Mount Softball Opens Northeast Conference Play at Wagner and Sacred Heart

Mount Softball Opens Northeast Conference Play at Wagner and Sacred Heart

Mount St. Mary's (12-15) at Wagner (7-15)
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1 pm (DH)
Lower Field, Staten Island, N.Y.

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Mount St. Mary's (12-15) at Sacred Heart (14-11)
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 12 pm (DH)
Pioneer Park, Fairfield, Conn.

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Mount St. Mary's opens Northeast Conference play this weekend with doubleheaders at Wagner on Saturday and Sacred Heart on Sunday.

MOUNT UPDATE: The Mountaineers improved to 7-3 over their past 10 games with a home doubleheader sweep over Coppin State on Tuesday.  The Mount scored a season-high 22 runs in the 22-4 win in the first game before posting an 8-0 win in six innings in game two. Freshman Kaia Bonshock went 5-for-7 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI in the two games while leading hitter Shelbee Holcomb went 5-for-7 with three runs scored and four RBI in the twinbill.  Click HERE for a full recap.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS: Wagner swept a doubleheader against Manhattan on Wednesday to move to 7-15 on the season.  The Seahawks won a pair of one-run games against the Jaspers, including a walk-off win in game two of the twinbill.  Freshman Natalie Del Ponte leads the Seahawks with a .371 average, seven doubles and 28 RBI this season.  All-NEC second baseman Karen Prihoda is hitting .362 with a team-high 26 runs while Kalia Smith is hitting .300 with 20 RBI.  Ciera Luna has been the top pitcher, going 2-3 with a 6.24 ERA in 10 appearances.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES:  Mount St. Mary's is 15-36 in 51 all-time meetings with Wagner.  The Mount has won six of the past eight matchups in the all-time series, including a doubleheader sweep at home last season.  The Mountaineers are 5-19 all-time on the road against Wagner.

LAST YEAR'S MATCHUP:  Mount St. Mary's celebrated Senior Day with a pair of one-run victories over Wagner at Our Lady of the Meadows Field last year.  The Mount won the opening game, 2-1, in nine innings on Shelbee Holcomb's walk-off two-base hit.  In the second game, the Mountaineers edged Wagner, 10-9, with Shea McFarland throwing out the game-tying run at the plate to end the game.   Amanda Berkley pitched a nine-inning complete-game in the opening game, allowing just four hits.  In the second game, the Mount scored six times in the bottom of the second to erase an early 3-0 deficit.  The Seahawks answered with three runs in the third to even the score, but Morgan Alisauckas and McFarland had run-scoring singles to put the Mount back on top, 8-6.   The Mount added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 10-7 lead before Wagner rallied in the seventh.  Christina Harkins hit a two-run homer to cut the Mount advantage to 10-9, and the Seahawks continued the rally by putting runners on the corners with one out.  Hannah Lewis then grounded out to Berkley, who threw to first to get the second out.  Zoe Bender tried to score at home on the play, and McFarland laced a throw home to get Bender out at the plate to end the game.  Click HERE for the full recap.

ABOUT THE PIONEERS: Sacred Heart dropped two games to Iona on Wednesday to fall to 14-13 on the season.  The Pioneers offense struggled against Iona, falling by scores of 2-0 and 7-0.  Hailey Desrosiers is one of the top hitters in the Northeast Conference with a .430 average and 10 doubles while Kylee Harvey is hitting .339.  A trio of players, Shyanne Fennell (4-2, 1.47 ERA), Emily Orosco (4-3, 3.12 EA) and Kristen McCann (4-7, 3.87 ERA), lead the pitching staff.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES:  Sacred Heart holds a 24-17 lead in the all-time series with the Mountaineers.  The Mount, however, is 9-3 over the past 12 matchups with the Pioneers.  The Mount and Sacred Heart split last year's doubleheader at the Mount's Our Lady of the Meadows Field.  Mount St. Mary's is 6-10 all-time on the road against the Pioneers with doubleheader splits in each of the last two matchups at Sacred Heart (2017 and 2015).

LAST YEAR'S MATCHUP:  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 last year's doubleheader.  Sacred Heart came back to earn a 4-1 victory in game two.  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.  Kristen McCann took the loss, allowing one run and one hit in six innings of work.  Hailey Desrosiers snapped a 1-1 tie with a three-run homer in the top of the sixth to lead Sacred Heart 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.  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.  Click HERE for the full recap.

BONSHOCK ON HOT STREAK:  Kaia Bonshock has been on fire at the plate for the Mountaineers with a six-game hit streak.  The freshman is hitting .647 (11-for-17) with two doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI and a .714 on-base percentage over the six-game stretch.  Bonshock has upped her season average to .321while tallying four doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI on the year.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING:  The Mount is 11-1 this season when scoring six or more runs in a game and 9-3 when hitting at least one home run…Morgan Alisauckas has reached base in each of the past 14 games…Alisauckas is hitting .341 with a .481 on-base percentage over the 14-game span…Jordan Weaver is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 12.0 innings over her past two starts…Shelbee Holcomb is hitting .471 with six doubles, 14 RBI and 10 runs scored over the past 18 games…The Mount has a 7-3 record over the past 10 games, averaging 7.9 runs per game over that stretch…The Mount is hitting .338 as a team over the past 12 games.

LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD:  The Mountaineers scored a season-high 22 runs in the Mount's 22-4 win over Coppin State in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.  The 22 runs are the most by a Mount during head coach Anna Nagro's tenure, and the most by a Mount team since a 30-0 victory over Coppin State on March 27, 2008  The Mount pounded out 19 hits in the game, with 12 different players recording at least one hit in the contest.

HEINZE AND ALISAUCKAS MOVING UP HOME RUN CHART:  Senior Lindsay Heinze and graduate student Morgan Alisauckas continue to move up the Mount's career home run chart.  Heinze has a team-high seven home runs this year, giving her 23 for her career.  She has moved into third place on the Mount's all-time home run list behind cousin Rachel Heinze (43, 2014-17) and Liz Christiansen (25, 2009-13).  Alisauckas has three home runs this year, giving her 20 for her career, which is good for fourth all-time at the Mount.

MOUNT CAREER HOME RUNS

Name

Seasons

HR

Rachel Heinze

2014-17

43

Liz Christiansen

2009-13

25

Lindsay Heinze

2016-

23

Morgan Alisauckas

2015-

20

HEINZE MOVING IN ON CAREER RBI RECORD:  Lindsay Heinze is closing in on the Mount's career record for runs batted in.  Heinze 20 RBI this season, moving her to 115 RBI in her career.  She is second on the all-time list behind cousin Rachel Heinze, who had 121 RBI from 2014-17.

HEINZE BREAKS CAREER DOUBLES RECORD:  Senior Lindsay Heinze hit a pair of doubles in the Mount's 11-0 win over Maryland Eastern Shore last Wednesday to break the Mount's all-time record for two-base hits.  Heinze now has 40 career doubles, topping the mark of 39 that was set by Amanda Burk (2006-09).

PRESEASON POLL:  The Mount was tabbed to finish in seventh in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.  Sacred Heart was the unanimous pick to win it all, followed by LIU Brooklyn, Saint Francis U, Central Connecticut, Bryant, Fairleigh Dickinson, the Mount, Wagner and Robert Morris.  The Mount finished tied for sixth in the NEC standings last year with a 7-9 league record.

HEAD COACH ANNA NAGRO:  Nagro is in her ninth season at the helm of the Mount softball program, the longest tenure by a head coach in the history of the program.  Nagro has led the Mount to 37 wins over the past two seasons, including 20 in 2017, the most by a Mount team since the 2010 campaign.

UP NEXT:  The Mount returns home for a six-game homestand that begins with a doubleheader against Cornell on Wednesday, April 3.  The Mount then returns to NEC play when Fairleigh Dickinson (April 6) and Saint Francis U (April 7) visit Our Lady of the Meadows Field for doubleheaders.