Brooklyn, N.Y. (April 13, 2019)--Mount St. Mary's dropped both ends of a Northeast Conference doubleheader at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. The Mount lost the opening game, 6-3, before falling 8-1 in game two.
Game 1: LIU Brooklyn 6, Mount St. Mary's 3
LIU Brooklyn scored four times in the bottom of the first and held on for a 6-3 win over the Mount in the opening game of the doubleheader. Kate Wade went 2-for-3 at the plate to pace the Mount offense.
The Mountaineers took the early lead in the top of the first. Kaylee Stoner singled and Kirsten Mumma walked to open the game. Morgan Alisauckas moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt, and Lindsay Heinze's single opened the scoring for a 1-0 lead.
LIU Brooklyn responded with four unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. A single, a hit by pitch and a walk loaded the bases with two outs. Kiana Cisneros then hit a hard grounder to short that the Mount was unable to come up with, allowing the tying run to score. Ryleigh Bermea then tripled to clear the bases to give LIU a 4-1 advantage.
Bermea added an RBI single in the third to stretch the lead to four runs before the Mount cut into the deficit in the fourth. Heinze was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and pinch runner Erin Meagher moved to second on a groundout. Kaia Bonshock then singled through the right side of the infield, but Meagher was cut down at the plate. Wade singled to put runners on first and second, and Jessica Nines drove home both runners with a double to cut the deficit to 5-3.
LIU responded with a Camryn Lyman RBI single in the bottom of the frame to make it 6-3. LIU's Elena Valenzuela made that stand up by retiring the final eight Mount batters to close out the game.
The Mount had eight hits in the loss with seven different players coming up with at least one base hit. Amanda Berkley took the loss, allowing six runs (one earned) in a complete-game effort. Valenzuela earned the win for LIU, allowing three runs in seven innings. Bermea went 2-for-3 with four RBI in the victory.
Game 2: LIU Brooklyn 8, Mount St. Mary's 1
LIU Brooklyn earned the sweep with an 8-1 victory in game two. The Blackbirds scored eight unanswered runs after the Mount scored the opening run of the game.
The Mount (18-23, 4-6 NEC_ scored in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead in game two. Stoner doubled to lead off the game, and scored on a Morgan Alisauckas two-base hit. After a walk to Heinze put runners on first and second with one out, LIU eluded further damange when Shelbee Holcomb lined out the the pitcher, who threw to first to get a double play.
The Blackbirds (23-13, 5-1 NEC) came up with a big inning in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead. LIU loaded the bases with no outs, but Katie Olson was able to get the next two batters on strikeouts. LIU, however, scored all three runners on a Mount error to take the lead.
After grabbing a 4-1 lead, the Blackbirds sealed the win with a four-run fifth inning with Bermea hitting a three-run homer to highlight the frame.
Stoner went 3-for-4 to lead the Mount in game two.
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