Baltimore, Md. (April 18, 2018)—Morgan Alisauckas homered in each game while Amanda Berkley pitched seven no-hit innings in the first game to lead the Mount St. Mary's softball team to a doubleheader sweep at Coppin State on Wednesday. The Mount won the opening game, 2-1, in eight innings before taking the nightcap, 7-3.
Game 1: Mount St. Mary's 2, Coppin State 1 (8 innings)
Amanda Berkley pitched seven no-hit innings while Morgan Alisauckas belted a two-run homer in the top of the eighth to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 2-1 extra-inning victory over Coppin State in the opening game of the twinbill.
Berkley was sensational, holding Coppin State hitless over the first seven innings in a scoreless matchup. She struck out six while allowing two hits and two walks in the complete game victory to improve to 3-4 on the season. Berkley was trying to become the first Mount player to post a no-hitter since Nicole Pagano in a 3-0 win over LIU Brooklyn on April 18, 2014.
The Mount (11-20-1) put a runner on third with no outs in the top of the fifth, but could not bring the run home. Shea McFarland led off the frame with a two-base hit and moved to third on a passed ball. Coppin State (11-18) pitcher Madison Didion escaped the jam with a pair of strikeouts and a pop out to the catcher.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the eighth. Berkley helped her own cause by singling to center field to open the eighth. Pinch runner Erin Meagher stole second to put a runner in scoring position. With one out, Alisauckas had a great at bat, battling back from an 0-2 count to a full count. She then blasted a two-run homer to right to give the Mount the lead.
Berkley's no-hit bid came to an end in the bottom of the eighth when Haley Bravo doubled to lead off the frame. After a strikeout, Megan Narvaez singled to put runners on the corners, and Patricia Soria's RBI fielder's choice cut the Mount lead to 2-1. With runners on first and second with one out, and facing the three and four hitters in the lineup, Berkley closed out her gem with a fly out and a grounder to second.
Heinze went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks in the victory.
Game 2: Mount St. Mary's 7, Coppin State 3
Alisauckas went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI to lead the Mount to a 7-3 win in game two. Jordan Weaver struck out nine in a complete-game victory for the Mountaineers as well.
The Mount took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Alisauckas singled to open the inning while McFarland and Heinze walked to load the bases with no outs. Marian Ruf then drove home the first run on an RBI fielder's choice.
The Mount made it 2-0 in the fourth when Kate Wade doubled, and Devon Hutchins singled through the right side to give the Mount a two-run lead. The Mountaineers then broke the game open with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings for a 6-0 lead. In the fifth, Alisauckas doubled and McFarland walked to put runners on first and second. Ruf then doubled home Alisauckas while Wade hit a sacrifice fly to put the Mount up by four. Alisauckas then hit a two-run homer in the sixth, her second home run on the day and fourth of the season.
Soria broke up Weaver's shutout bid with a two-run single in the sixth, but the Mount got one of those runs back in the top of the seventh on Erin Sweeney's RBI single. Coppin State scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to close out the scoring.
Alisauckas led the Mount's nine-hit attack in the game with her three hits. Soria and Brown each had two hits for the Eagles.
SERIES NOTES: The Mountaineers are 34-5 all-time against Coppin State, having won the past 12 meetings between the two teams.
UP NEXT: The Mount hosts LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, April 21, for a 1:00 p.m. Northeast Conference doubleheader at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus.