Mount Softball Heads to LIU Brooklyn for Saturday Twinbill

Mount Softball Heads to LIU Brooklyn for Saturday Twinbill

Mount St. Mary's (18-21, 4-4 NEC) at LIU Brooklyn (21-13, 3-1 NEC)
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:00 p.m. (DH)
LIU Field, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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The Mount returns to Northeast Conference action on Saturday with a doubleheader at LIU Brooklyn.  The Blackbirds are 3-1 in NEC play this season.

MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount split a doubleheader at Bucknell on Wednesday to move to 18-21 on the season.  After falling 2-0 in the opening game, the Mount rebounded to capture the nightcap, 5-4. The Mountaineers pounded out 15 hits in the second game with five players recording at least two hits in the game.  The Mount is the top hitting team in the Northeast Conference with a .301 average this season, led by the NEC's leading hitter Shelbee Holcomb (.436).  Katie Olson (3-3, 2.49 ERA, 56.1 IP) and Amanda Berkley (8-11, 3.35 ERA, 96.0 IP) lead the pitching staff.

ABOUT THE BLACKBIRDS:  LIU Brooklyn is 21-13 overall and 3-1 in the Northeast Conference this season.  The Blackbirds split a doubleheader with Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday, winning the opening game, 3-1, before dropping game two, 2-1.  Freshman pitcher Elena Valenzuela leads LIU with an 11-3 record and a 1.93 ERA in 109.0 innings of work.  She has started 16 games, and appeared in 23 of LIUI's 34 games this season.  Victoria Lowe is LIU's other starter, going 6-7 with a 3.68 ERA in 64.2 innings.  Kiana Cisneros leads the offense with a .333 average while Patricia Griffin is hitting .328.  Samantha Garcia has a team-high four home runs.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS. LIU BROOKLYN:  LIU Brooklyn holds a 46-13 lead in the all-time series with the Mount that began in 1984.  The team's split a doubleheader at the Mount's Our Lady of the Meadows Field last season.  The Mount is 5-7 against LIU over the past six seasons, including a split in each of the past two years.  Mount St. Mary's is just 5-28 all-time on the road against the Blackbirds, but is 2-4 at LIU over the past three matchups at LIU Field.

LAST YEAR'S MEETING VS. LIU BROOKLYN:  The Mount split last year's doubleheader at Our Lady of the Meadows Field.  The Mount dropped the opening game, 11-2, in five innings, but rebounded to capture a 5-4 victory in game two. LIU scored six times in the top of the third en route to the 11-2 win in the opening game.  Morgan Alisauckas went 3-for-3 at the plate in the loss.  In the second game, the Mount scored five times in the bottom of the second to take the lead, and Amanda Berkley retired the final nine batters in order to preserve the 5-4 win.  For a full recap, click HERE.

HOLCOMB LEADS NEC IN HITTING:  Junior Shelbee Holcomb has been on fire at the plate for the Mountaineers.  Holcomb leads the Northeast Conference with a .436 average (44-for-101) this year while adding eight doubles, two home runs and 18 RBI.  Holcomb has a .477 on-base percentage and a .584 slugging percentage on the year.  She is hitting .500 (12-for-24) in eight Northeast Conference games.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING:  Kaylee Stoner has a seven-game hit streak and has reached base in each of the past 20 games…Stoner is hitting .435 during her seven-game hit streak…The Mount is 14-10 over its past 24 games after opening the season with a 4-11 record…Shelbee Holcomb is hitting .461 over the 24-game span…The Mountaineers are hitting .329 with a 2.89 ERA over the past 24 games…Kate Olson has a 1.77 ERA over her past nine appearances…Amanda Berkley is 7-4 with a 3.13 ERA over her 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.

BERKLEY NAMED NEC CO-PITCHER OF THE WEEK:  Sophomore Amanda Berkley (Olney, Md.) has been named the Northeast Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week.  Berkley went 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA in three starts last week for the Mountaineers.  Berkley tossed a pair of complete games, and held the opposition to a .227 batting average. Berkley pitched a complete game with six strikeouts in the Mount's 5-2 win over FDU. She retired 17 batters in a row during the contest. She followed by allowing one run in five innings in the Mount's 9-1 win over Saint Francis U. She opened the week by allowing one run in a complete-game win over Cornell on Wednesday.  Berkley is the first Mountaineer to win NEC Pitcher of the Week honors since Nicole Pagano won the award on March 24, 2014.  She joins Pagano, Maria Lutz and Jamie Fowler as the only Mount pitchers to earn an NEC Pitcher of the Week award since the Mount joined the league in 1989-90.

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 nine home runs this year, giving her 25 for her career.  She has moved into a tied for second place on the list with Liz Christiansen (2009-13).   Alisauckas has five home runs this year, giving her 22 for her career, which is good for fourth all-time at the Mount.  Current assistant coach Rachel Heinze is the all-time leader with 43 career home runs.

MOUNT CAREER HOME RUNS

Name

Seasons

HR

Rachel Heinze

2014-17

43

Liz Christiansen

2009-13

25

Lindsay Heinze

2016-

25

Morgan Alisauckas

2015-

22

HEINZE MATCHES CAREER RBI RECORD:  Lindsay Heinze has 26 RBI this season, giving her 121 over her four-year career.  Her 121 career RBI are now tied for the Mount's all-time record with cousin Rachel Heinze, who had 121 for the Mount 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 visits Coppin State on Tuesday, April 16, before returning home to play Bryant on Friday, April 19.