Mount Softball Hosts Cornell on Wednesday Afternoon

Mount Softball Hosts Cornell on Wednesday Afternoon

Mount St. Mary's (13-18, 1-3 NEC) vs. Cornell (3-19, 2-4 Ivy League)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 2:00 p.m. (DH)
Our Lady of the Meadows Field, Emmitsburg, Md.

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Mount St. Mary's welcomes Cornell to Our Lady of the Meadows Field for a Wednesday doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The game will be shown on NEC Front Row.

MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Sacred Heart on Monday to fall to 13-18 overall and 1-3 in the Northeast Conference.  The opening game of the twinbill was tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth on Sunday when it was suspended due to rain.  The game was picked up on Monday afternoon, and the Pioneers scored a pair of runs to secure the win.  The Mount fell in game two, 4-3, on Katelyn Christian's walk-off RBI double.  Lindsay Heinze hit her team-leading eighth home run of the season in the 4-3 loss while Shelbee Holcomb went 4-for-5 with three walks in the twinbill. 

ABOUT THE BIG RED:  Cornell is 3-19 on the season and 2-4 in the Ivy League after losing all three games to Yale over the weekend.  Cornell is playing a doubleheader at Morgan State today.  Allison Kerce leads the team with a .369 average, five home runs and 16 RBI while Bridgette Rooney is hitting .323 with three home runs and 15 RBI.  Lisa Nelson is 0-5 with a 6.10 ERA to lead the pitching staff.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS. CORNELL:  Mount St. Mary's is 3-5-1 all-time against Cornell in the series that began in 1995.   Cornell has won the past three matchups, and five of the past six meetings between the two teams.  Eight of the nine matchups have been played at the Mount.

LAST MEETING VS. CORNELL:  Cornell scored five times in the top of the sixth inning to rally for an 8-7 win over the Mountaineers on March 26, 2017, in the last matchup between the two teams.  Emilee Kirk went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer while Shea McFarland went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the game.  The Big Red scored three runs in the top of the first to take the lead.  Megan Murray's two-run home run to center started the scoring while the third run came on a wild pitch.  Mount St. Mary's took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the third inning.  Kaylee Stoner and Jessica Greenewald had back-to-back singles to open the inning.  After Rachel Heinze grounded into a fielder's choice, the Mount executed a double-steal to move the runners up.  Lindsay Heinze followed with an RBI single to shortstop to put the Mount on the board.  Morgan Alisauckas cut the deficit to 3-2 with an RBI double to right-center field.  A walk loaded the bases, and Marian Ruf's two-run single up the middle gave the Mountaineers the lead.  Cornell regained the lead with five runs in the top of the sixth.  The Big Red strung together five consecutive singles to gain the lead.  The Mount rallied in the seventh when Lindsay Heinze reached on an error, McFarland singled, and Kirk delivered with a three-run homer to left to make it 8-7.  Cornell's Lisa Nelson was able to get the final two outs to preserve the win.

HOLCOMB LEADS NEC IN HITTING:  Junior Shelbee Holcomb has been on fire at the plate for the Mountaineers.  Holcomb hit a sizzling .737 (14-for-19) in six games last week to move her average to a league-best .474 on the year.  Holcomb went 9-for-12 (.750) in the Mount's four NEC games, reaching base in 12 of her 15 plate appearances (.800 OBP).  For the year, she is 36-for-76 (.474) at the plate with seven doubles and 15 RBI in 28 games played.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING:  Lindsay Heinze has reached base in each of the past 16 games, hitting .346 over that stretch with a .443 on-base percentage…Kaia Bonshock has a 10-game hit streak, going 16-for-31 (.516) at the plate with four doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI over that span…The Mount hit .350 over its four NEC games this past weekend., led by Shelbee Holcomb (9-for-12, .750) and Kaylee Stoner (7-for-16, .438).

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 eight home runs this year, giving her 24 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-

24

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 22 RBI this season, moving her to 117 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 on March 13 to break the Mount's all-time record for two-base hits.  Heinze now has 41 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 to Northeast Conference play with home doubleheaders with Fairleigh Dickinson (April 6, 1 pm) and Saint Francis U (April 7, 2pm) at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus.