Mount St. Mary's Softball Celebrates Senior Day with Pair of Wins over Wagner

Mount St. Mary's Softball Celebrates Senior Day with Pair of Wins over Wagner

Emmitsburg, Md. (April 22, 2018)--Mount St. Mary's celebrated Senior Day with a pair of one-run victories over Wagner at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on Sunday afternoon.  The Mount won the opening game, 2-1, in nine innings on Shelbee Holcomb's walk-off two-base hit.  In the second game, the Mountaineers edged Wagner, 10-9, with Shea McFarland throwing out the game-tying run at the plate to end the game.  With the wins, the Mount improves to 14-21-1 overall and 4-6 in the Northeast Conference.

Game 1:  Mount St. Mary's 2, Wagner 1 (9 innings)

Shelbee Holcomb's walk-off double lifted the Mount to a 2-1 win over Wagner in nine innings in the opening game of the doubleheader.  Amanda Berkley pitched a complete-game for the Mount, allowing just four hits and one run to improve to 5-4 on the season.

Wagner's Maite Reece provided an early gem on defense, robbing the Mount's Marian Ruf of a home run in the bottom of the second.  Reece reached over the center field fence to snare Ruf's drive to open the bottom of the second.  The Mount took a 1-0 led in the bottom of the fourth when Alisauckas tripled off the fence in right field, and came home to score on Shea McFarland's groundout to second base.

Berkley kept the Seahawks off the scoreboard until the top of the sixth when Karen Prihoda belted a solo home run to left to even the score.  The Mount had a chance to win in the bottom of the eighth having loaded the bases with two outs on singles by Kaylee Stoner and Alisauckas and Lindsay Heinze's hit batsman.  Wagner pitcher Morgan Brown was able to escape the jam by getting a groundout to short.

After the Mount turned a double-play to end the top of the ninth, the Mountaineers scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning.  Kate Wade led off with a single to left field, and she moved to second on Berkley's sacrifice bunt.  Holcomb then came through with a doubled down the left field line to plate Wade with the game-winning run.

Alisauckas went 2-for-3 at the plate in the win while Wade was 2-for-4.  Berkley struck out one while allowing four hits in her nine-inning complete game.  Brown took the loss for Wagner, striking out seven while allowing two runs and seven hits in 8.2 innings of work.

Game 2:  Mount St. Mary's 10, Wagner 9

The Mount, which leads the NCAA in double plays per game this season, ended the second game with a double-play to hold on for a 10-9 victory.  With runners on first and third with one out, Mount pitcher Berkley fielded a grounder and made the out at first.  The runner on third broke home on Berkley's throw to first, but Mount first baseman Shea McFarland fired the ball home and catcher Jessica Nines made the tag for the final out of the game.  McFarland went 3-for-4 with three RBI to pace the Mountaineers in the win.

Wagner (12-26, 2-9 NEC) opened the high-scoring game with three runs in the top of the second inning off Mount starter Jordan Weaver.  The first two runs came home on bases loaded walks.  Wagner's Stefanie Aplin then singled through the left side to make it 3-0, but Mount left fielder Kate Wade threw out Hannah Lewis, who was trying to score from second, at the plate for the final out of the inning.

The Mountaineers used that momentum for a six-run bottom of the second to take the lead.  Wade singled up the middle to open the inning, stole second, and moved to third on a Nines sacrifice bunt.  Senior Devon Hutchins brought home Wade with an RBI bunt single on a squeeze play.  Hutchins moved to second on a wild pitch, and Kaylee Stoner followed with a base hit to center.  Hutchins moved to third on the play, and she scored when the center fielder had a throwing error on the play.  Kirsten Mumma then singled to third base, and Stoner scored on the play when the third baseman had a throwing error on a throw to third base.  Alisauckas then reached on an error by the third basesman to put runners on first and second for McFarland, who came through with a two-run double to left center field to give the Mount a 5-3 lead.  Heinze followed with an RBI single up the middle to complete the Mount's six-run inning.

The Seahawks answered with three runs in the top of the third to tie the game at 6-6.  Jessica Carlucci's two-run homer to left field cut the Wagner deficit to 6-5.  Karen Prihoda's RBI groundout to second base tied the score.  The Mount answered backwith two runsin the bottom of the third.  Hutchins started the rally with a bunt single, moving to second on a wild pitch.  With two outs, Mumma singled to shortstop to put runners on the corners for Alisauckas, who singled through the left side to put the Mount ahead.  McFarland then singled to center field to make it 8-6.

Wagner got a run back in the top of the fifth to make it a one-run game.  Christina Harkins doubled to right center field to bring home Maddie Marable, who reached on an error, to make it 8-7.  Mount reliever Katie Olson was able to escape the jam when Zoe Bender lined into a double play and Prihoda flied out to left.

The Mount added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth that turned out to be crucial runs in the win.  Alisauckas singled, and pinch runner Lexi Donovan stole secnd base.  Donovan moved to third on a McFarland groundout, and Lindsay Heinze's bunt single on a squeeze play brought home Donovan to put the Mount ahead, 9-7.  Marian Ruf doubled to left to put runners on second and third, and Wade brought home pinch-runner Erin Meagher with a sacrifice fly to give the Mount a 10-7 advantage.

Wagner rallied in the top of the seventh when Marable walked and Harkins followed with a two-run homer to left to make it 10-9.  Zoe Bender then hit a hard grounded past shortstop Stoner that got to left center field for a two-base hit.  The Mount brought in Berkley in relief, and Prihoda singled through the left side to put runners on first and third with one out.  Lewis then grounded out to Berkley, who threw to first to get the second out.  Bender tried to score at home on the play, and McFarland laced a throw home to get Bender out at the plate to end the game.

The Mount's four seniors (Alisauckas, Hutchins, McFarland and Ruf) combined to go 8-fo-15 at the plate in game two with five RBI and four runs scored.  McFarland went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Alisauckas was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Hutchins 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Ruf 1-for-4 with a double in the game.  Heinze and Mumma also had two hits each in the victory.  Katie Olson picked up the win, allowing four runs (three earned) in 4.1 innings of relief to improve to 4-4 on the season.  Berkley picked up her first save of the year while starter Weaver had a pair of strikeouts in two innings.

NOTES:  The Mountaineers honored Alisauckas, Hutchins, McFarland and Ruf with a pre-game Senior Day Ceremony...Amanda Berkley earned the win in game one and followed with a save in game two...Berkley was 3-0 with a 1.70 ERA and one save in 24.2 innings of work this week...Alisauckas went 4-for-7 at the plate in the doubleheader to raise her average to .301 on the year...Alisauckas is hitting .520 (13-for-25) over the past eight games...The Mount turned four double plays in the two games, giving the Mountaineers 31 double plays in 36 games this season...The Mount leads all of NCAA in double plays per game at 0.86 per game.

UP NEXT:  The Mount hosts George Mason for a doubleheader at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus on Wednesday, April 25, at 3:00 p.m.