Emmitsburg, Md. (April 6, 2018)--Katie Olson tossed a complete game in a 3-1 victory to help Mount St. Mary's earn a split in a Northeast Conference doubleheader at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus today. The Mount fell in the opening game, 5-2.
Robert Morris 5, Mount St. Mary's 2 (Game 1)
Robert Morris built an early 4-0 lead and held on for a 5-2 victory over Mount St. Mary's in the opening game of Friday afternoon's doubleheader. Morgan Alisauckas went 2-for-3 with a home run to pace the Mountaineers in the game.
The Colonials scored three times in the top of the first inning to take the lead. Briana Bunner led off with a double, and moved to third on a wild pitch. Olivia Lorusso followed with a fly ball to left field that was dropped, allowing the first run of the game two score. Natalie Higgins followed with a two-base hit, and after a pair of hit batters loaded the bases, Taylor Bartlow's sacrifice fly pushed the Colonial lead to 3-0.
The Mount had the first two runners reach base in the bottom of the first when Alisauckas walked and Shea McFarland singled up the middle, but Robert Morris pitcher Kaitlin Ellzy was able to get out of the jam without allowing a run. A Higgins sacrifice fly in the top of the second gave Robert Morris a four-run lead.
Mount St. Mary's got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. Kate Wade singled to center, and moved to second on a Shelbee Holcomb sacrifice bunt. A passed ball moved the runner to third, and Caeley Etter's squeeze bunt brought home Wade to cut the Mount deficit to 4-1.
Robert Morris got the run back in the top of the seventh when Lorusso tripled to right field and then scored on a Higgins sacrifice fly. Alisauckas belted a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to make the final score 5-2. It was the second home run of the season for Alisauckas.
McFarland finished 2-for-4 at the plate while Alisauckas was 2-for-3 with a home run. Jordan Weaver started for the Mount, allowing four runs (two earned) in three innings of work to fall to 4-8 on the year. Olson closed out the first game, allowing one run and two hits in four innings of relief. Lorusso went 2-for-3 and Bunner 2-for-4 for Robert Morris. Ellzy pitched a complete game, allowing two runs and seven hits with three strikeouts.
Mount St. Mary's 3, Robert Morris 1 (Game 2)
Katie Olson tossed a complete game while the Mount scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to post a 3-1 victory in the second game of the doubleheader.
Robert Morris (8-22, 1-1 NEC) scored their lone run in the top of the first inning when Lorusso doubled and came home to score on a Higgins single to center field. The score remained that way until the bottom of the fifth inning. Kaylee Stoner walked to lead off the inning, and then stole second base. Lexi Donovan's sacrifice bunt moved Stoner to third with one out. After Alisauckas was retired when she was called out of the batters box on a squeeze attempt, McFarland worked a walk to put runners on first and third. Lindsay Heinze then laced a hard hit ground ball past the second baseman to plate Stoner with the tying run. Marian Ruf followed with a double to the right-center field gap to score McFarland with the go-ahead run, chasing Ellzy, who started both games today, from the game. Laura Colter came on in relief, and her wild pitch allowed Heinze to scamper home, giving the Mountaineers (9-17, 1-3 NEC) a two-run advantage.
The Colonials had the go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the seventh after Lorusso singled and Higgins walked to put runners on first and second with two outs. Olson, however, was able to get out of the jam when Abrielle McCartney lined out to McFarland at first base to end the game.
Olson scattered six hits while striking out a pair in the complete-game win to improve to 3-2 on the season. Ellzy allowed three runs in 4.2 innings to take the loss in game two. Lorusso and Higgins each had two hits in the game for Robert Morris.
Up Next: Mount St. Mary's hosts Bucknell for a pair of games on Wednesday, April 11, at 3:00 p.m.
Notes: The doubleheader was the home opener for the Mountaineers this season...Olson allowed two runs in 11 innings of work for the Mount in the two games...She is now 3-2 with a team-best 3.65 ERA in 48.0 innings of work this season...The Mountaineers turned a pair of double plays in the first game, giving the team 21 on the season.