Amanda Berkley Tosses Two-Hit Shutout as Mount Splits Doubleheader with Sacred Heart

Amanda Berkley Tosses Two-Hit Shutout as Mount Splits Doubleheader with Sacred Heart

Emmitsburg, Md. (May 7, 2018)--Freshman Amanda Berkley tossed a two-hit shutout to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 1-0 win in a doubleheader split with visiting Sacred Heart on Monday afternoon.  Sacred Heart came back to take game two, 4-1.  The Mountaineers conclude the 2018 season with a 17-26-1 record, including a 7-9 mark in Northeast Conference play.

GAME 1:  Mount St. Mary's 1, Sacred Heart 0

In a classic pitcher's duel, Amanda Berkley tossed a two-hit shutout to lead the Mount to a 1-0 victory over the Pioneers in the opening game of the twinbill.  Sacred Heart's Kristen McCann took the loss despite throwing a one-hitter.

The Mount scored the lone run of the game in the bottom of the third inning.  Kirsten Mumma drew a one-out walk, and moved to third on a Morgan Alisauckas single through the right side.  Alisauckas moved to second when the throw to third got by Sacred Heart's third baseman.  Shea McFarland then brought home Mumma with a perfectly executed squeeze bunt.  McFarland bunted right in front of McCann, but McCann's throw to the plate was late, allowing Mumma to score to give the Mount a 1-0 advantage.

Berkley was in command the rest of the way, allowing only a two-out single in the fifth over the final four innings of the game.  Berkley improved to 7-7 on the year with her ninth complete game of the season.  McCann took the loss, allowing one run and one hit in six innings of work.

The game was picked up today in the bottom of the second inning after rain forced the game to be suspended yesterday.

GAME 2:  Sacred Heart 4, Mount St. Mary's 1

Hailey Desrosiers snapped a 1-1 tie with a three-run homer in the top of the sixth to lead Sacred Heart (30-23, 10-6 NEC) to a 4-1 win in game two.  Marian Ruf provided the Mount's run with a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning.

Desrosiers led off the game with a home run that just cleared the fence in left center field.  Ruf was able to even the score an inning later with a line drive homer to left to make it 1-1.

Mount St. Mary's starter Jordan Weaver escaped bases loaded jams in the second and fourth innings to keep Mount in the game.  Lauren Delgadillo reached on a Mount error to start the Sacred Heart rally in the sixth inning.  Hannah Ford sacrificed the runner to second, and pich hitter Cierra Casale walked to put runners on first and second.  Berkley came on in relief, and Desrosiers connected on a 3-1 pitch with a home run over the right center field fence for a 4-1 lead.

The Mount tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners on first and second with one out on singles by Ruf and McFarland.  Sacred Heart pitcher Emily Orosco struck out the final two batters to end the threat.

Ruf finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate for the Mount while Weaver allowed three runs (two earned) in 5.1 innings of work.  Orosco struck out 11 while allowing four hits and one walk to improve to 13-4 on the season.  Desrosiers was 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI to pace the Pioneers on offense.