Spartanburg, S.C. (March 2, 2018)—Lindsey Heinze hit a pair of home runs as Mount St. Mary's split two games at the Wings, Etc. Classic hosted by USC Upstate on Friday. The Mount won the opening game of the day, 8-4 in eight innings, against Delaware State before falling to undefeated USC Upstate, 8-1, in game two.
Mount St. Mary's 8, Delaware State 4 (8 inn.)
Mount St. Mary's scored four times in the top of the eighth inning to stretch its win streak to three games in an 8-4 win over Delaware State in the first game of the day. Katie Olson tossed five innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory to improve to 2-1 on the season.
The Mountaineers jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Kaylee Stoner walked to lead off the game, stole second, and then scored on the play on an error by Delaware State's catcher. Morgan Alisauckas walked with one out, and she around to score when Marian Ruf doubled to left-center field.
The Hornets countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second to even the score. Vanessa Washington led off the inning with a solo home run, and Vanessa Barron added a two-out RBI double to tie the score at 2-2.
The Mountaineers regained the lead in the top of the third when Alisauckas reached on an error, and Heinze followed with a two-run homer to chase Delaware State starter Alexis Goldsby and give the Mount a 4-2 advantage.
Delaware State answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 4-4. Back-to-back singles and a wild pitch put runners on second and third for Desiree Moreno, who came through with a two-run single.
The score remained 4-4 until the top of the eighth inning. The international tie-breaker rule was in place, so the Mount started the inning with pinch-runner Shelbee Holcomb placed at second base. Emilee Kirk's sacrifice bunt moved Holcomb to third, and she scored the go-ahead run on Shea McFarland's fielder's choice. Megan Black followed with a base hit, and a fielder's choice put runners on first and third with two outs. Kirsten Mumma then walked, and a wild pitch on the play allowed pinch-runner Devon Hutchins to score for a 6-4 lead. Stoner broke the game open with a two-run triple to right-center field for an 8-4 advantage.
Delaware State had runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but Olson struck out the final two batters to end the game.
Starting pitcher Amanda Berkley allowed four runs while striking out four in three innings of work for the Mount. Olson allowed two hits while striking out four in her five innings of scoreless relief. Stoner went 1-for-3 with a triple, a runs scored, two walks and two RBI in the game.
USC Upstate 8, Mount St. Mary's 1
Lindsay Heinze hit a solo home run, but Mount St. Mary's fell at USC Upstate in the Mount's second game on Friday, snapping the Mount's three-game win streak.
USC Upstate (14-0) broke on top with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of two wild pitches, a passed ball and an error. The Spartans added a run in the second on a Kristen Wright RBI single and took a 4-0 lead on a double steal in the third.
The Mountaineers (6-7) got on the scoreboard when Heinze cracked a solo home run in the top of the fourth, her team leading fourth home run this season.
USC Upstate responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to extend the lead to 6-1, and Megan Obier's two-run homer in the sixth closed out the scoring.
Jordan Weaver started for the Mount, striking out five while allowing six runs (five earned) in four innings of work. Olson pitched the final two innings in relief, allowing a pair of runs. Heinze led the offense, going 2-for-3 with a double and a home run.
The Mount completes its 11-game spring trip tomorrow with a doubleheader at Furman beginning at 1:00 p.m.