Rachel Heinze Blasts Three Home Runs in Mount's 17-3 Win Over UMBC; Mount Splits Twinbill with Retrievers

Rachel Heinze Blasts Three Home Runs in Mount's 17-3 Win Over UMBC; Mount Splits Twinbill with Retrievers

Emmitsburg, Md. (May 3, 2017)--Rachel Heinze belted three home runs to lead Mount St. Mary's past UMBC, 17-3, in the opening game of a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon.  The Retrievers came back to take game two, 5-3.

In the opening game, the Mountaineers (20-29) powered to the win behind six home runs.  In addition to Rachel Heinze's three-homer day, Emilee Kirk added a pair of long balls while Lindsay Heinze also cleared the fence.

UMBC (20-28) started the first game quickly as the first three batters had hits.  Tori Alexander doubled, Maddie Daigneau singled and moved to second on the throw, and Carly Lesko singled to left to plate both runners for an early 2-0 lead.

The Mount responded in the bottom half of the inning.  Kaylee Stoner led off with a single to right, and after a groundout, Rachel Heinze connected for a two-run homer to right-center field to even the score.  Lindsay Heinze followed with a solo home run to put the Mount ahead.

Kirk hit the first of her two home runs in the bottom of the second, a two-run bomb to right field that pushed the Mountaineer advantage to 5-2.  The Retrievers scored in the top of the third on a wild pitch, but Rachel Heinze's second home run of the game in the bottom of the frame got the run back.

The Mountaineers then sealed the win with an impressive two-run rally in the bottom of the fourth, scoring 11 times after the first two batters were retired.  Jessica Greenewald walked to start the scoring two-out rally, and Rachel Heinze was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second.  Lindsay Heinze took advantage, doubling to right-center field to plate both runners to push the Mount lead to 8-3.

Morgan Alisauckas singled to put runners on first and third, and Marian Ruf then reached on a wild pitch on a third strike.  Lindsay Heinze scored on the play to give the Mount a six-run lead.  Shea McFarland walked to load the bases, and another wild pitch allowed pinch runner Devon Hutchings to score.  Kirk followed with a three-run homer to right-center field to make it 13-3.  Kirk's two home runs on the day give her seven on the season.

Lexi Donovan singled up the middle, and Stoner added an RBI double to make it 14-3.  Greenewald walked for the second time in the inning to put runners on first and second for Rachel Heinze, who balted her third home run of the game make it 17-3.  Lindsay Heinze, Alisauckas and Ruf all singled to load the bases, but UMBC finally got the  last out on a grounder to second.  In all, the Mount sent 17 batters to the plate in the inning, registering 11 runs scored and nine hits.  Lindsey Heinze and Alisauckas each had two hits in the frame.

Rachel Heinze went 3-for-3 with three home runs, six RBI and four runs scored in the victory while Emilee Kirk went 2-for-3 with two home runs, five RBI and two runs scored.  Lindsay Heinze went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs in the game with Alixauckas adding three hits.  Stoner (2-for-4) and Donovan (2-for-3) each had two hits in the contest as well.

Sam Lichtner picked up the win, allowing three runs in the five-inning complete game to move to 13-9 on the year.

Jesko's third-inning grand slam lifted UMBC to a 5-3 win in the second game of the twinbill.  Alisauckas and Donovan each had a pair of hits for the Mount in the loss.

The Mountaineers opened the scoring in the bottom of the second.  Alisauckas hustled home all the way from first base on McFarland's bloop single to left field to give the Mount a 1-0 advantage.  The Retrievers answered in the top of the third when Lesko connected for a grand slam to left to put UMBC ahead, 4-1.

UMBC's Kelly Lane added a solo home run to left to make it 5-2 heading to the bottom of the sixth.  The Mount got a run back in the sixth when Rachel Heinze doubled to center field, and scored on an Alisauckas base hit.

The Mount rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh, but came up short in the comeback bid.  Kirk singled, and pinch-runner Kate Wade moved to third on a Stoner base hit up the middle.  Jessica Greenewald then reached on a fielder's choice when her pop out to second was dropped, but the second baseman was able to recover to get the force out for the second out of the inning.  Rachel Heinze was then retired on a popout to short to end the game.

Lichtner pitched another complete game for the Mount, allowing five runs in seven innings to fall to 13-10 on the year.  Alisauckas and Donovan each went 2-for-3 at the plate in the loss.

The Mount concludes the 2017 season with a Northeast Conference doubleheader at Robert Morris on Saturday, May 6, at 1:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES:  Rachel Heinze has 17 home runs on the season, two shy of her school-record mark of 19 set last year...Heinze is now hitting .410 with 17 HR, 48 RBI and 55 runs scored in 49 games this year...Morgan Alisauckas went 5-for-7 at the plate in the twinbill and is hitting .347 on the year...The Mount's 20 wins this season are a career-best for head coach Anna Nagro, and are the most by the Mountaineers since the 2010 team went 25-25.