Norfolk, Va. (February 24, 2019)—Mount St. Mary's earned a pair of wins at the Spartan-Pirate Classic on Sunday, held at Norfolk State. The Mount defeated the host school, Norfolk State, 6-2, in the first game before rallying for a 6-4 win over St. Bonaventure on Sunday night. Morgan Alisauckas continued her hot start to the season, driving home seven runs in the two Mount victories.
GAME 1: Mount St. Mary's 6, Norfolk State 2
Morgan Alisauckas provided the offense while Avery Neuhart tossed a complete game to lead the Mount to a 6-2 win over Norfolk State. Alisauckas went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, and five RBI to lead the Mountaineers.
In the first, Kate Wade walked with one out, and Alisauckas followed with a double to left center field to plate Wade with the first run of the game. Lindsay Heinze then singled up the middle to put runners on the corners, and Kaia Bonshock drove home Alisauckas on a fielder's choice.
Alisauckas added a two-run double in the fifth to stretch the lead to 4-0. Shelbee Holcomb reached on an error, and Mariah Godde followed with a base hit. After a Wade sacrifice bunt, Alisauckas laced a double to center field to make it 4-0. Alisauckas added to the lead with a two-run homer in the top of the seventh that pushed the Mount advantage to 6-0.
Neuhart had her shutout bid end in the bottom of the seventh when Norfolk State scored a pair of runs. She struck out four in the complete-game victory, allowing six hits and two earned runs to earn her first collegiate victory.
Alisauckas led the way by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI in the win. Godde added two hits and a run scored while Wade scored twice.
GAME 2: Mount St. Mary's 6, St. Bonaventure 4
Msriah Godde belted a three-run homer to highlight a five-run sixth inning to help the Mount rally from a three-run deficit in a 6-4 win over St. Bonaventure in the second game of the day. Godde went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the victory.
The Mount (3-6) got off to a quick start when Godde singled to lead off the game, and moved to third on a Kaylee Stoner single to right field. Morgan Alisauckas then drove home Godde with a groundout to first to put the Mount on the scoreboard.
St. Bonaventure tied the game in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly, and then took the lead on an Alexandra Piergustavo two-run homer in the second. The Bonnies extended the lead to 4-1 on a Pergustavo RBI single in the bottom of the fourth.
The Mount rallied with five runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Kate Wade opened the inning with a two-base hit, and after a strikeout, Emilee Kirk singled to put runners at the corners. Wade cut the deficit to 4-2 when she stole home. Kirsten Mumma walked, and Godde provided the big hit, a three-run blast down the left field line to give the Mount a 5-4 lead. It is Godde's second home run on the year. Stoner followed with a base hit to chase St. Bonaventure pitcher Ally Haskell. Stoner advanced to second on a passed ball, and Alisauckas laced a base hit to bring her home to give the Mount a two-run advantage.
Mount starter Amanda Berkley took over from there, retiring the Bonnies in order in each of the final two innings to close out the victory.
Godde led the way with her three-hit game while Kirk and Stoner added two hits each for the Mountaineers. Berkley earned the win, allowing four runs in a complete-game performance. Berkley retired the final nine batters she faced, and struck out six in the game.
UP NEXT: Mount St. Mary's returns to action at the Stetson Hatter Classic on March 2-3 in Deland, Fla. The Mount will face North Dakota and Stetson each day at the tournament.