Moon Township, Pa. (May 7, 2017)—The Mount St. Mary's softball team closed out the 2017 season with a pair of one-run losses at Robert Morris on Sunday afternoon. The Mountaineers dropped the opening game, 2-1, before falling to the Colonials, 6-5, in game two.
In the opening game, it was a pitcher's duel between the Mount's Sam Lichtner and Kaitlin Ellzy of Robert Morris. The Colonials broke up a scoreless game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Olivia Lorusso singled opened the inning with a single, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a groundout to short, Kristen Pray doubled to left center to bring home the first run of the game. Taryn Miller followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.
The Mount (20-31) got on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh, but was unable to complete the rally. Morgan Alisauckas doubled with one out, and moved to third on a passed ball. After a strikeout, Shea McFarland singled to left to cut the deficit to 2-1. Ellzy was able to end the threat by getting a groundout to first to end the game.
Lichtner allowed two runs while striking out four in a complete game effort for the Mountaineers.
In game two, the Mountaineers jumped out to the early lead with a run in the top of the first. Kaylee Stoner and Jessica Greenewald each reached on an error and Rachel Heinze walked to load the bases. The Colonials got the next two batters to strike out, but Marian Ruf was walked to force home Stoner for the first run of the game.
Robert Morris evened the score on a Briana Bunner sacrifice fly in the second, and then score four unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-1 advantage. Natalie Higgins and Lorusso singled to open the inning, and moved up on a sacrifice bunt. A Mount error led to the first two runs and Miller followed with a two-run homer to make it 5-1.
The Mountaineers rallied to tie the game with four runs in the top of the sixth inning. McFarland hit a solo home run to right center field to lead off the inning for the Mountaineers. It was McFarland's first home run of the year, and cut the deficit to 5-2. Stoner reached on an error, and Greenewald singled to set the table for Rachel Heinze, who doubled to right center field to make it a 5-3 game. Lindsay Heinze followed with a double to right center field to plate a pair of runs to even the score.
Robert Morris, however, scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win.
LIchtner tossed another complete game for the Mount, allowing two earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. Rachel Heinze went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles while McFarland was 2-for-3 in the game.