Statesboro, Ga. (February 15, 2019)--The Mount St. Mary's softball team opened the 2019 season by splitting a pair of games at the Georgia Southern Eagle Round Robin today. The Mount dropped the season opener to UMKC, 7-1, before rebounding for a 15-3 win over Morehead State in the afternoon.
UMKC 7, Mount St. Mary's 1
UMKC took advantage of seven Mount errors en route to a 7-1 victory in the Mount's season opener on Friday morning. Morgan Alisauckas paced the Mount offense with a 3-for-3 day at the plate.
The game started off on the right foot when the Mount took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Kirsten Mumma walked and stole second base, and Alisauckas followed with a single through the left singe to put runners on the corners. The Mount then put on the double steal to score the first run. Alisauckas was thrown out at second, but Mumma scampered home for the first run of the year.
The Kangaroos (4-2) answered with three runs in the bottom of the first. The first run scored on a Mount error, while Chyanne Omstad and Maegan Rollow added RBI doubles in the frame. UMKC added a pair of unearned runs in the second, and two more runs in the third to take a 7-1 lead. The Kangaroos were able to close out the win from there.
Alisauckas went 3-for-3 with a double for the Mount while Kate Wade was 1-for-2 with a two-base hit. Jessica Nines and Lindsay Heinze also added hits in the game. Amanda Berkley started, allowing seven runs (four earned) in four innings of work. Freshman Avery Neuhart tossed a pair of scoreless innings in her collegiate debut.
Mount St. Mary's 15, Morehead State 3
The Mount scored nine times over the first two innings to take control of the game en route to an 15-3 win over Morehead State in the afternoon. Lindsay Heinze went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBI while Morgan Alisauckas was 2-for-3 with three runs scored in the victory.
The Mountaineers (1-1) scored four times in the top of the first to grab the early advantage. Kaylee Stoner led the game off with a single and then stole second. Stoner came around to score when Kate Wade reached on a throwing error by the pitcher on her sacrifice bunt. Morgan Alisauckas followed with a base hit to put runners on the corners, and Lindsay Heinze came through with a double to left-center field to make it 2-0. Freshman Kaia Bonshock followed Heinze's hit with a two-run double to left-center field for her first collegiate hit, putting the Mount ahead 4-0.
Morehead State took advantage of three walks and three hits in the bottom of the inning to cut the Mount lead to 4-3. The Mountaineers countered with five more runs in the top of the second. Mariah Godde led the inning off her first career home run to make it 5-3. Stoner singled, Wade walked, and Alisauckas was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Heinze, who singled to right to give the Mount a 6-3 lead. Bonshock added a sacrifice fly and Emilee Kirk an RBI groundout to push the lead to five. The Mount had runners on the corners with Heinze on third and Maggie Kane on first, and pulled off the double steal for the final run of the inning.
The Mount added to the led in the fourth when Alisauckas singled, and she came around to score on a Kirk two-base hit. Mount St. Mary's sealed the win with five runs in the top of the sixth. Wade doubled to lead off the inning, and Heinze followed with a home run to push the lead to 12-3. Erin Meagher, Megan Black and Shelbee Holcomb each singled to load the bases in the inning, and all three scored when Godde singled to give the Mount a 12-run advantage.
Heinze went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, three runs scored and four RBI in the win while Alisauckas was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Stoner was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, Godde 2-for-4 with three RBI and Wade was 1-for-2 with three runs scored in the game. Jordan Weaver earned the win, allowing three runs in 4.2 innings of work. Katie Olson closed out the game with a scoreless 1.1 innings of relief.
The Mount is back in action tomorrow with a game against IUPUI at 2:00 p.m. and against host school Georgia Southern at 7:00 p.m.