Statesboro, Ga. (February 16, 2019)—Mount St. Mary's dropped a pair of close games today at the Georgia Southern Eagle Round Robin. The Mount opened the day with a 3-0 loss to IUPUI before falling to host Georgia Southern, 3-2, this evening. Mount St. Mary's falls to 1-3 on the season.
GAME 1: IUPUI 3, Mount St. Mary's 0
IUPUI's Lexi Lucas tossed a complete-game one-hitter to lead her team to a 3-0 win over the Mount this afternoon. The Mount's Avery Neuhart took a hard-luck loss, allowing three unearned runs in her first career complete game.
With one out in the top of the fourth, IUPUI's Haley Ginger reached on an error, and moved to secnd on a Delaney Thompson base hit. Ginger then scored the game's first run on a Sabrina Trevino single to left center. IUPUI added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh for a 3-0 advantage.
The Mount's Morgan Alisauckas broke up the no-hit bid with a one-out double. Kaia Bonshock then reached on an error to put runners on the corners with two outs, but Shelbee Holcomb was retired for the final out of the game.
Neuhart allowed six hits and three unearned runs in her first career start for the Mountaineers. She struck out one while walking one in the game.
GAME 2: Georgia Southern 3, Mount St. Mary's 2
Georgia Southern scored in the bottom of the seventh to down the Mount, 3-2, on Saturday evening. The Mount had tied the game in the top of the seventh on a two-out RBI infield single by Mariah Godde.
Georgia Southern got on the board quickly in the bottom of the first when Shayla Smith doubled and Faith Shirley singled to plate the first run of the game.
Mount St. Mary's evened the score in the top of the fourth. With two outs and no one on base, Heinze doubled, and Emilee Kirk singled to right to bring her home with the game-tying run.
Georgia Southern regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run by Logan Harrell. Mount St. Mary's had a chance to tie in the sixth when Kaylee Stoner walked and Morgan Alisauckas singled to put runners at first and second with no outs. A wild pitch moved the runners up, but Georgia Southern got out of the jam with three consecutive pop outs.
The Mount evened the score in the top of the seventh. Berkley singled to right to start the rally, and pinch runner Megan Black moved to second on a Jessica Nines bunt. Lexi Donovan came on to run at second, and she moved up one base on a groundout. Donovan then came home to score when Godde beat out an infield single to tie the game.
The Eagles loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and brought home the winning run when Hannah Farrell reached on a Mount error.
Berkley allowed three runs (two earned) in 6.2 innings while striking out three batters. Heinze and Maggie Kane each had doubles for the Mount in the game.
The Mount closes out the tournament tomorrow against Georgia Southern at 2:00 p.m.