Emmitsburg, Md. (April 19, 2019)—Mount St. Mary's swept a doubleheader against visiting Bryant on Friday on Senior Day at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus. The Mount edged the Bulldogs, 4-3, in 10 innings in the opening game before posting a 6-2 win in five innings in a rain-shortened game in the night cap.
Jessica Nines went 4-for-5 with a home run in the doubleheader to lead the Mount offense while Amanda Berkley picked up the victory in each game. The Mount improves to 21-24 overall and 6-6 in the Northeast Conference with the victories.
The Mount's 21 wins this season are the most by the Mountaineers since the 2010 team finished with a 25-25 record. It is just the fifth time in program history that the Mount has won 20 or more games in a season.
Game 1: Mount St. Mary's 4, Bryant 3 (10 innings)
Morgan Alisauckas delivered a game-winning RBI single to lead the Mount to a 4-3 victory over Bryant in the opening game of the doubleheader.
Bryant (11-27, 7-3 NEC), who entered the day in first place in the NEC with a 7-1 lead record, took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. Nicole Zukowski started the rally with a one-out single. After a fly out, pinch runner Helaina Michaud stole second base to move into scoring position. Toni Camarillo then delivered a solid base hit to center field to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage. Camarillo moved to second on the throw to the plate, and she came around to score on a Carlyn Hernandez singled up the middle.
Mount St. Mary's got a run back in the bottom of the inning. Kaylee Stoner doubled to open the inning, and moved to third on groundout. After a walk to Morgan Alisauckas, Lindsay Heinze hit a sacrifice fly to the fence in center field to make it 2-1.
The score remained tied until the Mount evened the score with a run in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Kaia Bonshock singled up the middle to put a runner on base. Jessica Nines followed with a sharp single through the left side. Emilee Kirk then grounded out to the pitcher, who got the lead runner at third, giving the Mount runners on first and second with two outs. Maggie Kane pinch ran for Nines at second place with Kate Wade at the plate. Wade hit a grounder to short that was misplayed, with Kane scampering home on the play to tie the score.
The Mount had a chance to win the game in the eighth inning, but saw two runners thrown out at the plate. Mariah Godde singled to left center to open the inning, and moved to second on a wild pitch. Alisauckas was intentionally walked, and Lindsay Heinze followed with a single to left. Godde was thrown out at the plate for the first out of the inning, leaving runners on second and third. Alisauckas then tried to score on a wild pitch, but she was tagged out by the catcher for the second out of the inning. Bryant got a groundout to the pitcher to escape the jam.
The game remained tied at 2-2 heading to the top of the 10th with the international tie breaker coming into play. Bryant's Carlyn Hernandez was placed on second to open the inning, and she moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Tiffany Bell then grounded to second, and Hernandez was able to beat the throw to the plate to give Bryant a 3-2 advantage. Mount pitcher Amanda Berkley was able to get the final two outs keep the score at 3-2.
Kirk was placed at second to open the bottom of the 10th for the Mount, and she moved to third on a Wade sacrifice bunt. Stoner then singled to right field to even the score at 3-3. Bryant pitcher Colby Norris got a strikeout for the second out of the inning. Stoner then stole second base to move into scoring position for Alisauckas, who saw her fly ball to right fall in for the game-winning single.
Nines went 3-for-3 at the plate for the Mount while Stoner was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Berkley got the win, allowing just one hit and an unearned run in six innings. She struck out four in the game. Katie Olson started for the Mount, allowing two runs and five hits in four innings.
Game 2: Mount St. Mary's 6, Bryant 2
Jessica Nines hit a three-run homer off the scoreboard to lead the Mount to a 6-2 rain-shortened win in game two of the twinbill.
The Mount broke out to a 3-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first and one more in the second. In the first inning, Stoner and Heinze each had infield singled to put runners on first and second with two outs. Shelbee Holcomb followed by lacing a single up the middle to plate Heinze with the game's first run. Bonshock then reached on an error by Bryant's shortstop that allowed the second run to come home.
The Mount added to the lead in the second when Kirk had an infield single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on Stoner's base hit to left.
Bryant scored twice in the top of the third to get back into the game. Jenna Cali beat out an infield single to second to start the inning, and Morgan Powell reached on a fielder's choice to put runners on first and second with one out. Kaleigh Goulart moved the runners over on a sacrifice bunt, and Powell scored on a passed ball to cut the Mount lead to 3-1. After a walk to Gabrielle Ermish, Gradillas singled to left to plate Powell, making it a 3-2 ballgame. Berkley struck out Carlyn Hernandez to end the inning.
Heinze was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the third, and Bonshock doubled off the left field fence to put runners on second and third. Nines followed with a blast off the scoreboard in left field to push the Mount's advantage to 6-2.
Avery Neuhart came on in relief of Berkley in the top of the fourth, and had pitched two innings of one-hit relief for the Mountaineers. Berkley allowed two runs in three innings to pick up the victory to improve to 10-13 on the season.
Heinze went 2-for-2 with two runs scored while Stoner was 2-for-3 at the plate in the game two win.
UP NEXT: The Mount is back in action on Wednesday, April 24, with a 2:00 p.m. home doubleheader against Morgan State.
NOTES: The Mount honored seniors Alisauckas, Heinze, Kirk, Nines, Olson and Erin Sweeney prior to the game…The Mountaineers improve to 11-9 all-time against Bryant with doubleheader sweeps in each of the past two seasons…Stoner extended her hit streak to 13 games and she has now reached base at least one time in each of the past 26 games…The Mountaineers are now hitting .306 on the season with six players hitting .327 or better and five players with 20 or more RBI…