Mount Softball Begins Four-Game Weekend at George Washington on Friday

Mount Softball Begins Four-Game Weekend at George Washington on Friday

The Mount St. Mary's softball team is back in action this weekend with a doubleheader at George Washington on Friday, and a pair of games at the Pirate-Spartan Classic on Sunday.

Friday, February 22
12:30 p.m. at George Washington (DH)

Sunday, February 24 (Pirate-Spartan Classic at Norfolk State)

6:00 p.m. vs. St. Bonaventure

2:00 p.m. at Norfolk State

Mount St. Mary's opened the 2019 season by going 1-4 at the Eagle Round Robin hosted by Georgia Southern.  Kaia Bonshock (.444, 4-for-9) and Morgan Alisauckas (.438, 7-for-16) led the Mount offense while freshman Avery Neuhart had a strong start to her Mount career, going 0-1 with a 0.54 ERA in 13.0 innings of work.

ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON:  George Washington opened the season by going 3-2 at the Gardner-Webb Tournament.  The Colonials posted two wins over Furman (6-4 and 9-4) and one against Georgetown (11-2, 5 inn.) at the Tournament.  Sidney Bloomfield (7-for-11, .636) and Marta Fuentes (8-for-16, .500) had strong starts to the weekend while Jessica Linquist (6-for-14, .429) provided the power with a double, a triple, two home runs and eight RBI in the five games.  Sierra Lange led the pitching staff with a 2-1 record and a 2.52 ERA in 16.2 innings of work.

ABOUT ST. BONAVENTURE:  St. Bonaventure will be opening the season this weekend at the Pirate-Spartan Classic.  The Bonnies went 10-32 last year and were led by Grace Perechinsky (.348) and Alexandra Deal (.328).  Rylee Hehir went 6-13 with a 5.64 ERA in 22 starts last season.

ABOUT NORFOLK STATE:  Norfolk State is 1-4 on the season after splitting a doubleheader with Delaware to start the year, and then dropping all three games at the Longwood Lancer Lauch.  The Spartans fell to Northeast Conference member Robert Morris, 11-8, at the Longwood Tournament.  Makenna Heimann (5-for-9, .556) and Shelby DesChamps (9-for-20, .450) lead the offense while Shannon Buffington (2.63 ERA, 4 app) and Skylar Swain (1-1, 2.90 ERA) lead the pitching staff.

vs. George Washington:  Mount St. Mary's is 8-11-1 all-time against George Washington in the series that began in 2003.  The Mount holds a 2-8-1 record on the road against the Colonials.  The teams last met on March 11, 2014, splitting a doubleheader at GW.  The Mount won the first game, 7-1, before falling, 5-3, in game two.

vs. St. Bonaventure:  The Mount is 6-6 all-time against St. Bonaventure.  This will be the first meeting between the two teams since the Mount defeated the Bonnies, 15-2, on March 17, 2013.  All 12 meetings between the two schools have been at a neutral site. Mount St. Mary's head coach Anna Nagro is a 2007 graduate of St. Bonaventure.

vs. Norfolk State:  This will be the first-ever meeting between the Mount and Norfolk State.

PRESEASON POLL:  The Mount was tabbed to finish in seventh in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.  Sacred Heart was the unanimous pick to win it all, followed by LIU Brooklyn, Saint Francis U, Central Connecticut, Bryant, Fairleigh Dickinson, the Mount, Wagner and Robert Morris.  The Mount finished tied for sixth in the NEC standings last year with a 7-9 league record.

2018 RECAP:  The Mountaineers posted a 17-26-1 overall record and a 7-9 mark in the Northeast Conference last season.  Morgan Alisauckas led the team with a .316 average while Lindsay Heinze hit .294 with team-highs of 11 doubles and 27 RBI.  Alisauckas and Heinze tied for the team lead with six home runs each.  In the circle, Katie Olson (5-4, 4.20 ERA), Amanda Berkley (7-7, 4.28 ERA) and Jordan Weaver (5-12, 4.88 ERA) all return for the Mount this year.

HEAD COACH ANNA NAGRO:  Nagro begins her ninth season at the helm of the Mount softball program, the longest tenure by a head coach in the history of the program.  Nagro has led the Mount to 37 wins over the past two seasons, including 20 in 2017, the most by a Mount team since the 2010 campaign.

UP NEXT:  The Mountaineers head the Hatter Classic hosted by Stetson on March 2-3.  The Mount will play North Dakota and host Stetson two times each.