Emmitsburg, Md. (April 11, 2018)--Freshman Megan Black singled home the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to give the Mount St. Mary's softball team a 4-4 tie with Bucknell in the second game of a doubleheader that was called after seven innings due to darkness. The Mount lost the opening game, 12-8, despite scoring eight times in the fifth inning to rally from an 8-0 deficit. The Mount is now 9-18-1 on the year.
Bucknell 12, Mount St. Mary's 8 (Game 1)
The Mountaineers scored eight times in the bottom of the fifth inning to erase an 8-0 deficit, but Bucknell responded with four runs in the top of sixth to pull out a 12-8 win over the Mount in the opening game of a doubleheader at the Mount's Our Lady of the Meadows Field. Marian Ruf, Kate Wade and Shelbee Holcomb each went 2-for-4 in the game.
Bucknell (18-18-1) scored two times in the first, four in the third and two more in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead in the game. Meghan Kovac was a key to the surge with an RBI doubles in the first and third innings and a two-run homer in the fourth.
The Mountaineers responded with eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to even the score. Kate Wade opened the frame with a double and she moved to third on a Holcomb base hit. Amanda Berkley was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Wade then scored the Mount's first run when Kirsten Mumma was hit by a pitch. Morgan Alisauckas followed with a walk to plate Holcomb, and Shea McFarland's RBI groundout cut the deficit to 8-3 with two outs. Lindsay Heinze walked to load the bases, and Ruf doubled to right field to make the score 8-5. Wade then singled off the pitchers glove for an RBI single, her second hit of the inning. Wade then stole second base, putting runners on second and third for Holcomb, who came through with a single to center field that evened the score at 8-8. It was Holcomb's second hit in the inning as well. Black then doubled and Kaylee Stoner walked to load the bases again, but Bucknell was able to get Mumma to ground out to the pitcher to end the inning. In all, the Mount sent 14 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs on six hits in the inning.
Bucknell responded with four runs in the top of the sixth to secure the win. Kovac was again the catalyst, doubling to center field to drive home a pair of runs to give the Bison 10-8 lead. Lauren Hadley followed with a two-run homer to left to make it 12-8.
Wade went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored while Ruf and Holcomb each went 2-for-4 with two RBI to pace the Mount offense. Amanda Berkley started for the Mount, allowing eight runs in five innings of work. Jordan Weaver allowed four runs in two innings of work. Kovac went 5-for-5 with three doubles, a home run, four runs scored and six RBI for Bucknell while Hadley was 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI. Raeanne Geffert earned the win, striking out six in five scoreless innings.
Mount St. Mary's 4, Bucknell 4 (Game 2)
Megan Black's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh allowed the Mount to earn a 4-4 tie with Bucknell in game two. The game was called after seven innings due to darkness.
The Mountaineers scored in the bottom of the first to take an early 1-0 lead off Bucknell starter Taylor Langtry. Morgan Alisauckas singled to open the inning and then stole second base. She moved to third on a Lindsay Heinze groundout, and after a Marian Ruf walk, came home with the game's first run on an error by the Bucknell shortstop.
The Bison evened the score in the top of the fourth. With runners on first and third with two outs, Ryanne Rokos stole home on a double steal to give the Bison their first run of the game. The Mount answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead. Black singled and moved to second on a Jessica Nines sacrifice bunt. Kaylee Stoner beat out an infield hit to short with Black moving to third and Stoner to second on the throw. Alisauckas then brought home Black with the go-ahead run with an RBI groundout to second base.
Bucknell responded with a three-run fifth to take a 4-2 lead. Taylor Wolfgang's two-run double to right center field gave Bucknell a 3-2 lead, and Wolfgang later scored on a Jazmyn squeeze bunt. The Mountaineers were able to rally to tie the game with single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.
In the fifth, Heinze walked and Wade had a bunt single to put runners on first and second. Holcomb followed with an RBI double to cut the deficit to 4-3. The inning ended when Wade was thrown out at home on a delayed steal. The Mount had a chance to even the score in the sixth when Nines was hit by a pitch, and a Bucknell error put runners on second and third with no outs. Pinch-runner Lexi Donovan was thrown out at home on an Alisauckas squeeze bunt attempt, and the Bison were able to get a pair of outs to escape the jam with a one-run lead.
In the seventh, Wade singled to center field with one out, and then moved to second on a Holcomb groundout. Black then came to the plate with two outs, and she rapped a single up the middle that was knocked down by Bucknell's second baseman Hadley. Hadley, however, was unable to throw out Wade, who scored from second base on the play to tie the game at 4-4.
Wade went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Mount in the game while Black was 2-for-4 and Stoner 2-for-3. Weaver started for the Mount, allowing one run while striking out six in four innings of work. Katie Olson pitched the final three innings, allowing three runs (two earned).
Up Next: The Mount returns to Northeast Conference play with a doubleheader at Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, April 14.