Hackensack, N.J. (April 14, 2018)—The Mount St. Mar's softball team dropped both ends of a Northeast Conference doubleheader at Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday afternoon. After falling 5-0 in the opening game, the Mount lost the nightcap by the score of 5-3.
Fairleigh Dickinson 5, Mount St. Mary's 0 (Game 1)
Fairleigh Dickinson scored three times in the bottom of the first inning to provide Baylee Ports all the offense she needed in a 5-0 win in the opening game. Ports tossed a three-hit shutout to lead the Knights to the win.
FDU (12-19, 4-2 NEC) opened the bottom of the first with a walk and a bunt single to set the table for Madison Emerson, who came through with an RBI double. Holly Mercier then added an RBI single, and Reanna Cervantes had a run-producing groundout to make it 3-0.
Serena Meehan's RBI groundout in the third pushed the lead to 4-0, and Logan Kolehmainen added an RBI single in the fourth for the final run of the game.
The Mount's Megan Black had a one-out double in the fifth, but Ports struck out the final two batters of the inning to end the threat. The Mount (9-20-1, 1-5 NEC) had first and third with two outs in the sixth, but Ports got a groundout to end the inning.
Fairleigh Dickinson 5, Mount St. Mary's 3 (Game 2)
Mount St. Mary's saw Fairleigh Dickinson rally for a 5-3 win in the second game as the Knights completed the doubleheader sweep.
The Mount took the early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Kaylee Stoner singled with one out, and then scored on a Lindsay Heinze two-base hit. After Heinze moved to third on a groundout, Kate Wade came through with a two-out double to push the Mount lead to two.
The Knights responded with a run in the bottom of the first on a Cervantes RBI single. The Mount got that run back in the top of the third when Wade singled home Heinze.
Meehan's RBI double in the bottom of the third cut the Mount's advantage to 3-2, and the Knights scored three times in the fifth to take the lead. With one out, the Knights strung together four consecutive base this, the last two being RBI singles by Cervantes and Meehan that gave FDU the lead. The final run came home on a bases loaded walk.
Ports came on in relief for FDU in the top of the sixth and pitched a pair of scoreless innings to earn the save.
Heinze went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Wade and Shea McFarland each had two hits in the loss. Olson started for the Mount, allowing five runs in 4.1 innings. Weaver pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Mountaineers.
UP NEXT: The Mount heads to Coppin State for a doubleheader on Tuesday.