam Lichtner.

Lichtner tossed two complete games for the Mount, allowing just three earned runs and nine hits on the day, but she was outdueled by Bryant's Gabrielle Ermish, who allowed one run while also tossing two complete games, including a shutout in the opener.

In game one, Lichtner and Ermish were locked in a scoreless pitchers duel until Bryant was able to get on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth.  Lauren Keast singled with one out and stole second base.  Kaleigh Goulart was walked and Taylor Burger hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Bryant plated first run of the game when Ermish grounded into a fielder's choice to Mount second baseman Morgan Alisauckas to bring home Keast.  Goulart then scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

After a Mount error extended the inning, the Bulldogs (12-33, 7-7 NEC) added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth on Goulart's two-run triple to right center field.

Lindsay Heinze went 2-for-2 with a walk while Greenewald added the Mount's other hit in the game.  Licthner struck out six while allowing four runs (two earned) in the complete-game loss.  She held Bryant to four runs, but walked seven and hit one batter.  Ermish struck out four while walking one and allowing just three hits in the complete-game victory.

The second game was another pitcher's duel between Ermish and Lichtner with Bryant coming away with a 2-1 victory in nine innings. 

Bryant struck first with a run in the top of the third inning.  Marianna Politis walked to open the inning, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  Rachel Monroe's infield single put runners on the corners, and Keast drove home the first run with a line drive sacrifice fly to center field.

The Mount (19-28, 5-9 NEC) answered back in the bottom of the third when Rachel Heinze connected for a mammoth solo home run over the scoreboard in left field.  It was Heinze's 14th home run of the season and 40th of her career.

Stoner husted out a double with Greenewald walking to put runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but Ermish was able to get Rachel Heinze to fly out to left to end the inning.

The Mount had another scoring chance in the bottom of the seventh.  Emilee Kirk singled to lead off the inning and Lexi Donovan was hit by a pitch.  A Stoner sacrfice bunt moved the runners over, but Greenewald lined out to short and Heinze's sharp grounder to third ended the inning.

Bryant put runners on second and third with one out in the eighth, but Lichtner got out of the jam by getting a flyout to short right field and a popout to short.

The Bulldogs scored the winning run in the top of the ninth.  Ermish reached on an error, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  Robyn Ukegawa then laced a double down the left-field line to plate Ermish with the go-ahead run.  Ermish allowed a two-out walk in the bottom of the inning, but got Stoner to fly out to left to end the game.

Stoner went 2-for-4 for the Mount in game two while Lichtner allowed one earned run and five hits in the nine-inning complete game.  She struck out four while walking three.

The Mount is back in action on Wednesday, May 2, with a 2:00 p.m. home doubleheader against UMBC.