Mount Softball Uses Long Ball to Rally Past Albany, 9-4

Mount Softball Uses Long Ball to Rally Past Albany, 9-4

Hampton, Va. (March 9, 2019)--Jessica Nines and Lindsay Heinze each hit three-run homers to help Mount St. Mary's to a 9-4 win over Albany at the Pirate-Spartan Classic on Saturday morning.  The Mount rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to close out its spring trip with back-to-back victories. 

Albany (5-5) took advantage of five walks to build a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second inning when the Mount started its rally.  Emilee Kirk led the inning off with a doulbe, and Mariah Godde added a single to put two runners on base.  Nines then cracked a three-run homer to bring the Mount's deficit to 4-3.

Mount St. Mary's took the lead for good with a five-run fourth inning, highlighted by Heinze's three-run blast.  Kaia Bonshock walked to lead off the inning, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  Erin Meagher pinch ran for Bonshock, and she scored on Kaylee Stoner's single to even the score at 4-4.  Kirsten Mumma moved Stoner to second with a sacrifice bunt, and Shelbee Holcomb contineud to swing a hot bat with a base hit to plate Stoner with the go-ahead run.  Morgan Alisauckas walked, which prompted a pitching change for the Great Danes. Heinze greeted reliever Maranda Jimenez with a three-run homer to give the Mount an 8-4 advantage.

The Mount added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to round out the scoring.

Katie Olson earned the win with a fantastic relief effort, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits.  Amanda Berkley closed out the game, allowing no runs and one hit in 1.1 innings of work.  Alisauckas went 2-for-3 in the game as the Mount had seven different players record a hit in the contest.

The Mount won three of its final four games to finish its spring trip with a 4-6 record.  Mount St. Mary's is back in action on Wednesday, March 13, when Maryland-Eastern Shore visits Our Lady of the Meadows Field for the Mount's home-opening doubleheader.  Game one starts at 2:00 p.m.