Mount Softball Stretches Win Streak to Five with Doubleheader Sweep at Bryant

Mount Softball Stretches Win Streak to Five with Doubleheader Sweep at Bryant

Smithfield, R.I. (April 28, 2018)--Morgan Alisauckas homered in each game as Mount St. Mary's stretched its win streak to five with a doubleheader sweep at Bryant on Saturday.  The Mount won the opening game, 5-1, before taking game two, 7-3.  The Mount improves to 16-21-1 overall and 6-6 in the Northeast Conference with the victory.

GAME 1: Mount St. Mary's 5, Bryant 1

The Mount scored three times in the top of the first en route to a 5-1 win in the opening game of the doubleheader.  Freshman pitcher Amanda Berkley tossed a complete-game five-hitter to earn her fourth consecutive victory in the win.

Mount St. Mary's took advantage of three walks to score three times in the top of the first.  Walks to Shea McFarland, Lindsay Heinze and Kate Wade loaded the bases with two outs for Shelbee Holcomb, who came through with a double to right-center field to give the Mount a 2-0 lead.  A passed ball then allowed Wade to scamper home with the third run of the inning.

Alisauckas belted a solo home run in the top of the second to give the Mount a 4-0 advantage.  In the fourth, Berkley helped her own cause with a single to center field.  Stoner reached on a Bryant error, with pinch-runner Lexi Donovan moving to third base.  After Stoner stole second to put runners on second and third, Kirsten Mumma's RBI groundout to short gave the Mount a five-run lead.

The Bulldogs (12-29, 6-8 NEC) scored their lone run in the bottom of the sixth on a Jessica Gradillas RBI single.  In the bottom of the seventh, Bryant had runners on first and second with one out, but Berkley struck out the final two batters to close out the win.

Berkley allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to improve to 6-4 on the season.  She struck out five in the win, and is now 4-0 with one save and a 1.55 ERA and four complete games over her past five appearances.  Wade finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate.

GAME 2:  Mount St. Mary's 7, Bryant 3

Alisauckas went 3-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored to lead the Mount past Bryant, 7-3, in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Mount again jumped to the early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.  Alisauckas singled up the middle to start the inning, and Lindsay Heinze's double to right-center field plated Alisauckas with the game's first run.  Marian Ruf followed with a single to center field, and Wade's RBI single to left center made it 2-0, chasing Bryant starter Logan Paul in the process.

Alisauckas hit her second home run of the day, a solo shot in the top of the second, to stretch the lead to 3-0.  It is her sixth home run of the year, tying her with Heinze for the team lead.  Bryant got a run back in the bottom of the second, but Ruf opened the top of the third with a line drive home run over the left field fence to push the lead back to three.

The Mount made it 5-1 in the fourth when McFarland walked, and Heinze followed with a base hit to left field.  Bryant's left fielder had the ball get past her for an error on Heinze's hit, and McFarland was able to score all the way from first base.  The Bulldogs made it 5-2 with a run in the bottom of the fourth on Gabrielle Ermish's RBI double.  The Mount answered with two runs in the top of the sixth to push the lead to 7-2.  Mumma and Alisauckas singled to open the inning, with an error on the left fielder on the Alisauckas base hit putting runners on second and third.  McFarland and Heinze followed with RBI groundouts to give the Mount a five-run lead.

Bryant rallied in the sixth, loading the bases with no outs.  Robyn Ukegawa then singled to left to cut the Mount lead to 7-3, and Bryant had the tying run at the plate.  Mount reliever Kate Olson, however, escaped the jam with no further damage by getting a groundout, a popout, and a groundout to keep the Mount advantage at four runs.  Kaleight Goulart hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, but Olson retired the final two batters on groundouts to earn the win.

Olson allowed three hits and two runs in 3.2 innings of work to improve to 5-4 on the season.  Starter Jordan Weaver allowed two runs and five hits in 3.1 innings of work.  Alisauckas went 3-for-5 at the plate to lead the Mount offense that cranked out 13 hits in game two.  Heinze was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Ruf 2-for-4 as well in the win.

NOTES:  Alisauckas has reached base in each of the past 14 games, hitting a team-high .457 over that stretch...Alisauckas was 4-for-9 with two home runs and four runs scored in the doubleheader...Wade, Ruf and Heinze also had three hits on the day...The Mount moved into fifth place in the Northeast Conference standings with a 6-6 league mark...The top four teams in the regular season advance to the NEC Tournament.

UP NEXT: The Mount travels to Central Connecticut on Sunday for another key NEC matchup.  The Blue Devils are in third place in the league standings, one game ahead of the Mount with a 7-5 NEC record.  The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at noon.