Baltimore, Md. (March 27, 2018)--Lindsay Heinze homered and drove in four runs while Jordan Weaver picked up the win as Mount St. Mary's topped Kent State, 11-7, in a non-conference matchup at the UMBC Softball Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Mountaineers scored five times in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead for good.
After Kent State (14-12) took the lead in the top of the first, the Mount answered with a run in the bottom of the frame to tie the score. Morgan Alisauckas led off with a double to right center field, moved to third on a Shea McFarland sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Heinze sacrifice fly. The Golden Flashes regained the lead with an unearned run in the top of the third, but the Mountaineers (8-13) countered with five runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-2 lead. Kirsten Mumma, Alisauckas and McFarland all walked to load the bases for the Mount. After a force play, Marian Ruf walked to force home Mumma with the tying run. After a fly out, Kate Wade singled through the left side of the infield to put the Mount ahead, 3-2. Pinch hitter Megan Black followed with a base hit to push the Mount lead to two. Kaylee Stoner then grounded to short, but the throw to third was off the mark, allowing Wade and Ruf to score for a 6-2 Mount advantage.
Kent State got a run back in the top of the fourth, but Heinze cracked a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to give the Mount a six-run lead. After walks to Alisauckas and McFarland, Heinze hit a long home run over the center field fence to put the Mount ahead, 9-3. It is Heinze's team-leading fifth home run of the year. The Golden Flashes made it interesting, scoring four times in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to 9-7. Allie Luther's pinch-hit three-run homer highlighted the inning for Kent State.
The Mount scored a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to seal the win. Heinze walked with one out, and moved to third on consecutive wild pitches. Shelbee Holcomb then laced a single to left to plate Heinze for a 10-7 lead. Emilee Kirk singled off the pitchers glove to put runners on first and second, and an error on Lexi Donovan's sacrifice bunt loaded the bases. Caely Etter then drove home the final run of the game with a sacrifice fly.
Heinze went 1-for-2 with three runs scored and four RBI to pace the Mount offense while Alisauckas was 1-for-2 with three runs scored. Jordan Weaver started for the Mount and picked up the win, allowing two runs (one earned) in four innings of work. She struck out four while allowing four hits and five walks. Katie Olson pitched the fourth, fifth and sixth innnings for the Mount, allowing five runs (four earned).
The Mount is back in action tomorrow with an 11:45 a.m. matchup against UMKC. That game will also be played at UMBC's Softball Field.